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 Places Two Top Leaders for AgReliant Genetics

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently helped to fill two key leadership roles for AgReliant Genetics in Westfield, IN. Brian Barker is the new chief executive officer and president of the biotechnology research company, and David Pugh, who was hired a few weeks earlier, is

Kincannon & Reed Recruits VP of HR for Highline Mushrooms

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently placed Brian McCarthy as vice president of human resources of organic mushroom grower Highline Mushrooms in Leamington, Ontario. The assignment was led by managing partners Janet Wightman and John Wright. With more than two decades of experience as an

Kincannon & Reed Recruits CFO and CHRO for Riceland Foods

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently recruited Craig Parr as CFO and Lionel Riley as CHRO of farmer-owned rice and soybean cooperative Riceland Foods. As the organization’s new CFO, Mr. Parr’s expertise is expected to be instrumental as the organization continues to grow, said

Kincannon & Reed Recruits Chief Sustainability Officer for National Pork Board

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed, which exclusively focuses on food, agribusiness, and the related life sciences, recently recruited James Burr as the chief sustainability officer of National Pork Board. “Jamie brings an innate ability to communicate across audiences and is known for being a collaborative leader who instills trust,” said Sally Day, managing partner.

Press Releases

King Ranch EVP & CFO placed by Kincannon & Reed

King Ranch, Inc. announces the appointment of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Andy Reul. As CFO, Reul brings a strong track record of successful business accomplishments and a wealth of knowledge across various sectors of agribusiness. As King Ranch’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Reul will partner with the President &

AgReliant Genetics partners with K&R on CEO and CFO searches

Leading seed research and production company AgReliant Genetics, LLC. recently welcomed two executives to their senior leadership team. Last week the company announced Brian Barker and David Pugh joined the organization as the new President & CEO and VP, Finance & CFO respectively. Barker spent his entire career within the ag sector, holding increasingly senior

K&R places Director of Ranch Management Program for TCU

Last week, accomplished higher education professional Matthew Garcia, PhD joined the faculty at Texas Christian University (TCU) as the new Director of Ranch Management. Initially proposed by a group of ranchers, TCU developed an educational program that helped meet the needs of the ranching industry. Since its official launch in the mid-1950s, the program has expanded to

VP placed by K&R at Northwest Horticultural Council

The Northwest Horticultural Council (NHC) recently welcomed Virna Stillwaugh to the organization as the new Vice President for Scientific Affairs. Based in Washington, NHC is a nonprofit trade association representing the tree fruit industry in Idaho, Oregon and Washington on policy and regulatory matters at a federal and international level. The region’s growers, packers and shippers produce