Dr. Michael K. Stern

Vice President, and President and Chief Executive Officer - Climate


Mike SternMike Stern is Vice President, Chief Executive Officer – Climate of Monsanto Company.  In this role, he is the CEO of The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto Company, which leverages digital tools and data science to help farmers around the world navigate the many decisions they make each growing season.  The company’s digital agriculture platform, Climate FieldView, uses data gathered from a farm’s unique soil, field and atmospheric conditions to provide farmers with actionable insights about seed selection and planting, disease and pest control, fertility management, and more.

Mike joined Monsanto more than 35 years ago as a chemist.  He has held numerous scientific and management roles over the course of his career, including serving as vice president of Monsanto’s U.S. row crops business, director of technology for agricultural productivity, and CEO of Renessen LLC, a biotechnology joint venture between Monsanto and Cargill.

He played a significant role in helping Monsanto evolve into an agriculture and technology company by helping to commercialize many of the company’s innovations that help farmers grow more food while reducing their impact on the planet. He was also instrumental in Monsanto’s acquisition of The Climate Corporation in 2013, and now drives the company’s digital initiatives that place data in the hands of farmers to help them optimize sustainability and productivity. 

A resident of St. Louis, Mike is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Monsanto Fund.  He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biosphere 2, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education about our planet. Mike has been recognized with the Monsanto Thomas and Hochwalt Science and Technology Award, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and is a Monsanto Distinguished Science Fellow.

Mike holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Denison University, an M.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.