Sakata Seed America Appoints COO
Sakata Seed America announces the appointment of Eduardo Flores to the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Sakata Seed America, effective Nov. 29. Ed will assume responsibility for all of Sakata’s logistics, operations and seed production activity in North/Central America, reporting to John Nelson, executive vice president, and administratively to Dave Armstrong, president/CEO. Ed will be based in Sakata’s Morgan Hill, California, headquarters.
Ed has extensive experience leading supply chain operations for vegetables seeds, having served as regional operations director for Monsanto’s North American vegetables business. He was also the commercial lead for De Ruiter, a global leader in hi-tech greenhouse tomato seeds and other crops, acquired by Monsanto and, most recently, Ed led global strategy for Dümmen Orange.
Ed holds a B.S. (Honors) in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from The Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey (Mexico) and an MBA from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is fluent in Spanish and English.
“We are excited to have Ed join Sakata,” said Dave Armstrong. “Ed’s strong operational background and cross-cultural experience is a great fit for Sakata.”
“Ed will be an immediate contributor to Sakata,” said John Nelson. “Ed brings the ability to enhance Sakata’s industry leading supply chain team.”
“Across my career, I’ve shared Sakata’s belief that seeds have the potential to improve lives and create healthier communities,” said Ed Flores. “This is a remarkable opportunity to combine my passion for seeds and merge it with my professional business experience to contribute to Sakata and our colleagues.”
For more information, go to www.sakata.com.