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Sakata Seeds appoints new COO


November 30, 2021
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Sakata Seed America has appointed Eduardo Flores as its new chief operations officer (COO), effective Nov. 29. Flores will assume responsibility for all of Sakata’s logistics, operations and seed production activity in North and Central America, and based in Sakata’s Morgan Hill, Calif., headquarters.

Flores has extensive experience leading supply chain operations for vegetables seeds, having served as the 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. Most recently, Flores led global strategy for Dummen Orange, the Netherlands-based ornamentals company.

“Across my career, I’ve shared Sakata’s belief that seeds have the potential to improve lives and create healthier communities,” Flores said in a press release. “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.”

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Flores holds an honours B.Sc. 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.