DuPont Names Leader for China Agricultural Seed Business
William S. Niebur to Lead Pioneer Hi-Bred in Key Growth Market
Wilmington, Del. (Vocus) May 4, 2010 -- DuPont named William S. Niebur as leader of its Pioneer Hi-Bred
business in China – the world’s second largest seed corn market and a key, long-term growth opportunity for the
company. Niebur previously led DuPont’s crop genetics research and development efforts.
“Bill has seen first-hand the power of the Pioneer approach to putting science to work for farmers around the
world,” said Paul E. Schickler, president – Pioneer Hi-Bred. “Having his wealth of experience and expertise
guiding the seed business in China will greatly enhance our ability to deliver innovation and increased
productivity to Chinese farmers.”
Today China has the challenge of feeding 20 percent of the global population with 9 percent of the global arable
“Helping China increase its agricultural productivity through better seeds has tremendous potential,” said
Douglas W. Muzyka, president – DuPont Greater China. “Bill, with the support of our strong local team, will
provide the leadership to continue to grow the business and serve our customers.”
Pioneer opened its first seed corn research center in China in 1998. Since then it has created two joint ventures
with a strong portfolio of products developed specifically for the local area.
Niebur joined Pioneer as a maize research station manager in 1983. Since then he has held a number of positions
in the research and development organization, including an assignment as the Pioneer European Corn Research
director. He was promoted to vice president, Crop Genetics Research and Development group in 2002, and
named DuPont vice president in 2005.
Niebur earned his doctorate in plant breeding and cytogenetics from the University of Minnesota and holds B.S.
and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University.
John Soper now will lead DuPont’s crop genetics research and development, assuming the role previously held