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“My goal at ADAMA is to work with the global team to build the company into a powerhouse in the crop protection industry, a reference point for employees and peers alike.”

Ignacio, a leading crop protection industry expert, has been with ADAMA for 20 years, and part of its Management and Executive Committee for more than a decade. He has been instrumental in crafting and implementing the Company’s global commercial and offering strategy. Prior to his position as CEO, Ignacio was the Executive CCO in charge of the company’s commercial activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and of the IDR (Innovation, R&D and Registration) Division.

He started his career in the Agchem industry in a marketing role in ICI / Zeneca, an agrochemicals business that was later combined with Novartis to form Syngenta. Early in the 90’s, Ignacio joined American Cyanamid where he held several leadership roles, including part of the company’s international division. In January 2001, he caught the attention of ADAMA’s executives and was asked to join the team as the leader of the company’s operations in Spain.

Ignacio holds an M.Sc. in Physics, specializing in automatic calculus, artificial intelligence structure of microprocessors and programming languages, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

On a more personal note: Ignacio enjoys classical music, reading, art and all things Real Madrid.

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As head of Operations , Elad is responsible for overseeing the company’s global operations, including Corporate QHSE(Quality, Health, Safety and Environment), Manufacturing, Procurement, Supply Chain, , Engineering, and Strategic Projects. He is charged with ensuring the effective and efficient operation of 19 sites around the world.

Elad joined ADAMA in 1999 as Head of R&D of Agan Aroma and Fine Chemicals. He then served as COO of Agan Aroma and Fine Chemicals and CEO of Negev Aroma. Thereafter, he assumed the role of Head of Global Chemical R&D alongside his roles in Aroma. In August 2014 he was appointed VP of Innovation, Development, Research and Regulatory Affairs (IDR). In 2020 Elad was appointed as EVP, Global Operations and a member of the group's Executive Committee, a senior management forum.

Elad holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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“I am a firm advocate of ethics and corporate responsibility across all business and legal entities. All aspects of my work reflect my dedication to these values.”

Michal Arlosoroff joined Adama in 2007, bringing more than 20 years of executive experience in financial, commercial and regulatory issues, including various aspects of capital raising and the capital markets, and complex global commercial transactions.

Michal manages all the Board of Directors' activities and all securities law requirements under the Israeli and the Chinese law, while dealing extensively with all global legal activities related to Adama's 50 subsidiaries around the globe. She is involved in all large M&A transactions the company is a party to as well as large , complex commercial deals. In addition Michal oversees all Intellectual Property and patent aspects in the company, as well as complexed litigation. As part of her role Michal manages a team of experienced lawyers all over the world, as well as a large team of patent attorneys and Trademarks lawyers.

Michal is also in charge of compliance in the group and serves as its Corporate Social Responsibility Officer. 

Prior to Adama, Michal served as Full Partner and General Manager at E.S. Shimron, I. Molho, Persky &Co., one of the most prominent, respected and established law firms in Israel.

Michal holds an LL.B. as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Labor Relations (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. She also graduated from Harvard Business School the Advanced Management Program (AMP186).

On a more personal note, Michal loves to exercise mainly swimming and running yet her great love is reading books.

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“The mindset of managing People Potential instead of “Human Resources” is more than just a matter of terminology. This mindset is a pre-requisite for recognizing the importance of empowering people to develop and grow, and how doing this will fuel their motivation and engagement alongside the company’s success.”

Mody joined ADAMA in 2010 as the People Business Partner for the Company's Global Resources Division, having supported the integration of all global operations including manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, HSE, and chemical R&D.

He brings nearly 30 years of experience, having held senior People positions at multiple industry leading organizations such as Amdocs and Orbotech, and including four years as the Head of Behavioral Science Unit of the Intelligence Corps of the IDF, having retired from his 20-year military service in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mody is driven by the mission to help unleash the full potential and capabilities of ADAMA’s people, who he views as the most essential element of the company’s success, from its very beginnings and into the future.

A quote that he finds to be inspiring for his People mission comes from the Isha Foundation: “If you consider a human being as a resource, the nature of a resource is such that if you pick up a resource, we already know its qualities. A human being is a possibility. So, when you get a human being in your hands and if you think this is a resource you will never unfold the genius of that human being. But for this to happen, the People who lead have to set the example, set the atmosphere and set the level of inspiration.”

Mody, holds a BA in Psychology and Criminology, and an MA in Psychology, both from Bar-Ilan University. He is a certified psychologist and has a family and group therapy certificate. Mody is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, jogging, and spending time with his family and friends.

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“China is the third largest and one of the fastest growing crop protection markets in the world, as well as a leading source for innovative development and high-quality manufacturing for the global agrochemical industry. Our effort in China aims to capitalize on the multiple opportunities in this fast-growing market, and to support the China Forward vision of Adama.”

Bringing extensive experience as an executive in the crop protection industry and the agrochemical and chemical sectors, An Liru joined Adama in 2017, following the successful combination of Adama and Sanonda, having played a pivotal role in the integration process.

Prior to his current role, he served as the secretary of the CPC and chairman of CNAC (China National Agrochemical Corporation), and has led the HH and Anpon entities, which are part of the ChemChina group. Under his leadership these entities greatly improved their performance and results.

In his current role, An has overall responsibility for Adama’s China operations, aiming to expand our commercial presence and develop our operational and R&D capabilities, serving both our Chinese and global markets.

Throughout his career, An has drawn great inspiration from the famous African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” He believes in the great talent available in China, and that it will contribute much to Adama’s global success.

An holds an MBA and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, all from Nanjing University.

An Liru enjoys badminton, mountain climbing, and reading, especially philosophy.

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“Listening to, understanding and exceeding customer needs is at the core of our contribution to production agriculture. With the diversity and evolving needs of our market, our talented and motivated teams are how we deliver the customer promise. As a result of our focus and resilient mindset, our growth and performance with customers will continue to accelerate and fuel our innovation for the future.”

Steve Hawkins joined ADAMA in 2021, and is responsible for our North American Ag business, Latin America, as well as our Consumer and Professional (Non-Crop) businesses globally.

Steve has spent his entire career in agriculture and held numerous positions across the Syngenta business globally. In his former role as Syngenta Regional Director EAME, he successfully led the EMEA team, delivering on challenging targets in very difficult environments.

Steve began his career in sales with GROWMARK in Canada before joining one of Syngenta’s legacy companies, ICI Canada nearly 3 decades ago. He held a number of senior roles during his time with the company, including Head of Sales CP & Seeds USA, Head of Commercial Operations for NA Corn & Soya Seeds, Country Head for Japan and South Korea, and Regional Director APAC for both CP and Seeds.

Steve holds a Diploma in Agriculture and an Executive MBA, both from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and has a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Studies from Toronto’s York University.

To this day Steve maintains a family farm with his wife in his native Canada. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing ice hockey, skiing, hiking, boating, and fishing.

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“ADAMA APAC serves customers in nine countries with nine different cultures and languages. The key to succeeding in such a diverse and complex market, and to building a strong foundation for growth – is our people. It is our goal to constantly attract the industry’s best people and to make sure that we all live by our company’s great values, and – of course – have fun. We have a great opportunity for growth in the region – and I see our people as playing a strategic role in making that happen.”

David Peters joined ADAMA Australia in 2004 as the General Manager of Sales. In 2007 he was appointed Managing Director, charged with the responsibility for the growth and success of the Australia and New Zealand business.

David brings over 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry. Prior to joining ADAMA, he held a tenure of 17 years with Landmark, Australia’s largest distributor, having served in various leadership roles including General Manager of Procurement.

In his current role at ADAMA, David is focused on ensuring growth for the company through differentiation and innovation, not only in the product offering, but in everything the APAC team does. This includes ensuring that every engagement with customers is personalized to their specific needs, supporting partners with close attention, and ensuring that the broadly dispersed, yet highly connected team is always motivated to outperform both internal and external expectations.

In his spare time David enjoys being with his family, exercising, watching sports – especially Australian rugby, playing golf, reading the paper with a good cup of coffee, and listening to music.

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“Brazil is the largest and one of the fastest growing crop protection markets in the world. Moreover, as a leading producer of core crops it also holds a strong position globally in the export of food, feed, and fiber. Our goal for the company in Brazil is to ensure ongoing growth by continually providing farmers innovative solutions and by supporting their effort to enhance yields.”

Bringing extensive experience in the crop protection industry, Romeu Stanguerlin joined ADAMA in June 2014 as Marketing Director, and since April 2019 has been leading the company’s operations in Brazil.

Prior to joining the company, he served at Syngenta for over twenty years, holding various leadership roles across multiple regions and countries, including Head of Marketing for the Andean, Caribbean and Central America Region, Head of the Commercial Unit in the Czech & Slovak Republics, as well as leading marketing, strategic planning, and sales in Brazil.

In his current role, Romeu is charged with the overall responsibility for ADAMA’s operations in Brazil, focusing on driving growth, implementing differentiated financial and marketing strategies, and enabling R&D innovation.

As based on his rich background across diverse markets and cultures, he deeply believes in the power of people development for creating great companies, and always says that “strength lies in our differences, not in our similarities.”

Romeu holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering and an MBA in Marketing & Administration from the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

During his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, walking, and traveling with his family.

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“This is a broadly diverse region with very many different needs. This is why take such great care to be as close as possible to the farmers & their channel partners here, to understand the impact of local market, environmental, and regulatory dynamics on their day-to-day. Feeding those insights back into product design is part of what makes our portfolio offering so relevant & powerful.”

Rob joined ADAMA in 2000 to establish the company’s UK subsidiary. After initially serving as Commercial Manager, he was appointed to the position of Managing Director of ADAMA UK, carrying the business to a leading industry position. In 2019, after nine years of serving as GM of ADAMA US and then VP ADAMA North America, he was appointed to his current role, VP North Europe. 

Rob believes that there are no short-cuts to success, when aiming to bring value to farmers and to bolster the company’s unique position in the market. Rather, achieving these goals requires discipline, close monitoring, investing in the team, and acquiring diversely professional talent for expanding into new areas.

Throughout his career, Rob has been inspired by Mohandas Gandhi’s quote: “be the change you want to see in the world.” He believes that to be an effective leader you need to be authentic, congruent, and to always lead by example.

Rob has published research in plant biochemistry, holding a BSc in Biology, specializing in crop protection, and a Research Doctorate in Biochemistry, both from Nottingham Trent University.

He spends his spare time with his wife and five children, cooking outside and going for walks, as well as cycling and supporting his favorite football club from his native Liverpool.

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“Our customers around the world rely on us to develop product solutions to best protect the world’s food. Our mission begins with understanding our customers’ pain-points, conducting research in the field to understand the underlying biology, and creating effective product concepts. We then employ our chemistry, formulation, engineering and understanding of the global regulatory and economic environments to develop and rapidly bring to market differentiated solutions to our customers.”

As head of Innovation, Development, Research and Regulatory Affairs (IDR), Yoav is responsible for aligning the company’s portfolio efforts across Product Innovation & Development, Chemical R&D, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Delivery & Formulations and New Technologies in agriculture.

ADAMA’s growth is greatly dependent on the success of the company’s R&D efforts and cooperation between our global development teams, as well as by the mission to create an advanced industrial R&D, which combines the needs and market understanding of industry researchers with academic scientific research. Among IDR’s main objectives is the assessment and development of new chemical processes for active ingredients, new mixtures and formulations and new technologies.

Yoav joined ADAMA in 2013 as General Manager of Agan Aroma, our subsidiary specializing in fragrance products, and in 2017 moved to IDR, holding several key positions. Yoav started as Head of Delivery Market Strategy and later in 2018 became Head of Delivery Technologies, establishing one of our main innovation engines. In early 2019, his role in IDR further evolved when he was promoted to Head of Delivery & Formulations. Yoav joined the ADAMA management team in 2020 as VP, IDR.

Yoav was trained as a physician and holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management. Earlier in his career, he worked for Johnson & Johnson in the US as a Medical Director and Global Marketing Director. Later on, Yoav was CEO of Cheetah Medical, a medical device company focusing on cardiology and critical care products.

Yoav enjoys doing and watching sports and reading as much as possible.

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“I am driven to continually raise the bar on operational excellence and always go beyond mere compliance. To make this happen we hire the best people and adopt the latest technologies that our market has to offer. This is the key to serving farmer needs and exceeding the expectations of our customers, in China and worldwide.”

David joined ADAMA in 1986, having served in multiple management and development roles. Prior to his current position, he served as Israel VP of Operations and the GM of the ADAMA Makhteshim and ADAMA Agan manufacturing plants. In this role, he implemented the five year plan for the organizations, prepared for the introduction of new products, and ensured the quality of products, production processes, and customer service. Before this role, David served as the Head of International Manufacturing where he established a formulation plant in India and played an active role in establishing ADAMA’s manufacturing presence in China.

In his current role, David is highly invested in bringing to life his vision of ensuring that ADAMA’s manufacturing facilities in China are operating at world-class level, and thereby establishing them as a significant asset for the company.

As VP of China Operations, he is responsible for the operations of the sites, companies, and plants of ADAMA in the country, driving excellence in operations, increasing production cost efficiency, improving product quality, accelerating time-to-delivery, and reducing the company’s environmental footprint.

David holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MBA from Ben Gurion University, with a focus on industrial management.

In his spare time David enjoys travelling and running.

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“I believe that what makes a great leader is deeply reflective of why the ADAMA brand promise – to listen, learn, and deliver – is so powerful. Great leaders listen to the market, customers, and to their team. They learn about needs, aspirations, and frustrations. And they deliver the solutions that are needed for achieving goals and overcoming challenges.”

Jean-Philippe joined ADAMA in 2017, bringing over 25 years of management experience in the agrochemical industry in Peru, one of the most developed markets in Latin America.

He served as General Manager of ADAMA Peru until 2021. In this role he was instrumental in further expanding the company’s business in the country, broadening the portfolio, enhancing access to large scale industrial farmers, and leading the strategic integration of the Agroklinge acquisition, to drive growth in the country even further.

In July of 2021 he was appointed to his current role, serving on the company’s management team, and charged with full commercial and operational responsibility for more than twenty countries that comprise ADAMA’s presence in Northern Europe.

Jean Phillipe believes that one of the most important mandates of his current role is to navigate and successfully adapt to the many changes taking place today in the countries that span the region from Ireland to Russia. Such challenges include environmental considerations, regulatory directives, technological evolutions, molecular demands, and the ever-dynamic nature of the agriculture business.

Jean Philippe holds a BA in international management commerce and a Masters degree in economical science, both from the University of Bordeaux in France.

In his spare time, he enjoys going to the cinema, reading, travelling, listening to alternative music, and walking the streets of bustling urban landscapes.

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“We are very focused on excellence in Latin America, regarding multiple areas and functions, including customer service, production, and business execution. We believe that the key to success is to always put the farmer first, to reach as many growers as possible across our diverse and complex market, and to deliver value together with simplicity.”

Carlos joined ADAMA in March 2008, as General Manager of Magan Argentina. In May 2012, his responsibility was expanded to cover the LAS region, which includes Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. In his current role, he is responsible for 18 countries, from Mexico to Argentina (excluding Brazil), the commercial activities of seven subsidiaries, and four production plants.

Carlos brings nearly 30 years of experience, having served in multiple leadership and executive roles in the crop protection industry. His approach is marked by customer centricity, a focus on establishing and nurturing an infrastructure for sustainable growth, driving commercial excellence initiatives, and empowering people with opportunities for personal and professional development.

Among the main principles that have always inspired Carlos throughout his career is the firm belief with which he was raised, that one should always do their utmost to seek excellence, and that whatever you do – do it with transparency, honesty, and authenticity.

Carlos holds a BSc in Agronomy, an MBA from the IAE Business School, and an EDP from the Wharton School of Management.

He has always enjoyed playing various sports, having been part of Argentina’s national field hockey team, which he represented at a World Cup championship in Spain. Today, in his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and travelling with his wife and daughter.

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“Our mission in Marketing and Product Strategy is to establish ADAMA’s leadership as a market-driven organization which brings measurable value to our customers and increases profitability for our company.”

As VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Walter Costa is charged with reinforcing and ensuring consistency of the ADAMA brand, elevating commercial excellence, identifying opportunities for product differentiation, driving marketing digitalization, and building a top-quartile marketing organization.

In the execution of these objectives, Walter leads his teams with the belief that the key components for success are determination, persistence in the face of challenge, and the ability to aggregate and leverage the sum of ideas collected from diverse teams and stakeholders.

Walter joined ADAMA in January 2016, bringing extensive executive experience across commercial, innovation, strategy, and marketing related roles. Prior to joining the company, he served in multiple leadership positions in industry leading agriculture and chemical companies.

Throughout his career, he has developed sustainable business growth strategies and has been consistent in driving superior profit performance. 

Walter holds an Executive MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and an MSc and BSc both in agriculture from the University of São Paulo. 

Among the ideas he finds inspiring is one from former US president, Theodore Roosevelt who said that, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”

In his spare time Walter enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.

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“I wholeheartedly believe that the ADAMA brand is a very powerful differentiator for us in the market. Through it, we demonstrate our deep commitment to listening to growers, learning about their needs, and to delivering solutions with measurable value. This is a promise we live by every single day and it’s what makes ADAMA the partner of choice for growers all over the world.”

Jake joined ADAMA 12 years ago, bringing with him extensive experience and a proven track record in nurturing grower relationships and driving agricultural solutions sales.

In his current role, Jake serves on the global ADAMA management team, contributing to the design of the company’s strategy while driving a profitable operation and assuring that farmers always derive value from the company’s products and services.

As VP US Ag, Jake is also responsible for the activity of the company’s operation in the country. This includes nurturing distributor relationships and overseeing crop protection-related operations, development and formulation, marketing, and sales, and more.

Prior to his current role, Jake served as General Manager of ADAMA US, having made a profound impact on the organization’s success and cultural development.

He is driven by the beliefs that delivering on the brand promise, bringing its values to life, and nurturing the organization’s culture, are the keys to successfully earning the trust of farmers and driving business growth.

Jake holds an MBA from North Carolina State University and a BS degree from Sam Houston State University.

He is a proud Texan, and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

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“I believe that the only way to succeed is to be as close as possible to our customers, to fully understand their needs, how market dynamics impact those needs, and how we can help with unique and simple solutions. Our team is mostly comprised of agronomists, who invest great efforts at building an authentic dialogue with our customers and partners. Everything we do is about nurturing these relationships.”

Yossi) Goldshmidt joined ADAMA in 1996. Throughout the years he served in multiple leadership positions, including Regional Manager for Asia Pacific and General Manager of ADAMA India, which he established and turned into one of the top three companies in the country within five years.

Throughout his more than 30 years in the agrochemical industry Yossi has always been driven by the conviction that only through a journey of learning and experience can one bring the well-honed professionalism that is required to become the solution provider of choice.

Yossi’s leadership is marked by a clear understanding that overcoming the challenge of heading up such a diverse region requires selecting the best talent, with the deepest familiarity of the market, customers, and solutions.

Yossi holds a BSc and MSc in Agronomy from the Hebrew University. In his spare time he likes to travel and visit new destinations around the world and spend time with his family and grandchildren.

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“I believe that the sustainable success of any company rests on two main pillars. On the one hand, it is critical to always be customer-centric, and to provide valuable services and products. And in our case, we are deeply committed to doing this in South Europe and to enabling the region’s farmers to optimize yields. The other pillar, of course, is the people. And, at ADAMA we continually strive to bring onboard the most talented, dedicated, knowledgeable experts in the market. These, together with a good product strategy, being close to growers, and knowing how to identify opportunities, are the cornerstones of our success.”

As VP of South Europe, Edgardo holds overall P&L responsibilities for the company’s activities in the region, leading the team who are charged with ensuring that ADAMA’s strategic goals are met.

Throughout his career, Edgardo has consistently taken an approach to management that is strategic and rigorous, while also encouraging teams to dare to innovate.

Edgardo brings more than 24 years of experience in the crop protection industry, including twenty years with ADAMA. Prior to his current role Edgardo was VP for the North American region and before that served as the General Manager of the Andean Region business cluster covering Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, and was also the region’s CFO for the company. Prior to joining ADAMA Edgardo was with American Cyanamid.

He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics and Economic Development, both from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, with the latter through a program led jointly with the UK’s University of Cambridge.

During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and he is an enthusiastic golfer and an avid reader.

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“There is something unique about working in Operations. In the plants we are a very close-knit team. We have to be – especially with so much relying on ensuring the highest standards of safety. We put safety first and can’t afford anything less than uncompromising collaboration, which also impacts how we ensure the quality of our products and protect the environment. These are broadly consequential goals, which serve as great motivators for being successful at what we do.”

Zvi joined ADAMA in 1980 as a project engineer at Makhteshim, and in 1989 he joined ADAMA Agan as Maintenance Manager, having played a leading role in the rapid development of the ADAMA Agan plant. In 1999 he was appointed to be the Head of Operations and then in 2012, General Manager of ADAMA Agan.

In 2015, Zvi relocated to China to establish ADAMA’s production operations in the country. In 2019, he returned from China to head up ADAMA’s Israel operations.

Throughout his career, Zvi has always believed that being close to the frontline is a cornerstone of Operations success. Every morning he visits the plant floor to engage with the team.

Among the key concepts that drive his leadership is an insight that was provided to him early in his career by his first manager, who told him that effective performance is not grounded in the ability to find the source of a problem, rather it rests in the ability to bring solutions.

Zvi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Ben-Gurion University.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to classical music, and reading poetry, especial the works of noble laureate Wisława Szymborsk.

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“Leaders’ roles today are to shape environments in which people will choose to do great work”

Efrat brings over 20 years of experience in strategic financial leadership. She joined ADAMA in 2004 after six years at KPMG, where she provided finance support to public and private companies across multiple and diverse sectors.

Since joining the company, Efrat has served in several senior finance-related roles, including CFO for the India, Middle East, and Africa (IMA) cluster. In this role she was a member of the cluster management team that was a driving force behind the region’s remarkable growth.

In her most recent position, in the Office of the CEO, she worked closely with ADAMA management on multiple group-wide initiatives that achieved planning, performance, and operational optimizations.

Efrat was appointed to the role of VP Finance in July 2021. In this position, she is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, cash management, financing, tax planning, and economic review and analysis.

Efrat is driven by the belief that when a Finance team works together, aligning with the entire company, and takes the time to fully understand all the relevant details, it is best positioned to drive business success.

Efrat is a certified public accountant, having earned a BA in economics and accounting as well as an MBA with focus on finance, both from Bar Ilan University in Israel.

In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family.