Syngenta has appointed Jon Parr as chief operating officer effective January 1st 2015. He will replace John Atkin, who will retire at the end of 2014. Mr Parr will assume responsibility for two of the company’s four regions: Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America. North America and Asia Pacific will remain under the company’s other chief operating officer, Davor Pisk. Mr Parr has worked for Syngenta and its legacy companies since 1987. Since the beginning of 2014, he has held the role of head of global crops and assets, targeting the optimisation of global crop and product platforms. Mr Atkin will join the Board of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture following his retirement.