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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.

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.

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.

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.

SHANE HEAD
SHANE HEADVP of Environmental Platforms

CarbonNOW Program and Environmental Initiatives

Now: Leads the CarbonNOW program and strategy for all environmental objectives.

Before: Brings 20+ years of progressive leadership in the ag industry, most recently driving the growth of new carbon platforms.

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.

BRYAN GUIPRE
BRYAN GUIPREEnvironmental Platform Accounts Director

Grower Relations and Carbon Credit Issuance

Now: Acts as project manager and grower liaison for the CarbonNOW program.

Before: Has a vast knowledge of production agriculture across North America from previous roles in retail and wholesale, new product development, market expansion, and training management for operational and sales teams.

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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 Have Support From the Experts

We’re supported by many industry thought leaders, including:

JAY SHORTChairman, CEO, President, and Cofounder of BioAtla, LLC. Founder, CEO and Director of several leading biotech companies including Diversa, Senomyx and Life Technologies (now Thermo-Fisher Scientific).
ERIC MATHURFounder, Executive and Head of Research of several leading biotech companies, including Diversa, Synthetic Genomics, Yulex Corporation and SGB.
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