Thorsten Schwindt

Vice President of Commercial Operations Americas

Thorsten Schwindt serves as Vice President of Commercial Operations Americas at Bayer Vegetable Seeds. Based in St. Louis, he is also a member of the global Bayer Vegetable Seeds Leadership Team. Thorsten is inspired and motivated by Bayer’s vision of “Health for all, Hunger for none.”

In his current role, he is in charge of the execution of the Bayer vegetable business in the countries of North and South America. His team is focused on developing and marketing innovative vegetable seeds under the Seminis and De Ruiter brands.

He brings more than 18 years of business management experience to the Bayer Crop Science team and held various positions across the globe, such as Bayer Crop Science Country Head in Thailand, Strategic Business Director for Fruit and Vegetables Crop Protection in North America, and finally his current role as Vice President of Commercial Operations Americas at Bayer Vegetable Seeds.

Thorsten lives with his wife, two children and Westie near St Louis, Missouri. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, listening to music and spending time with his family.

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Monday, November 13

Featured Session: What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Agriculture and Food?

What impact will artificial intelligence (AI) have on WG member operations and supply chains? How will AI improve and potentially accelerate automation and biological solutions, and are there over-hyped solutions that are unlikely to emerge? What impact will increased investment in AI in non-ag fields have on agriculture solutions?


Seana Day, Partner Culterra Capital


Kyle Cobb, Co-Founder at advanced.farm

Eric Morgan, Vice President of Environmental Science and Resources at Braga Fresh

Chase Schapansky, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of GUSS Automation

Thorsten Schwindt, Head of Commercial Operations Vegetable Seeds - Region Americas, Bayer Crop Science