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developing the best solutions

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Locus AG Leadership

GRANT ALDRIDGE
GRANT ALDRIDGECEO

Strategic Direction and Operational Leadership

Now: Drives vision, strategy, operations and commercial development.

Before: Professional consultant with over 25 years of experience in agribusiness, consumer & professional pest management industries, holding executive positions at Terramera, Syngenta, Monsanto and more.

KEVIN HODGES
KEVIN HODGESSenior VP, Commercial Marketing & Strategy

Tactical planning and go-to-market execution

Now: Develops strategies to expand the reach of products and programs across the U.S. and key global countries

Before: 21+ years of progressive experience driving business operations across the agriculture value chain for prominent companies, including General Mills and Bayer Crop Science (formerly Monsanto), and agtechs such as Arcadia Biosciences

KARTHIK KARATHUR
KARTHIK KARATHURSenior VP, Board Member

Growth Strategies and Emerging Markets

Now: Provides direction and implementation of future growth initiatives.

Before: Instrumental in launching Locus Bio-Energy, an affiliate to Locus AG, into a high-growth business. Management consultant by background with McKinsey & Company.

PAUL ZORNER
PAUL ZORNER Chief Agronomist

Agricultural Innovation and Microbial Education

Now: Heads internal and external education and agronomic strategy.

Before: Executive, innovator and educator with 40+ years of international experience in science, R&D, operations and administration, holding leadership positions at multiple organizations including Mycogen Corporation, Dow Chemical, BASF and Diversa Corporation.

CHAD PAWLAK
CHAD PAWLAKVP, Commercial Row Crops

Business Development for Row Crops

Now: Drives commercial sales strategy, execution and expansion of row crop offerings

Before: Global entrepreneurial executive with a successful track record of building companies and unique range of experience across agribusiness, including crop protection, genetics, dairy and specialty foods

DARRIN PASCHAL
DARRIN PASCHALVP of Specialty Crops

Business Development for Specialty Markets

Now: Builds market growth plans and strategic partnerships within specialty and horticulture markets.

Before: Held leadership roles in Nursery, Landscape and Plant Nutritional Companies over the last 25 years with specific focus on merchandising, marketing and operations.

ALEX FOTSCH
ALEX FOTSCHVP of Product Management

Product Launches and Data Validation

Now: Develops all field testing programs and commercialization business plans.

Before: Elected delegate of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, and formerly held a manager position at SG Biofuels, Inc.

WALTER HECHENBLEIKNER
WALTER HECHENBLEIKNERDirector of Sales, East Region

Business Development for the East Region

Now: Responsible for managing all sales operations to achieve company goals through strategic sales plans.

Before: Held sales and operations leadership positions within the Green industry and military for the last 30 years, including with Site One Landscape Supply, TruGreen LandCare, The Brickman Group and US Army Special Operations.

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Locus FS Leadership

Locus FS was founded by Andrew Lefkowitz and Sean Farmer, two colleagues with an extensive history in microbial work, an appreciation for the positive benefits bacteria can have, and a joint passion for the impact they can make across all business sectors.

ANDREW LEFKOWITZ
ANDREW LEFKOWITZCo-Founder, CEO & Chairman

Now: Responsible for the strategic advancement and management of Locus FS and its related businesses

Before: Previously founded Ganeden Inc., a global probiotic ingredient company known for its science-backed, shelf-stable strain that is used in more than 1,000 food and beverage products globally.

SEAN FARMER
SEAN FARMER Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Now: Responsible for envisioning and developing research capabilities, scientific product, and intellectual property.

Before: Co-founder & chief scientific officer of Ganeden Inc., who was responsible for the discovery of best-in-class oral and topical probiotics. A microbiologist and fermentation scientist with over 135 issued patents for microbial technologies.

Locus FS Scientific Development 

Locus FS has a team of world-class scientists that are globally recognized as thought leaders in microbiology and fermentation systems, with hundreds of patents and successful industrial and government engagements.

KENNETH ALIBEK
KENNETH ALIBEK Senior Vice President-Research & Development

Now: Spearheads all scientific R&D projects and new technology development

Before: Former lead scientific administrator of the Soviet Union’s biological research & development program, with extensive experience in microbiology and biotechnology. Named by the BBC as one of the most influential people in the world and received the Barkley medal for his contributions to world peace.

We’re Better Together.


We have the opposite of the “it must be invented here” mentality. We are actively engaged with passionate researchers, experts at major universities, respected third-party testing organizations and innovative partners for distribution and licensing. Together, we work to bring cutting-edge, science-backed solutions for complex agricultural problems to growers as quickly as possible.