Morris Bixby Names Head of Executive Search Division

November 11, 2016 – Morris Bixby Group, an agribusiness focused search firm, has appointed Allen Smith as managing partner of its new executive division, Morris Bixby Executive. Mr. Smith has an extensive background in the field of agriculture, having managed business units in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Now based in St. Louis, he will lead Morris Bixby’s executive search business involved with all aspects of agriculture, including seed, biotechnology, chemistry, fertilizer and digital agriculture.

He started his career in sales and marketing with American Cyanamid / BASF. Over the course of the next 15 years, he moved into various global commercial leadership roles, including general manager of Canada based in Toronto and vice president of Canada, Asia and global specialty products. While living in Singapore, he joined Monsanto, first managing its Southeast Asia business and then advancing to VP for the Asia Pacific region. He then served as the company’s VP Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Other roles in Monsanto included strategic accounts and global business development.

“Allen brings Morris Bixby Executive an extraordinary level of leadership advisory experience, as well as strong high level client relationships,” said Morris Bixby Group president Jay Morris. “We are excited to have him lead our executive search business as we continue to expand our capabilities to serve agriculture clients. He brings diverse expertise in multiple areas, including general management, executive coaching, leadership development, talent selection and performance management, both in the U.S. and internationally,” Mr. Morris added. Morris Bixby Group specializes in placing middle to upper level candidates in crop protection, seeds / traits, animal health, grain, food, and energy.

Some Recent Search Activity

A number of agriculture businesses have been turning to executive search firms to find new leaders in recent months. Here is a look at some recent recruiting activity from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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