Sakata Seed America has appointed Eduardo Flores to the role of chief operations officer (COO) for Sakata Seed America, effective November 29th, 2021. Flores will assume responsibility for all of Sakata’s logistics, operations, and seed production activity in North/Central America and reports to John Nelson, executive vice-president, and administratively to Dave Armstrong, president-CEO. Flores will be based in Sakata’s Morgan Hill, CA headquarters.
Flores has extensive experience leading supply chain operations for vegetable seeds, having served as regional operations director for Monsanto’s North American vegetables business. He was also the commercial lead for De Ruiter, a company specialized in hi-tech greenhouse tomato seeds and other crops, acquired by Monsanto and, most recently, led global strategy for Dummen Orange, the Netherlands-based ornamentals company.
Flores 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,” says Armstrong. “Ed’s operational background and cross-cultural experience is a great fit for Sakata.”
“Across my career, I’ve shared Sakata’s belief that seeds have the potential to improve lives and create healthier communities,” says 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.”