Our Foundation Board
Our Foundation Board is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible governance of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation. The integrity of our Board is held to the highest standard. All members are guiding our development, foundation practices and impact.
Lucinda B. Smith
Lucinda B. Smith - leads the AGCO Agriculture Foundation Board as Board Chairman oversees the Foundation's strategy, and functions, including finance, legal and operations. She serves as the Senior Vice President, Global Business Services for AGCO, and is responsible for the functional management of all Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Social Responsibility organizations worldwide as well as for AGCO’s Shared Services Center in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Smith also serves as a member of the AGCO Hungary Kft. Board of Directors and serves on AGCO’s TRAIT (Diversity & Inclusion) steering committee.
Ms. Smith joined AGCO in October 2006 and has held the positions of Director, Organizational Development & Compensation; Vice President, Global Talent Management & Rewards; and Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
Prior to AGCO, Ms. Smith was Global Director of Human Resources at AJC International, Inc. and held global human resource management positions at Bovis Lend Lease Corporation, Cendian Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also completed the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, Advanced Leadership Programme.
In addition, Ms. Smith is the Board Chair for the Metro Atlanta American Red Cross and a member of The Conference Board’s Global CHRO Council.
“Through global partnerships, the AGCO Agriculture Foundation is committed to addressing hunger issues, building more resilient food systems and giving marginalized farming communities the tools they need to prosper.”
Board Member & Director, AGCO Agriculture Foundation
Metti Richenhagen serves as a Board Member and the Director of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation and manages all Foundation operations. Ms. Richenhagen joined AGCO in 2017 as the Manager of AGCO Corporate Social Responsibility. Under her leadership, AGCO established its own private foundation in 2018, and today she serves as the Director of the AAF and Corporate Social Responsibility globally.
Prior to joining AGCO, Ms. Richenhagen held the positions of Marketing Analyst for Porsche Cars North America and Junior Brand Manager at General Motors in Germany. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MBA in International Business from Aston Business School in Birmingham, United Kingdom. During her MBA thesis, she traveled throughout emerging markets and developed a business model in support of food security in Africa through the concept of vertical integration in the poultry market. Her passion is food security and providing the basic necessities to a growing world population.
Ms. Richenhagen earned a Professional Certificate in CSR from Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility in Washington D.C. in 2018. She also serves on the steering committee for AGCO’s TRAIT (Diversity & Inclusion) program.
“Achieving zero hunger means everyone has access to safe and nutritious food. To ensure no one is left behind on this goal, we must support small-scale and emerging farmers through impact-driven agricultural projects that address nutritional demands.”
Andy Beck is a Board Member and the finance lead for the Foundation and oversees all expenditures and donations. Mr. Beck is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AGCO Corporation and is responsible for providing and developing the financial resources to support AGCO’s operations and future strategy.
Mr. Beck has been with AGCO since 1994 and has held positions of Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller, Assistant Treasurer, and Controller for International Operations. Prior to joining AGCO, Mr. Beck was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen and Assistant Vice President with a regional commercial bank.
He holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
“To achieve food security and agricultural development in vulnerable communities around the world, both private and public sectors must strategically mobilize resources and work together to support farmers.
Mr. Frédéric Devienne serves as a Board Member and finance manager for the Foundation and monitors expenditures and donations. Mr. Devienne is Vice President of Finance, EME, and APA, for AGCO Corporation. Based in Switzerland, Mr. Devienne is responsible for managing AGCO’s financial planning, transactional and expert areas, and business support in Europe, Asia, Australia and export markets. He also serves as Managing Director of AGCO International GmbH. Mr. Devienne worked as well in the US, Canada, Germany, and France.
Prior to joining AGCO in 2007, Mr. Devienne held the roles of Finance Director, Financial Controller, and Vice President for CNH Industrial and Financial Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, Assistant Controller, Controller, and Finance Director for Case Corporation.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an international business focus from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a graduate business degree from Audencia Business School in Nantes, France.
“To transform the agri-food sector, we must focused on supporting sustainable food production by building the necessary infrastructure for marginalized farming communities to thrive and promoting the fair treatment of farm animals in our agricultural projects globally.”
Dr. Stefan Wenaweser
LL.M., Board Member
Dr. Stefan Wenaweser serves as a Board Member and the legal counsel for the Foundation. Dr. Wenaweser is Partner of Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, where he specializes in the formation and administration of foundations and trusts, litigation, and mutual legal assistance matters.
Dr. Wenaweser joined Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law as an Associate in 2003. He was admitted to the bar and became Partner in 2008. Prior to Marxer & Partner, he held the role of Associate with Walch & Schurti Attorneys-at-Law and Judicial Clerk for the Princely Court in Vaduz.
He holds Magister Juris and Doctor Juris degrees from the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria, and a master of law degree from King’s College London in London, England. He also completed the Erasmus Programme at the University of Paris Val-de-Marne in Paris, France.
“The future of our food systems is in the hands of our youth. To attract and retain young people in agriculture, we must prioritize access to knowledge, training and quality agricultural education.”