Diversity Leadership: Hugh Grant, Monsanto
Chairman and CEO
Community is key when it comes to Hugh Grant’s leadership style and attitude toward diversity. It’s a commitment to teamwork, accountability and outreach that has shaped his approach to leadership over three decades at Monsanto. Grant ties executive compensation to diversity metrics, meets regularly with the company’s 13 resource groups and is a prominent leader in the community.
DiversityInc cited Grant “deep-rooted and consistent commitment to philanthropy, especially in the St. Louis area” and gave him high marks for CEO commitment as part of The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey. “We’re a very flat organization, we’re quite informal, and we’re highly networked and team-based,” Grant says on Monsanto’s website. “I put a lot of value and focus on getting management directly involved with people at all levels in the organization.”
Before he was CEO, Grant served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was the Managing Director for all of Monsanto’s business in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He joined the company in 1981 as a product-development representative.
Born in Scotland, Grant earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and agricultural zoology at the University of Glasgow. He holds a graduate degree in agriculture from the University of Edinburgh and has an MBA from the International Management Centre in Buckingham, England. Grant is on the board of trustees of Washington University in St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the St. Louis Science Center and CropLife International. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Civic Progress.