John Atkin

Operating director

John Atkin is an Operating Director at Paine Schwartz Partners.

Mr. Atkin retired from his position as Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta, a global leader in technology for agriculture and horticulture, in December 2014. He was a member of the leadership team that created the company in 2000, and by 2015, sales had more than doubled and Syngenta was serving farmers and growers in 90 countries with around 30,000 employees. Since retirement, he has been appointed Chairman of Spearhead International, a U.K. based farming company managing 200,000 acres of farmland in five European countries. The company is also engaged in seed multiplication and has supply chain management operations for food processors. He was also appointed as a board member of AgBiTech in 2016.

Mr. Atkin is on the board of AgBiTech and Spearhead International. He is also a non-executive board member of AgriMetis, a venture capital funded company innovating in crop protection chemicals, and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and. He has been a member of the board of Driscoll’s, a U.S. based global fresh produce company, since March 2011. Mr. Atkin earned his Bachelor’s degree from Newcastle University.