Monsanto Company announced the appointment of Rachel Lomibao as country commercial lead for the Philippines, making her the first Filipino woman to hold the highest executive office in Monsanto Philippines.
Lomibao’s appointment reflects Monsanto’s commitment to develop in-country talent to take on leadership roles. As an equal opportunity employer, Monsanto values diversity and inclusiveness in its workforce.
“This appointment is seen by many as a big win for women in the agriculture industry, which is traditionally dominated by men,” said Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ corporate engagement lead.
“As a leader in agricultural biotechnology, Monsanto through its example is paving the way for highly capable women to occupy leadership positions,” she said.
Lomibao joined Monsanto Philippines in 2012 as marketing lead before assuming the position of national sales lead in 2014. Both roles provided her with a critical understanding of Monsanto business, customers and products in the Philippines, and strengthened her leadership competencies for the country lead role.
Prior to joining Monsanto, Lomibao worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines and at DuPont Crop Protection in sales and marketing. With her extensive knowledge of the agriculture sector and ten years of experience in both the corn and crop protection industries, she is committed to helping Filipino farmers increase productivity and uplift their lives through companies like Monsanto.
“Rachel has already proven that she has strong leadership skills as well as excellent business and technical skills,” said Ocampo. “All of us at Monsanto are confident that she will be able to steer our organization to achieve even greater heights.”
Lomibao holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Philippines and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Regis Program, where she earned the gold medal for academic excellence.