About Us

Food and agriculture: industries as unique as the people who lead them. And no one knows them like we do. We’re Kincannon & Reed, a global executive search firm exclusively serving organizations within the food and agriculture industries.

Our approach is different
With 40 years of experience across diverse international sectors, we know the caliber of leaders needed to shape a promising future for the food and agriculture industries.

We’ve sat in your chair.
Empty seats at your leadership table or ineffective executives hurt profits, morale, and market share. Our principals are well-networked, former industry executives who understand your priorities and the talent you seek. We advise you as a colleague or peer, rather than an outsider. Learn who we are.

Knowing your next leader is our job.
We are a team of search professionals serving clients focused on feeding the world and keeping it healthy. We leverage our deep industry knowledge, data, and connections to identify and place leaders with the right experiences, values, and cultural fit. Learn who we serve.

Providing search expertise and more
Our search professionals partner with you throughout the process. We ask questions, listen for understanding, and assess candidates from the informed perspective of former executives. We have a genuine interest in your organization’s next leader. Learn what we do.

Our Team


You’re looking for an impact player. Start by meeting ours.
We are a team of search professionals who know the value of qualified leadership, diversity, and the important role we play in the future of the food and agriculture industries – our reputation proves it.

Solutions And Expertise

Serving clients who feed the world and keep it healthy.
We’re a firm with a focus – specializing in delivering leaders. Our clients from across the globe are all types and sizes of organizations. If food and agriculture are part of your business model, we have principals with experience and connections in your industry.

Executive Roles in Which We Specialize
Whether you’re looking for a CEO, research leader, marketing strategist or operations head, Kincannon & Reed’s executive level search experience spans diverse functional roles.


News Briefings

Kincannon & Reed Recruits COO for MyLand

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has assisted in the placement of Sascha Welz as the new chief operating officer of MyLand, a soil health company. “Sascha is a trusted leader who consistently delivers results,” said Dane Hague, co-founder and president of MyLand. “He embodies our mission, culture and passion for impact. Sascha is a team builder.”

Kincannon & Reed Appoints Director of Data and Analytics

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has expanded with the addition of John Grisolano as director of data and analytics. “Our database of executives is critical for our ability to place leaders who feed the world and keep it healthy,” said David Turner, president of Kincannon & Reed. “Having someone like John leading our data strategy is key

Mastering the Online Interview

Global executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has been working remotely for more than 35 years facilitating video interviews long before it became a necessity. The firm recently shared with Hunt Scanlon Media some best practices to help clients and candidates prepare to engage remotely, present their best, and ultimately determine if this is someone you

Coming to Work with Higher Leadership Expectations

The virtualization of work has impacted more than the workday. It has impacted every level of business. Importantly, leaders are thinking differently about attracting, developing, and retaining talent. The new work environment has increased the competition for high performing talent. Hiring managers across the food and agriculture industries, for one, are re-designing strategies and thinking through new

Press Releases


(Sept. 2021) Kincannon & Reed Managing Partners Jon Leafstedt and Heiri Gugger along with Managing Director Cassie Edgar extend their heartfelt congratulations to Ted McKinney on his new role as CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). In his new role, McKinney will primarily be responsible for all administrative and operational

Executive Director of Leading Investment Company Placed by K&R

(Sept. 2021) Kincannon & Reed Managing Partner, Janet Wightman and Director Crystal Strauss congratulate Clay Popko on his recent placement with PGIM Real Estate, Agricultural Finance, a leading investment company, as their new Executive Director, Agricultural Debt – West. In his new role as Executive Director, Popko will manage most aspects of the loan origination

Beatty Promoted to Research Team Manager at Kincannon & Reed

(Sept. 2021) Kincannon & Reed is pleased to announce the promotion of Zachary Beatty to Research Team Manager. “Zach is a phenomenal asset to our K&R team and has been integral to growing the research function of the firm. We make a concerted effort to get our clients strong candidate prospects and the only way

Strategic Business Development & General Manager placed by K&R

(August 2021)Kincannon & Reed Managing Partner Janet Wightman congratulates Hensall Co-op’s new General Manager & Strategic Business Development Manager, Brad Grabham. Founded in 1937 by a group of farmers with a shared mission, Hensall Co-op has grown to become one of Canada’s largest independent, non-financial co-operatives with an employee base of approximately 600 and revenues

M&A Conference Info Sept 2021