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Rise Fund hires food & ag execs as it pushes forward with fundraise

TPG Rise Fund has hired former Whole Foods Market co-chief executive Walter Robb as senior advisor for food and agriculture. Taryn Goodman is also joining as sector lead for food and agriculture. The appointments come less less than a month after TPG terminated Rise Fund and TPG Growth co-founder Bill McGlashan’s services for cause over his alleged involvement […]

Finistere hires ex-Bayer crop science R&D chief as CTO

Adrian Percy, who already advises two of the firm’s portfolio companies, expects regulatory pressure to provide opportunities for agtech investors.

Paine Schwartz adds former Cargill exec as operating director

Peter Hawthorn is a former vice-president of corporate strategy with the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant.

Westchester hires ex-BlackRock exec as portfolio manager

Skye Macpherson left the New York headquartered asset manager earlier this year and will focus on the Nuveen subsidiary’s proprietary research and analytics, developing new investment products and expanding its ESG investment process.

OTPP elevates natural resources exec to director

Christopher Metrakos has held an energy-focused position within the C$193bn pension’s natural resources unit since 2014.

Farmer Mac’s president highlights energy-ag convergence

After taking the helm at the NYSE-traded secondary marketplace for agricultural loans in October, Brad Nordholm tells Agri Investor it is getting harder to make generalizations about its agricultural borrowers.

Blue Sky loses key personnel from water team – exclusive

Investment directors Michael Blakeney and Nick Waters are leaving in a development that MD Kim Morison described as ‘disappointing.’

Vintage Wine Estates adds AGR exec as COO

Jeff Nicholson’s previous experience is focused on logistics in the pet supply industry.

Blue Sky appoints former Hastings boss as chairman

Andrew Day, who led Hastings Funds Management for six years, will step into the role later this month.

Paine Schwartz adds former Sunrise exec as operating partner

Ed Haft already serves on the boards of three Paine portfolio companies and was chief executive at Sunrise Growers before the firm sold the frozen fruit processor and marketer to SunOpta for $450m in 2015.
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