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Monsanto has named longtime employee Brett Begemann as its new president. 

Begemann will lead near-term expansion efforts and growth in international markets as president and chief commercial officer in his expanded role with the the Creve Coeur-based biotechnology giant. 

Begemann joined Monsanto in 1983 and has worked in sales, marketing and commercial development in addition to senior management roles. He most recently served as an executive vice president and was named chief commercial officer in January 2011.

Hugh Grant, who previously held the title of president, remains Monsanto's chairman and CEO, responsible for long-term corporate strategy.

"Brett's leadership has played an important role in accelerating the company's growth potential and I expect that to continue as our business looks to deliver on the next-generation of growth -- both domestically and abroad," Grant said in a statement.

As president, Begemann will lead the oversight of Monsanto's growth in existing markets and new markets, including Eastern Europe, China and Latin America, the company said. He'll also continue to oversee Monsanto's commercial, manufacturing and supply chain operations in row crops, vegetables and crop protection.

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