138 / SEEDWORLD.COM DECEMBER 2018 bring significant sales background in the corn, soybean, sugarbeet and potato industries, working with farmers, retailers and distribution. Nutrien Ltd. announced that the CFO, Wayne Brownlee, after an exceptional career in the sector, retired October 31. The company has been working through a succession plan and expects to announce the new CFO shortly. John B. Elstrott, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of Concentric Ag Corporation, a developer and producer of proprietary biological and essential plant nutrient inputs for specialty and broadacre crops. The American Seed Trade Association announced the hiring of Abigail Struxness as senior director of International Programs & Policy. Struxness comes to ASTA from the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) where she served as Policy & Program Manager since 2013. DowDuPont announced the senior leaders of the independent companies that will be created following the separation of its Corteva Agriscience: James C. Collins, Jr., currently chief operating officer of the Agriculture Division, will be chief executive officer; Greg Friedman, currently head of finance for the Agriculture Division and vice president, DuPont Investor Relations, will be executive vice president, chief financial officer; and Cornel Fuerer, currently head of legal for the Agriculture Division, will be senior vice president, general counsel. PRODUCT NEWS On October 1, PanAmerican Seed released a select group of new 2020 introductions for sale. This provides growers a chance to purchase larger quantities and sell the latest seed genetics during the 2019 spring season rather than only offering small quantities for sampling. Distribution of DONMARIO brand soybeans has now officially begun in the United States for the first time. Burrus Seed is pleased to introduce growers to DONMARIO Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. UgenTec announced a new end-point PCR analysis software called FastTyper. FastTyper uses artificial intelligence (AI) methods to significantly accelerate genotyping analysis workflows and improve data interpretation in applications such as agricultural breeding programs.