After 38 years with Bayer and the Monsanto companies, Brett Begemann has announced he will retire as chief operating officer and Rodrigo Santos has been tapped to succeed Begemann, effective June 8.

Santos currently serves as the Head of Crop Science Commercial Operations for Latin America. The Brazilian national has spent over 23 years with the company and has led the Latin American Crop Science business for Bayer since the integration of Monsanto and Bayer in 2018.

Earlier in his career, Santos worked in sales, marketing, strategy and business development jobs, including a leadership role in Eastern Europe. 

Begemann held many global and regional leadership positions during his 38-year career with the company. Before the Monsanto acquisition in 2018, Begemann was responsible for the global commercial and operations teams at Monsanto as president and chief operating officer.

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Bayer has also announced Mauricio Rodrigues, currently head of finance for crop science in Latin America, will replace Santos as the new head of crop sciences commercial operations for Latin America. He has been with the company since 1999, holding many leadership roles in finance in Brazil, Mexico and the United States, before becoming head of finance for crop science, Latin America.

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