Team

Team Members:

  • Miguel Motta
    President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Robert Schmidt
    Chief Scientist
  • Michael Pereira
    Vice President, Agricultural Operations
  • Benito Juarez
    Director of Breeding

Miguel Motta

Miguel Motta

President & Chief Operating Officer

Miguel Motta is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the company's business development, global operations, marketing and human resources organization. Motta joined SGB in 2010 as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy following a career at Monsanto, a Fortune 500 provider of agricultural products, and at Seminis, the largest developer, grower and marketer of vegetable and fruit seeds in the world.

At Monsanto, Motta was responsible for developing and executing the marketing and commercial strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, covering operations in more than 30 countries. Prior to that role, Miguel worked at Monsanto's headquarters leading merger and acquisitions efforts and the introduction of biotechnology products in the Americas.

During his time at Seminis, Motta served on the Executive Team that set the overall strategy and direction for the company while having direct responsibility for the global human resources function representing 3,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining the Executive Team of Seminis, Motta was responsible for the finance organization in Europe, Middle East and Africa and was Managing Director for Spain and Portugal. Seminis was successfully acquired by Monsanto in 2005.

Motta has extensive international experience having led global organizations and lived in Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, France, Japan, Mexico and the US. Motta holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands, and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. Motta lives in San Diego, CA., with his wife and 2 children.