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FMC Corporation appoints business sustainability head in Asia Pacific

FMC’s new ASEAN business lead, Shahid Saleem (left) and Kristina Hermanson (right), MD for FMC Australasia (Image source: FMC Corporation)

FMC Corporation, a global agricultural sciences company, has named Shahid Saleem, ASEAN business lead, as director of Business Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives in Asia Pacific (APAC)

According to FMC vice president and chief sustainability officer, Karen Totland, Saleem will aim to drive business success in the APAC region by incorporating the voice of the customer into FMC’s overall sustainability agenda

Karen added, “APAC is an extremely diverse and complex region and Shahid's experience and deep understanding of the business places him in a unique position to ensure there is a strong commercial element in our sustainability priorities. Shahid will be integral in providing a strategic and pragmatic approach to our stewardship, government affairs and philanthropic initiatives.” 

Saleem joined FMC in Pakistan in 1993 before moving through diverse leadership roles in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta where he helmed the ASEAN business since 2015. Saleem has led FMC’s local integration with Cheminova in 2015 and the “DuPont Crop Protection” business in 2018, and established FMC’s presence in Vietnam and Malaysia through talent acquisition, product portfolio expansion and distribution network formation, laying a foundation for sustainable business growth. 

Saleem will continue to be based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and report to Totland and Pramod Thota, interim president for the APAC region and president of FMC U.S.A. Kristina Hermanson, managing director of FMC Australasia, will assume leadership of the company’s ASEAN business, in addition to her current responsibilities in Australia and New Zealand. She will oversee commercial strategy for Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, which together constitute FMC’s footprint in ASEAN.