WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, USA — Charles Magro, also known as Chuck, has been appointed chief executive officer at Corteva, Inc., effective November 1. He will succeed James C. Collins Jr. who will be retiring at the end.
Magro was most recently CEO of Nutrien, from its launch in 2018 to April 2021. Before that, Magro was the president and CEO at Agrium, which merged into PotashCorp to create Nutrien. Magro was previously chief operating officer, chief risks officer, vice president manufacturing, and executive vice president for corporate development before he was named CEO of Agrium. After a long career at NOVA Chemicals, Magro joined Agrium in 2009.
Magro is an active member of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Magro was vice chairman of The International Fertilizer Association, past chair and board member at The Fertilizer Institute, and served as a board trustee for The World Economic Forum’s Food Systems Initiative. He provided strategic leadership in building inclusive, sustainable, efficient and healthy global food systems.
He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.
Greg Page, Corteva’s independent chairman, stated that Chuck has a proven track record of driving profitable growth in the agricultural industry through innovation and execution. Chuck was a strong leader at Nutrien, its predecessor Agrium. He created and integrated the largest crop inputs, solutions and services company in the world and created a culture that is committed to operational excellence and sustainable agriculture solutions. We are confident that he will carry our momentum forward and provide significant shareholder value in the near and long-term.
Magro said, “Corteva is the leading global agricultural technology company. I am excited to continue the momentum Jim Collins’ and his amazing team have created. We have an amazing opportunity to accelerate Corteva’s growth and create value. Corteva has a long tradition of innovation, strong customer relationships and sustainability as its core business. Corteva has the ideal platform to help farmers transform their agriculture and create new ways of protecting the environment. “I can’t wait for the adventure to begin.”