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 New Leader for Center for Food Integrity

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has assisted in the recruitment of Mickie French as the new executive director of the Center for Food Integrity (CFI). She takes over for Terry Fleck, who announced his retirement late last year. Principals Paul Izenstark, Jon Leafstedt, and Jared Spader led the assignment. “Bringing a wealth of knowledge with her to the role,

Kincannon & Reed Expands Senior Search Staff

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has expanded with the addition of  Lloyd Le Page as managing director. “Lloyd’s extensive background across the value chain paired with his demonstrated business and market development skills – both domestic and international – will provide our clients with an unmatched level of insight and strategy,” said David Turner, president of the

Talent Retention & Recruitment Strategies for Turbulent Times

The upheaval that began on March 11, 2020, resulted in dramatic ripple effects in all industries – including, of course, those that ensure a safe, secure and abundant food system. Supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, implementation of safety equipment and protocols, and stay-at-home orders upended standard operating procedures and forced on-the-spot decision making, according to

Kincannon & Reed Expands Search Staff

Executive recruitment firm Kincannon & Reed has expanded with the addition of veteran food value chain executive Jared Spader as managing director. “We were thrilled when Jared indicated he was interested in working for Kincannon & Reed,” said David Turner, president of the firm. “His service industry experience, combined with his passion for people will be a strong asset

Press Releases

K&R Partners with National Pork Board for Market Development Search

(March 2022) Kincannon & Reed principals Sally Day, Jon Leafstedt, and Warren Ward congratulate Courtney Knupp on recently joining National Pork Board (NPB) as the Vice President, International Market Development. Knupp brings a solid foundation of marketing, commercial and policy experience with her to NPB. This includes several years with the National Pork Producers Council. She was responsible

K&R Partners with Farmers Edge to Place Business Development Leader

(March 2022) Kincannon & Reed Managing Director Ricardo Casiuch extends his congratulations to Bruno Costa for joining the Farmers Edge team as the Senior Business Development Manager in Brazil & Latin America. Costa is directly responsible for identifying new relationship opportunities for the company in addition to maintaining and growing the existing partnerships in place. As the

Innovation Leader Placed with Califia Farms by K&R

(Feb. 2022) Kincannon & Reed Managing Directors Paul Izenstark and Carolyn Schubert extend their congratulations to Califia Farms’ new Chief Science and Innovation Officer Joana Montenegro. Montenegro joined the plant-based foods company earlier this year where she is responsible for guiding new product development and the management of products in various stages of development, from

Kincannon & Reed Partners with Equinom for Multiple Searches

(Feb. 2022) K&R Managing Partners Gary Weihs and Paul Izenstark congratulate Galit Feinreich and Frank Higgins on their new roles with plant-based ingredients company Equinom. Marketing and innovation specialist Galit Feinreich brings more than 20 years of experience with her to the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Her background includes positions with large Consumer Packaged