Duraiswami (D) Narain
Duraiswami Narain has been appointed as an Additional Director of Bayer CropScience Limited w.e.f. October 23, 2018. Further w.e.f. 1 December, 2018 Mr. Narain has been appointed as Vice Chairman & Managing Director and CEO of Bayer CropScience Limited.
Duraiswami Narain has more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry, having previously worked for ITC Limited in India as part of its agribusiness start-up team. He joined Monsanto in 1998 as CFO for the India Region and over the course of his career with the company, has held numerous roles throughout the global organization, including serving as CFO for Monsanto’s International Business and CEO for the India Region.
He has worked with farmers across six continents, which allowed him to gain a deep understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges facing growers from region to region. These insights helped him lead important initiatives, including the launch of global financing programs to support critical working capital needs of Monsanto’s farmer customers. He also led the company’s pioneering efforts in establishing a free mobile phone platform in India that provides smallholder farmers access to key agricultural insights. The platform has since expanded to benefit smallholder farmers in countries across Asia and Africa.
A resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Narain currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau, World Trade Center St. Louis and the Center for Women in Transition.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Chartered Accountant.