SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phytelligence, a leading agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the way food crops are grown, today announced the hiring of its new Vice President of Operations, David LeBreton. LeBreton will lead the company’s lab, greenhouse and pre-production teams in North America.
In this new role, LeBreton will ensure operations are functioning efficiently to meet grower demand, oversee the integration of pre-production technology, and spearhead the implementation of infrastructure systems and processes to support rapid company growth.
David has quickly demonstrated strong leadership and earned respect from our teams in Portland and Seattle,” said Ken Hunt, CEO of Phytelligence. “We are thrilled to have his support managing and advancing the company’s growth. His experience in strategy development, performance and operation management, coupled with his drive for service improvement will be extremely valuable as we continue to expand and provide growers with the highest quality food crops.”
LeBreton has been working with Phytelligence for the past nine months, evaluating research functions and developing an operational strategy for pre-production before stepping into his new position. In his prior role, he created a framework and procedure for assessing and introducing new products into the company’s sales portfolio.
Prior to joining Phytelligence, LeBreton built a strong career in a variety of fields, including as the principal at LeBreton & Sons, a family owned residential real estate company, where he oversaw capital investment and expansion. He also spent time as the managing director at Popskull, an advertising startup. In addition, LeBreton held the role of chief performance officer for Cook County government in the greater Chicago area, where he led a successful performance management initiative. LeBreton has also supported several political campaigns as a campaign strategist and organizer.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some transformative leaders and groundbreaking organizations throughout my career and during my first year at Phytelligence,” LeBreton said. “I am eager to apply my knowledge around strategy, performance and operations to my new role as we continue to build on the already impressive and disruptive growth.”
Phytelligence is an agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the way food crops are grown. Utilizing its MultiPHY™ proprietary growing techniques to provide superior quality crops, Phytelligence enables higher grower profit by increasing speed to harvest and reducing input costs. Phytelligence provides additional value to food crop growers and plant breeders through the application of advanced testing enabling guaranteed delivery of accurate plants, disease screening, plant repository services, securing of intellectual property, and the ability to co-develop new varieties of food crops. The company has a growing pipeline of biological and compound solutions aimed at improving returns throughout the food crop value chain. Phytelligence was founded by Dr. Amit Dhingra in 2012 out of his Horticulture Genomics and Biotechnology Research laboratory at Washington State University and is headquartered in Seattle with facilities in Pullman, Wash. and Portland, Ore. Learn more at www.phytelligence.com.
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