Stay up to speed with the latest people moves in agrifood and tech with AgFunderNews’ monthly column of the industry’s biggest leadership changes. This month, AeroFarms CMO steps down shortly after the company emerges from bankruptcy, agtech startup Regrow welcomes a new CTO and Starbucks’ former boss says goodbye.
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AeroFarms CMO steps down
Oshima, who co-founded the company, wrote on LinkedIn that he is “proud of the work” AeroFarms has done over the years to “help advance the overall industry.” He hasn’t yet said where he’s next headed.
AeroFarms has gone through a turbulent year that’s included filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, closing up its New Jersey facility and, recently, emerging from bankruptcy to focus solely on commercial production at its Virginia farm. The company says it is nearing profitability at that farm.
Oshima’s departure follows that of cofounder and CEO David Rosenberg, who left the company around the time of the bankruptcy filing.
Howard Schultz resigns from Starbucks board
The resignation comes not long after he stepped down from his third stint as the company’s CEO earlier this year.
Food Dive reports that Schultz recently faced off with Starbucks Workers United Members around alleged unfair labor practices; Schultz denied that Starbucks violated any labor laws. Even so, Starbucks Workers United Members “celebrated his departure as a chance for the company to alter the strategy it has used against the union.”
Starbucks said there would be “little to no impact to fundamentals” as a result of Schultz leaving the board, though he may take the brand’s “magic touch” with him on the way out.
As for Schultz, he’s said he plans to spend his retirement on “philanthropic ventures.”
Regrow hires MongoDB vet as CTO
Tech is a critical part of Regrow’s offerings for farmers, producer and CPGs. Pasette will guide the roadmap for this, helping to ensure that IT investments fit within the Regrow Ag mission of helping companies along the food supply chain farm more sustainably.
Pasette brings more than two decades of tech and engineering experience to the Regrow table, including 11 years at data developer platform MongoDB.
“One year ago, I set my sights on finding a way to apply my tech world experience towards addressing climate change. I think I’ve found the perfect fit here at Regrow Ag,” Pasette wrote on LinkedIn.
More people moves
🥬 Western Growers hires Joelle Mosso as associate vice president, science programs. Mosso joins from the Organic Trade Association, where she served as senior director of technical and regulatory affairs.
🥩 Cultivated meat company Omeat promoted Pavle Stojkovic to chief strategy officer. Stojkovic previously served as the company’s chief people officer and will focus on Omeat’s commercialization process.