Leveraging an unmatched network to place executives who drive results

Providing insight and candor to deliver a leader as specialized as your work

Introduction to Kincannon & Reed

Food and agriculture: industries as unique as the people who lead them.
And no one knows them like we do.

We’re Kincannon & Reed, a global executive search firm exclusively serving organizations within the food and agriculture industries.

Our approach is different

With 40 years of experience across diverse international sectors, we know the caliber of leaders needed to shape a promising future for the food and agriculture industries.

We’ve sat in your chair.

Empty seats at your leadership table or ineffective executives hurt profits, morale, and market share. Our principals are well-networked, former industry executives who understand your priorities and the talent you seek.  We advise you as a colleague or peer, rather than an outsider.

Knowing your next leader is our job.

We are a team of search professionals serving clients focused on feeding the world and keeping it healthy.  We leverage our deep industry knowledge, data, and connections to identify and place leaders with the right experiences, values, and cultural fit.

Providing search expertise and more

Our search professionals partner with you throughout the process. We ask questions, listen for understanding, and assess candidates from the informed perspective of former executives. We have a genuine interest in your organization’s next leader. 

Impressive track record of placing candidates who succeed

240+

executive placements across the globe in the last two years

93%

of candidates placed remain with the client through the first year

2x

likelihood of 3-year candidate retention compared to search industry averages

Serving clients who feed the world and keep it healthy.

We’re a firm with a focus – specializing in delivering leaders. Our clients from across the globe are all types and sizes of organizations. If food and agriculture are part of your business model, we have principals with experience and connections in your industry.
Who We Serve
Ag Technology & Inputs
Capital & Investment
Distribution, Retail & Food Service
Food & Beverage Consumer Products
Industry Associations & Non-Profit
Processors
Production
Research Development & Safety
Sustainable Solutions

Ag Technology & Inputs

The use of technology with the aim of improving efficiency and profitability. Businesses in this sector include:

  • Animal Health & Nutrition
  • Crop Protection & Nutrition
  • Data Analytics, Digitization & AI
  • Equipment, Robotics, Remote Imagination & Automation
  • Soil Health
  • Vertical Farming

Capital & Investment

Businesses that fund and invest in the industry including:

  • Asset Management
  • Global and Regional Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital

Distribution, Retail & Food Service

The variety of companies, organizations and programs that collect food from processors and manufacturers, store it in warehouses, and then distribute it to stores and restaurants. Organizations that we have worked with are in the following segments

  • E-Commerce
  • Food Service
  • Grocery
  • Restaurants

Food & Beverage Consumer Products

The use of technology with the aim of providing better input solutions, and improving efficiency and profitability. Businesses in this segment include:

  • Bakery & Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Confections
  • Dairy
  • Meat Products
  • Nutrition
  • Packaged Foods
  • Pet Food
  • Seafood

Industry Associations & Non-Profit

Organizations serving people across the food value chain, sharing ideas, and addressing global issues. Some of those organizations include:

  • Foundations
  • Industry Associations
  • NGOs & IGOs
  • Research Centers/Institutes
  • Universities

Processors

Transforming, packaging, sorting, or grading livestock, agricultural commodities, or plants into goods that are used for intermediate or final consumption. Businesses in this segment include:

  • Crushers
  • Flavors, Fragrances & Naturals
  • Food Ingredients
  • Food Processors
  • Meat Protein
  • Millers
  • Refiners

Production

The use of cultivated plants or animals to produce products for sustaining or enhancing human life. Businesses in this segment include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular Meat
  • Crops (Row & Permanent)
  • Floriculture
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
  • Livestock
  • Plant Based Proteins
  • Produce

Research Development & Safety

The broad range of activities and potential innovations that increase benefits, address challenges, and ultimately deliver safe and healthy options for consumers. The business we’ve worked with in this segment include:

  • Alternative Proteins
  • Biologicals
  • Diagnostics
  • Food Safety
  • Genetics
  • Supply Chain Technologies
  • Traits

Sustainable Solutions

Innovation and implementation of environmentally responsible business practices from field to table. Companies and areas of focus include:

  • Bio-Packaging
  • Biomaterials
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Water Technologies

Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed places Ted McKinney as new Chief Executive Officer with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

K&R congratulates Clay Popko on his new role of Executive Director, Agriculture Debt – West at leading investment company PGIM.

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

The dairy industry continues to evolve, facing down challenges and grasping opportunities in the ever-changing consumer landscape.

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed Managing Partner Janet Wightman congratulates Hensall Co-op’s new General Manager of Food Products & Strategic Business Development, Brad…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Managing Partner Gary Weihs and Managing Director Jimmy Paulakuhn congratulate Sascha Welz on his new Chief Operating Officer role at MyLand.

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed managing director Paul Izenstark and managing partner Michael Whitney extend their congratulations to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed are pleased to announce the addition of John Grisolano, Director of Data & Analytics for the firm. “Our…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon and Reed’s managing partners, Ed Yuhas, and Gary Weihs, along with managing director, Sally Day congratulate Ryan Richter on his…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed President David Turner and Managing Director Cassie Edgar congratulate Paul Forst on his recent placement as Chief Financial…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed’s managing director Ricardo Casiuch and Pat Rojas congratulate Ivan Bergonsini Fernandes on his recent placement as Phibro Animal Health’s…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed’s Managing Partner, Janet Wightman, and Sally Day, Managing Director, congratulate Patrick Haughton on his recent placement as Vice President,…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed’s Principals, Ed Yuhas and Sally Day congratulate Frank Iannella on his recent placement as Head of Information Technology and Business…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Dana Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pet Food Institute, and Kincannon & Reed placement, was named in February of 2021…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

Kincannon & Reed and Managing Partner Ed Yuhas are pleased to congratulate Dr. Judy Schnurr on her placement of Director of Nutrition Innovation…

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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Recent Placements & Food for Thought

The leaders we place prove the quality of our work. The knowledge of our experts provides the insight you need to attract the right candidates.

What We Know

K&R Places NASDA CEO

Kincannon & Reed places Ted McKinney as new Chief Executive Officer with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

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Executive Director of leading investment company placed by K&R

K&R congratulates Clay Popko on his new role of Executive Director, Agriculture Debt – West at leading investment company PGIM.

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Dairy Industry: Take-Aways from ADPI Conference

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Chief Operating Officer for MyLand placed by Kincannon & Reed

Managing Partner Gary Weihs and Managing Director Jimmy Paulakuhn congratulate Sascha Welz on his new Chief Operating Officer role at MyLand.

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K&R places Global Director for Regenerative Food Systems at Global Environmental Non-Profit

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K&R Places Chief Executive Officer

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K&R Places Chief Financial Officer

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K&R Places Marketing Director in Brazil

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K&R Places VP of Brand & Business Development

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Kincannon & Reed Places Head of Information Technology

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K&R Brand Refresh, New Website, & the Evolving Food Chain

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Thembi Machaba

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Sarah Reiter

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Kincannon & Reed tips for online interviews

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Daniel Elger

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Dr. Judy Schnurr

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Last week’s WorldAgriTech – ReThink Food virtual event provided several reflections. A world, still very hungry, needs protein, care, and information.…

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