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Pioneer Hi-Bred Certified by Project Management Institute to Provide Project Management Training

Prestigious Designation Step in Building Business Processes to Better Deliver Value to Customers


JOHNSTON, Iowa – Aug. 4, 2011 — Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, today announced it is now certified by Program Management Institute (PMI) as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), effective July 2011.

PMI R.E.P. is an elite designation for organizations that have demonstrated that they are capable of providing world-class effective project management training. Through PMI’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design, R.E.P.s provide the project management training necessary to earn and to maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials. Pioneer is one of more than 1,400 organizations globally to achieve this designation.

“Being certified as a training organization by the Project Management Institute is a significant recognition on the strength of program and portfolio management at Pioneer,” said James Brown, senior manager, Research Program Management Office and advisor to the Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCoE). “Program management is critical to our success, and improving on our business management processes helps us to be more innovative as an organization and better deliver value to customers.”

Projects, programs and portfolios are widely used within Pioneer to achieve business objectives and create value for customers. From research to information management to continual improvement and beyond, individuals are leading projects to create products, services and to deliver business results.

“Principles of project and program management, when applied correctly, enhance our organization’s business performance,” said Brown. “This will translate into advances in innovation and productivity gains in the organization, which ultimately help us to deliver products which improve agricultural productivity.”

“PMI's recent survey of training providers shows that 80 percent of organizations seeking suppliers of project management training strongly prefer to work with PMI R.E.P.s. They view their affiliation with PMI, as the leading standard-setting professional association for project management, as a stamp of quality on the training services they purchase,” said Edwin Andrews, Ph.D., director of academic and educational programs and services at PMI. “Organizations want to protect their investment in project management training, and they know that a PMI R.E.P. delivers such training in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”

Organizations that have received the PMI R.E.P distinction include commercial training providers that design complete educational systems, academic institutions, internal training offices at corporations and government agencies.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, communications, and transportation.

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8/4/11

Contact:
Bridget Anderson
515-535-3120
Bridget.Anderson@pioneer.com