DuPont Pioneer announced today that Neal Gutterson has joined the company as vice president of agricultural biotechnology. Gutterson previously worked for California-based Mendel Biotechnology Inc., where he was most recently president, CEO and a board member. He has more than 30 years of experience in plant biotechnology and is a named inventor on more than three dozen patents and pending patent applications. "Neal brings extensive biotechnology and business leadership in the seed and crop protection industry to this integral role for DuPont Pioneer," said Paul Schickler, president of Johnston-based DuPont Pioneer. Gutterson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry from Yale University. He currently serves on the board of trustees for CIMMYT, an international agriculture sustainability organization, and also has served eight years on the food and agriculture section governing board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.