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DAA: Robert M. Schweikher

Robert M. Schweikher

, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1993

Mr. Schweikher is vice president and chief operating officer of the Orcon Corporation based in California. Orcon is the leading international supplier of advanced insulation material systems to commercial airframe and aerospace manufacturers. He is also president and chief executive officer of Chagrin, Ltd., a private consulting group involved in guiding advanced materials, biotechnology, electronic materials and specialty chemical companies through the initial start-up phases. Upon graduation from Purdue University, Mr. Schweikher served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1960, he joined the Monsanto Company as product supervisor of their Agricultural Division. He held several key management positions with Monsanto. From 1963 to 1967 he built and managed the 23 Monsanto agricultural retail centers located in Indiana and Kentucky involved in the sale of bulk blended and liquid fertilizers and herbicides. In his assignment as director of new products from 1971 to 1974, he provided the oversight management for the successful worldwide development and commercialization of the successful Lasso and Roundup (Glyphosate) herbicides and Polaris (Glyphosine) sugar cane ripener. He then became the first director of marketing in the Electronics Division of Monsanto. Mr. Schweikher left Monsanto in 1977 to become vice president and general manager of the Crop Chemicals Group of Mobil Chemical. He was responsible for all aspects of the worldwide operations of this herbicide, soil insecticide and cotton defoliant business. From 1981 to 1984 he served as executive vice president of the Allied Chemical Company and president of the Allied Technologies Company. He had worldwide management responsibilities for many diverse businesses, technologies, and venture capital investments in the agricultural, chemical, and electronics industries. He was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Calgene, a prominent biotechnology firm. Mr. Schweikher has had operating accountability and responsibility for companies and or businesses that have spanned from the startup stage to $600 million in size. He has supervised and managed manufacturing, marketing/sales, and research and development operations in the Pacific Basin, Latin America, and Europe.