Abingdon, UK-based Sygen International, a company that focuses on applying genomics and biotechnology to animal breeding, has named Iain Ferguson as a non-executive director. Ferguson is senior VP, corporate development, of Unilever and he will join the board on 1 July 2002. Over the last 15 years, he has held various senior positions within the Unilever Group, including chairman of Birds Eye Wall's, chairman of Unilever Plantations and Plant Science Group and technical director of BOCM Silcock.