WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an independent non-profit corporation, today announced the engagement of Kincannon & Reed to conduct a nationwide search for an Executive Director to lead this new organization. The Foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy.
Authorized by Congress with a $200 million appropriation as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, FFAR will identify and support projects to catalyze research and development in food and agriculture, resulting in a more productive, sustainable American agriculture that helps meet the challenges of healthfully feeding a growing world. The Foundation will deploy a range of tools and approaches to advance its goals, including:
- Fund incremental research and development through grants and innovation challenges
- Build innovative public-private partnerships
- Convene other stakeholders and thought leaders to foster collaboration
- Develop human capacity to advance innovation
“We are excited about the promise of this new Foundation to advance breakthrough research on vital issues affecting the lives of all Americans,” said FFAR Board Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. “A priority for our board is to identify our inaugural Executive Director. Working with Kincannon & Reed, which is known for its expertise in recruiting senior executives in food, agribusiness, and life sciences around the globe, will ensure that FFAR can find the exceptional caliber of leader required for the development of the organization.”
Glickman added, “FFAR will invest in research with the potential to transform the food and agriculture value chains and improve food safety, nutrition, and health for our citizens. Consequently, we seek a transformative leader – a results-oriented, scientifically credible, entrepreneurial organization builder who can energize and mobilize public and private sector stakeholders and advance research and innovation.”
Reporting to the FFAR Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and establish and execute long-range goals and plans to catalyze innovation in food and agriculture. The
Executive Director will play a critical role in recruiting other top talent to the Foundation and will have a significant opportunity to shape the structure and direction of the growing organization.
More information on the Executive Director role, and desired skills and experiences can be found at www.KRsearch.com/ffar-executive-director.
For confidential consideration as a candidate or to suggest a prospective candidate, please contact Lisa Fisher at 301- 326- 2072 or submit information to FFAR-Executive- Director@krsearch.net no later than April 20, 2015.
Created by Congress in 2014, the vision of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is for a vibrant and productive public/private research enterprise that is collaborating to tackle the most pressing challenges in food and agriculture. Operating as a non-profit corporation, FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy. For more information, go to www.far.foundation.
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