London, England: Syngenta has appointed leading turfgrass specialist Marcela Munoz as the company’s new Technical Services Manager for Turf & Vegetation Management across Europe.
Munoz’s appointment will commence in early December. She replaces Dr Simon Watson, who has moved to Singapore to head up the Syngenta Turf technical team for Asia Pacific and Australasia.
Moving to the United Kingdom from Chile, Munoz has extensive knowledge and experience of turf management and scientific research in the US and South America.
Most recently she has been working for the STRI as a turf agronomy consultant to FIFA for the delivery of the 2014 World Cup pitches.
Munoz is an International Committee Member of the Sports Turf Managers Association of America (STMA) and Leader of the Global Turf Network. She holds an MSc in Turf and Turfgrass Management from Ohio State University, where she also undertook research and on-course turf agronomy projects.
Based near Cambridge in England, Munoz will work closely with the Syngenta Turf Research facility at Stein in Switzerland, as well as independent researchers, agronomists, greenkeepers and sports turf managers across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Her role includes commissioning pioneering research to maintain Syngenta at the leading edge of turf science, as well as delivering the results back to the industry in the form of practical solutions to help create consistently better playing surfaces.
Syngenta is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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