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Eileen D. Watson Selected as 2003 Outstanding Alumna

Eileen D. Watson and Leonard Francl

Eileen D. Watson and Leonard Francl

Eileen D. Watson is a leader of a global re-engineering project for Syngenta, a world-leading agribusiness specializing in crop protection and commercial seed distribution. She also has served as Syngenta's business planning and forecasting redesign leader. Previously, Watson worked as vice president of product portfolio management in the marketing department of Novartis Crop Protection Inc. and as global head of product management for the Novartis fungicides unit, stationed in Basel, Switzerland. She also held positions at Ciba-Geigy Corporation, where she managed commercial and regulatory affairs. Watson earned a bachelor's degree in plant pathology at Cornell University in 1975. She obtained a master's degree in plant breeding from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1978 and earned a doctorate in plant pathology from Penn State in 1982.