Brett D. Begemann

President and Chief Operating Officer

 

Brett BegemannBrett Begemann is President and Chief Operating Officer at Monsanto Company, where he oversees global efforts to connect farmers with integrated solutions for growing better harvests. In this role, he oversees the global manufacturing and sale of seeds, as well as solutions that help protect harvests from damaging weeds and insects. 

Brett grew up on his family’s farm in western Missouri, where he learned firsthand the need for improved tools to help farmers optimize their harvests in an everchanging environment. Today, he leads the company’s strategy for providing those solutions to growers around the world while helping to reduce and improve agriculture’s environmental footprint.

In this role, Brett is focused on enhancing global coordination, growth, and operational efficiencies across the company, including increasing manufacturing and supply chain efficiency and ensuring the commercial development of the next generation of growth drivers for modern agriculture. These drivers include growth opportunities in the company’s established markets, new markets like Eastern Europe, China and Latin America, as well as through the next wave of agriculture innovations in precision agriculture and ag biologicals.

During his 34-year tenure with Monsanto, Brett has held several leadership roles within the company, including Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial officer.

A resident of the St. Louis metro area, Brett is involved in several local and global agribusiness organizations. He is the vice chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated Brazil-U.S. Business Council, is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Council at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a board member for Croplife International and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He currently serves on the board of directors of Eastman Chemical Company, where he is chair of the People and Compensation Committee, Finance Committee, and Health, Safety, Environmental and Security Committee.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He continues to own and operate farmland in his home state.