GrowSafe Systems Limited announced today it has expanded its senior leadership team as part of an ambitious growth plan. Ian Hamilton of Wheatsheaf Group Ltd. has been appointed to the new position of Managing Director of GrowSafe. Ian brings to the Company decades of senior-executive and non-executive experience with a range of international companies such as Aviagen, Cogent Breeding Ltd, Vytelle Inc and Horizon Proteins Ltd. At Aviagen, Ian was part of the founding management team which built the largest poultry breeding businesses in the world, growing the company from a niche player into the clear global leader. He specialises in market and business growth, aligned to developing high-performing teams across the globe.
As part of these changes, Alison Sunstrum has taken on the role of Non-Executive Chairperson, enabling her to focus on strategic vision and explore new opportunities to implement GrowSafes revolutionary agriculture decision support systems.
GrowSafe also announced that A. James Shafter has joined its Board of Directors. Most recently, Jim served as General Counsel of COFCO International Ltd., a multi-flag global agribusiness based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, he was general counsel and managing director at Noble Agri, an agricultural trading and processing company, of counsel at the law firm of Bryan Cave, and Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions at Archer Daniels Midland.
Having been in the animal genetics/efficiency sector for 30 years, I am proud to be part of the GrowSafe story, said Ian Hamilton. Without question, we are facing unprecedented times in animal agriculture. Minimizing input costs, reducing waste, aligning genetic selection programs with consumer preference, adopting audited production systems “ all of these are imperative to drive long term growth and sustainability of protein supply chains. In addition to the changes we make today, we will continue to add senior management strength to support our growth.
GrowSafe founder Camiel Huisma commented: Having founded GrowSafe nearly 30 years ago, I am more excited than ever by the opportunity that is in front of us today. Our passion has always been to help support the animal agriculture industry, and that passion has driven the development of our current product platform, which is the gold-standard in the market. Bringing Ians experience to the business, and enabling Alison to focus on strategic direction, can only help support the growth we are planning.
GrowSafes technology improves the efficiency and resiliency of beef and dairy animals, enabling the early identification of disease and recommending responsive treatment protocols. GrowSafes solutions reduce feed and labor costs, and improve the well-being of monitored animals through significant investment in data mining, machine learning and advanced computation.
The Wheatsheaf Group first took a significant stake in GrowSafe in 2016. GrowSafes founders and the Wheatsheaf Group share a passionate belief that the worlds food security challenges can be met through transformative technology and the efficient use of resources. They are joined in ownership by Simplot Land and Livestock, one of the largest agribusinesses in the world.
Since 1990, GrowSafe has been on a mission to prove we can reduce the environmental footprint of animal agriculture. Collaborating with over 60 academic institutions, with 140 customers on 5 continents, GrowSafe demonstrates that complex science and technology approaches can be delivered simply to the farm.
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