Paine & Partners hires former Syngenta executive

Robert Berendes has joined the US agribusiness private equity firm as operations director.

US agribusiness private equity firm Paine & Partners has hired an ex-Syngenta executive as operations director to expand the firm’s current team.

Robert Berendes will be responsible for enhancing operations and implementing growth strategies in Paine & Partners’ portfolio companies, according to a press release.

Berendes currently serves on the board of Verdesian Life Sciences, Paine & Partners’ agriculture technology investment platform. It is understood he will continue his role at Verdesian.

Berendes’ experience in the agriculture industry is wide-ranging, including co-owning a-connect, a project management consultancy firm where he advises life science and industrial clients. He spent 12 years at Syngenta, the crop science specialist, as business development manager and as a member of the executive committee.