Sam Eathington

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Sam Eathington, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Corteva Agriscience where he is responsible for leading the company’s global Research and Development organization and building and expanding its industry-leading pipeline.

A recognized leader in agricultural innovation, Eathington most recently served as Chief Science Officer of The Climate Corporation (part of Bayer Crop Science).

Prior to assuming that role in 2015, Eathington spent more than two decades with Monsanto, rising through the ranks in quantitative traits and molecular breeding to become Vice President, Global Plant Breeding.

A Monsanto Distinguished Fellow and the recipient of that company’s top award for science and technology, Eathington is the holder of more than 50 patents, patent applications and publications. 

Eathington holds a Bachelor of Science in agronomy, a Master of Science in soybean breeding and genetics and a Ph.D. in quantitative genetics and maize breeding, all from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.