NewLeaf Symbiotics Appoints Brent Smith as President
Saint Louis, MO, March 01, 2023. NewLeaf Symbiotics, a company that specializes in harnessing the power of naturally occurring microbes to improve agricultural sustainability, announced today that Brent Smith will be joining the company as President, following a national search process.
Brent is an entrepreneurial executive leader with a proven track record of exceeding revenue and profit targets while building long term value and expanding global reach. Brent has over 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry with substantial achievements in sales, marketing, sustainability, mergers and acquisitions while working for companies like Nutrien Ag Solutions, Syngenta and The Scotts Company.
Before joining NewLeaf Symbiotics, Brent served as Global Vice President of Sustainable Ag, Innovation and Proprietary Products at Nutrien Ag Solutions and President of Loveland Products. Since 2009 Brent has played a crucial role in expanding Loveland’s growth domestically as well as internationally. He also led the creation of Nutrien Ag Solutions’ Marketing organization and Nutriens’ global Sustainable Ag strategy.
"We are thrilled to welcome Brent to the NewLeaf team," said Steve Kahn, Chief Executive Officer of NewLeaf Symbiotics. "His extensive experience in the agriculture industry, combined with his strategic vision and leadership skills, make him the ideal candidate to lead the company through its next stage of commercial growth and market expansion."
As President of NewLeaf Symbiotics, Brent will lead the company's domestic and international commercial operations and the company's research and development efforts to advance the expansion of its innovative bio-stimulant, bio- protection, NUE and methane mitigation technologies.
"I am excited to join the NewLeaf team and help lead the company into its next chapter," said Brent. "NewLeaf has a strong history of innovation and a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture. I look forward to working with the team to build on this foundation and drive growth for the company."
For this recruitment, NewLeaf partnered with Kincannon & Reed, the largest retained search firm focused on food and agriculture clients. Jon Leafstedt, Cassie Edgar and Crystal Strauss led Kincannon & Reed’s identification, recruitment and evaluation of a strong slate of well-qualified candidates.
About NewLeaf Symbiotics
NewLeaf Symbiotics is an agricultural technology company engaged in discovery, development, production and commercialization of products containing beneficial plant microbes. NewLeaf’s family of products helps farmers increase yield by promoting stronger plants and better nutrient uptake, ultimately contributing to the transformation of agriculture towards a more sustainable future.
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