About Us

Across the globe, our clients work to feed the world and keep it healthy. Likewise, Kincannon & Reed searches the world over to deliver the leaders needed to succeed in this noble mission.

Unlike many “international” search firms, we operate as a single office with multiple locations; no silos separate our staff. Ideas, contacts, and insights are freely exchanged among our principals and researchers around the world. This enterprise-wide collaboration translates into a competitive edge−helping to find clients the best possible candidates no matter where in the world they are located.

Kincannon & Reed was founded by Kelly Kincannon in 1981. Over the ensuing years, the firm developed a path unique in the world of retained search: 1) an exclusive focus on the interrelated realms of food, agribusiness, and the plant and animal sciences; and 2) principals drawn from the ranks of senior executives in the sectors we serve. Today, the global footprint of Kincannon & Reed has expanded to every continent and its growth continues unabated.

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By design, the principals at Kincannon & Reed are successful senior executives from the ranks of organizations within the sectors we serve – agribusiness, food, and the plant and animal sciences. This model, unique to Kincannon & Reed, means you will work with a principal who understands at a personal level – not just an intellectual level – the dynamic environment in which you operate. You’ll experience a unique resonance and get personal insight into what it takes to meet your talent needs in the context of your industry and competitive environment.

Solutions And Expertise

Finding a leader – the impact player who will make the definitive difference in achieving your organization’s goals – requires a tenacious, disciplined approach. It’s not just about searching. Kincannon & Reed has a mindset that seeks to truly understand your needs and culture, leaves no stone unturned, and is committed to a win-win close for clients and candidates alike. That’s how we’ve built a track record of success which is the envy of the industry.

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News Briefings

Kincannon & Reed Recruits CTO for Calyxt

Waynesboro, VA-based executive search firm Kincannon & Reed has recruited Travis Frey as the new chief technology officer of Calyxt, a healthy food ingredient company in Roseville, MN. Dr. Frey brings extensive knowledge in plant biology and biotechnology to a newly created position at the company. As CTO, he will be responsible for the research and development

Kincannon & Reed Recruiting Veteran Gregory Duerksen Dies at 61

Gregory J. Duerksen, chairman and former CEO of Kincannon & Reed, died unexpectedly in Richmond, VA, on January 31. He was 61. Mr. Duerksen joined Kincannon & Reed in 2001 and became chairman and CEO in 2007. “Greg’s contribution to the firm cannot be overstated,” said Issy Perez, president and CEO of Kincannon & Reed.