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Shashank Aurora, CPA, FCA, hired to enhance financial strength, build momentum

May 16, 2016 – Des Moines, IOWA – Origin Agritech Ltd., a technology-focused crop seed provider, is pleased to introduce Shashank Aurora, CPA, FCA, as the organization’s new chief financial officer. Aurora will start his new position effective immediately. He joins Origin’s senior leadership team, along with recently named CEO Dr. William S. Niebur, to further position the company as a global participant in the biotechnology and agricultural seeds industry.

As CFO, Aurora will ensure accurate and timely financial reporting, strong execution of fiscal strategy, improve cash flow, identify new ways to drive greater profitability, raise capital, reduce debt and further establish the company at a global level.

“This is a great opportunity, and I’m very excited to play a key role in growing Origin’s global presence as we shift our focus to strategic collaboration and partnership opportunities to enhance industry-specific momentum,” Aurora said. “Using my experience and background, I look forward to ensuring the organization is operationally and fiscally responsible, while leveraging my skills to improve the competitive strength and sustainability of the company.”

Aurora most recently served DuPont Pioneer in the capacity of global services finance director. With more than two decades of experience with the organization, he led numerous DuPont Pioneer entities across the globe to strong financial results, including locations in Africa, Canada, China, India, Latin America and Pakistan.

“We are excited to welcome Shashank to our team,” said Dr. Gengchen Han, Origin Agritech Chairman of the Board. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization, including industry insight and financial savvy. His expertise will be crucial as we enhance Origin’s core seed business and pursue global opportunities that we have initiated.”   

Aurora earned his Bachelor of Life Sciences degree from Nizam College, Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India, along with certifications as FCA from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and CPA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is fluent in English and Hindi, and is familiar with Arabic.


“Shashank is an ideal executive to help position Origin for the future opportunities that we will pursue and prioritize,” said Dr. Niebur, Origin CEO. “His vast global experience combined with a deep understanding of business finance and large complex investments will be critical to Origin as we advance our mission.”  

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Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is China’s leading agricultural biotechnology company, specializing in crop seed breeding and genetic improvement, seed production, processing, distribution, and related technical services. Leading the development of crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech's phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China's Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. Origin operates production centers, processing centers and breeding stations nationwide with sales centers located in key crop-planting regions. Product lines are vertically integrated for corn, rice and canola seeds. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at: http://www.originseed.com.cn or http://www.originseed.com.cn/en/.


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