James D Swanson

Chief Information Officer at Monsanto

James (Jim) Swanson is Chief Information Officer for Monsanto, a leading sustainable agriculture company focused on helping farmers grow better harvests while conserving natural resources, such as water and energy. Jim, who began his tenure at Monsanto as CIO in 2013, leads a global team of over 1,000 information technology employees for the company’s operations, which span about 60 countries. Jim is responsible for enabling Monsanto’s digital transformation to an information-based company and delivering IT capabilities across all of Monsanto’s global business. The Information Technology organization has been recognized externally for contributions to Monsanto’s business through data science and digital transformation as well as supporting the development of emerging IT talent.  Jim is a member of Monsanto’s Corporate Strategy Leadership Team, Global Business Operations Leadership Team and Executive Team Operations Council.

Prior to joining Monsanto, Jim held executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham which included a two year secondment in Europe. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in computer science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Washington University’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the External Advisory Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University.