Stay up to speed with the latest people moves in agrifood and tech with AgFunderNews’ monthly column of the industry’s biggest leadership changes. In the last month, Foodpanda’s longtime CEO departed amid a bit of drama, Syngenta Group and Vertical Oceans welcomed new executives, and CPG giant Post’s CEO takes an unexpected leave of absence.
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Foodpanda CEO out amid alleged leaks
Delivery Hero-owned Foodpanda hasn’t publicly commented on why Angele left. However, Tech in Asia reported that he “allegedly leaked details” of the talks around Delivery Hero selling the company to competitor Grab — the current leader among Southeast Asia’s food delivery companies.
“Allegations have arisen that Angele was forced out of his role after he leaked details about confidential talks considering Grab purchasing Delivery Hero’s Southeast Asian business, as alleged in posts by Rebekah Rankine, his former girlfriend,” Tech in Asia posted on LinkedIn.
Angele’s departure happened amid a third round of layoffs for Foodpanda, with this latest round being done in the name of becoming “more agile.”
Syngenta Seeds boss dubbed new CEO
In a more congenial changing of the guards, agribusiness giant Syngenta Group will get a new CEO on Jan. 1 with the appointment of Jeff Rowe, current president of the company’s largest business unit, Syngenta Crop Protection.
Rowe, who’s also a fifth-generation farmer, joined the company in 2016 as president of Syngenta Seeds and North America. He’s well known for leading Syngenta’s efforts around soil health and regenerative agricultural practices.
He’ll step in after current CEO Erik Fyrwald retires. Fyrwald will continue as advisor to the chairman of Syngenta Group and remain on the company’s board of directors.
‘A great fit’ for Vertical Oceans
Singapore-based aquaculture company Vertical Oceans has just appointed Patrick Vizzone as co-founder and CFO. He’ll head up financial management, strategy, and business development at the automated shrimp farming company.
“Our new CFO, Patrick Vizzone, has a long history with hyper-perishable foods and [as] a board member of the International Fresh Produce Association,” Vertical Oceans wrote on LinkedIn. “This is a great fit for our same day farm to fork fresh shrimp 365 days a year.”
Vizzone, who’s also a senior advisor to AgFunderNews parent company AgFunder, most recently served as managing director, head of agri-food, and head of impact investment at Franklin Templeton Global Private Equity.
More people moves
🩺 Post’s president and CEO Robert V. Vitale taking “unexpected” medical leave of absence. The company noted that “it is too soon to know the course of treatment and timing of recovery,” and that COO Jeff A. Zadoks will serve as interim CEO.
🥩 Cultivated meat startup Ivy Farm Technologies appoints Harsh Amin as chief scientific officer. A biotech veteran, Amin brings expertise in stem cell biology, tissue engineering and cell culture media development to the company.