Director, Agro Discovery - Crop Improvement
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Assistant Professor, NC State University
Gusmini's current foci with PepsiCo include public/private partnerships for pre-competitive research in crop improvement, and the leadership of functional capabilities in data sciences, trait discovery, and genomic breeding.
Experience and Background
Plant breeding and genetics
M.S. and Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics, North Carolina State University
B.S. Agricultural Sciences, University of Milano
Corporate MBA program in Agribusiness, Purdue University and Syngenta
While pursuing undergraduate and graduate education, Gusmini ventured into an array of activities in agribusiness and adjacent fields, including starting his own businesses and consulting firms. During graduate education, he focused on increasing scientific output and released a conspicuous portfolio of peer-reviewed and trade publications in the field of cucurbit genetics and breeding.
Previous positions: Upon graduation from the NCSU program in 2005, Gusmini joined Syngenta as plant breeder leading the squash cultivar development program for North America. In 1998, he moved into a new role at Syngenta, as the global head of R&D for the “large seeded vegetables” portfolio (sweet corn, green bean, peas). His role evolved in 2011-12 through internal reorganization driven by the leadership team in which Gusmini was one of four senior members, and resulted in his shift to leading Syngenta vegetables R&D organization in early/technology breeding across species. Throughout his tenure of eight years at Syngenta, Gusmini focused on building R&D platforms and strategies that would balance delivery against short-term market needs and continuous knowledge generation and exploitation for breakthrough innovation.