Planting Seeds for Growth in a Biotech Leader

A high-growth, entrepreneurial biotechnology company had acquired a new business unit focused on sorghum seed production. To ensure the unit’s continued growth and development, and also help it play a vital role in the capture of bioenergy crop opportunities, the organization needed a new executive to oversee its feed operations.

Because the new VP would be managing an established business within the larger biotech enterprise, he or she needed strong and flexible communication skills: not only would the job involve directing workers in the traditional seed manufacturing operation, but there also would be regular interactions and discussions with technology entrepreneurs and venture capital investors in a well-established market.

Kincannon & Reed responded by finding a truly unique individual. We located a seasoned agricultural management professional working at a much larger organization with a highly relevant skill set who was eager to apply the lessons learned there in the smaller, more entrepreneurial setting of our client. In addition, he practically had sorghum in his DNA, having grown up on a sorghum farm in Western Kansas, not far from where the new position would take him and his family. From the time the candidate joined the organization he has overseen its significant success — driven by sustained organic growth.