TOKYO—Arysta LifeScience announces Jim Spadafora has been promoted to the position of Head of Global Product Development, reporting to Paula Pinto, the company’s head of global marketing.
Based in Cary, N.C., Spadafora will be responsible for building a global product development team that will drive global development projects, including the coordination of product efficacy testing, formulation development and intellectual property (IP) strategies. Other accountabilities include leading a global research and development prioritization process, creating a strong global formulation network and establishing a team of global field researchers at the company’s research farm in Brazil to support early screening activities and southern hemisphere testing for all regions.
Prior to joining Arysta LifeScience, Spadafora held multiple leadership positions in international product development, strategic marketing and discovery research at FMC, Nufarm, BASF and American Cyanamid. Spadafora has a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s of science degree in botany and plant pathology from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s of arts degree in biology from LaSalle University.