Monsanto CEO to lecture in Sept. 26 Executive Speaker Series

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Sept. 26 installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Hugh Grant, chairman, president and CEO of Monsanto, a global agricultural companyORANGEBURG – The next installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Hugh Grant, chairman, president and CEO of Monsanto, a global agricultural company.

The lecture – “The Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry in a Global Context” – will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m. in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864 or Debbie Morant at (803) 536-7138.

The Executive Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, is a component of the Leadership and Professional Development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, AT&T, Ameriprise Financial, Black Enterprise, Blue Cross Blue Shield, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Hugh Grant is 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.

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, as well as Delta and Pine Land Company – and its biotechnology products – including Roundup Ready soybeans, corn and cotton, Bollgard insect-protected cotton and the YieldGard family of insect-protected corn products – 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.

Monsanto (NYSE: MON) has global headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Global locations include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Stovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of Monsanto in May 2003, and chairman of the board in October 2003, 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.

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, Mo., 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, 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.

Grant is a director of PPG Industries Inc. and is a board member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Group of CropLife International and a member of Civic Progress in St. Louis. Grant serves on the Board of Commissioners of the St. Louis Science Center, the Board of Trustees of Washington University and is an international advisory board member of Scottish Enterprise.

Born in Larkhall, Scotland, Grant earned a B.S. degree in agricultural zoology, with honors, at Glasgow University. He also earned a post-graduate degree in agriculture at Edinburgh University and an MBA at the International Management Centre in Buckingham, United Kingdom.

The Executive Speaker Series was implemented in the core curriculum of the School of Business in 1996 as a component of the Leadership and Professional development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.