Science company Royal DSM, has appointed Patricia Malarkey as new chief innovation officer and member of the executive committee.

Malarkey was previously head of research & development and member of the executive committee at biotech company Syngenta. She replaces Rob van Leen who has decided to step down from his position and focus on non-executive roles outside of DSM in the second half of 2019.

Malarkey has 30 years of experience in agricultural innovation and a breadth of technical knowledge across biology, chemistry, and biotechnology, DSM says. She will be based in Geleen, the Netherlands, reporting to DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma.

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