Chairman, President & CEO
Hugh Grant is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Monsanto Company.
Monsanto is an agriculture company, focused on applying innovation and technology to make its farmer customers more productive and profitable by offering products that help farmers produce food, fiber and feed. Today, Monsanto has platforms in large-acre crops, including corn, cotton and oilseeds as well as small-acre crops, including its Seminis vegetable-seed business. Monsanto's established brands - including DEKALB, Asgrow and Stoneville seed - and its biotechnology products - including Roundup Ready soybeans, corn and cotton, Bollgard insect-protected cotton and the YieldGard family of insect-protected corn - have established Monsanto as a leader in the agricultural seed-and-trait industry. Additionally, Roundup agricultural herbicides remain the world's No. 1 selling herbicides. In addition to these core businesses, Mr. Grant is also responsible for the strategic planning and development of new growth platforms from Monsanto's research-and-development investments in genomics, biotechnology and other technologies applied to agricultural, food, and animal production systems.
Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of Monsanto in May 2003 and chairman of the board in October 2003, Mr. Grant served three years as executive vice president and chief operating officer with overall responsibility for leading the operations and performance of the commercial seed, chemistry and biotechnology traits businesses inclusive of sales and marketing, information technology, distribution and manufacturing worldwide.
Mr. Grant joined the former Monsanto Company in 1981 in Scotland, and spent the first 10 years of his career with Monsanto's agricultural business in a variety of European sales, product development and management responsibilities. In 1991, he relocated to St. Louis as global strategy director of the agriculture division and was responsible for global management of the Roundup herbicide franchise. In 1995, he was named Monsanto's managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, where he had responsibility for the company's agriculture, nutrition and pharmaceutical businesses in Southeast Asia.
In 1998, Mr. Grant was named co-president of the company's agriculture division, where he jointly oversaw global business operations and led the business and product strategy. In this role, he also formulated the long-term business strategy that led to an integrated product portfolio platform of chemistry, seeds and biotechnology traits.
Mr. Grant is a director of PPG Industries, Inc. and is a board member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He is a member of the President's Advisory Group of CropLife International and a member of Civic Progress in St. Louis. Mr. Grant serves on the Board of Trustees of Washington University and is an international advisory board member of Scottish Enterprise.
Born in Larkhall, Scotland, Mr. Grant earned a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural zoology with honors at Glasgow University. He also earned a post-graduate degree in agriculture at Edinburgh University, and a master's of business administration at the International Management Centre in Buckingham, United Kingdom.
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. For more information on Monsanto, see: www.monsanto.com.