September 24, 2010 – Kincannon & Reed Global Executive Search has named Jon Leafstedt as managing partner. In his new role, Mr. Leafstedt will focus on expanding the firm's client base in North America and its global marketing strategies. He will continue to be responsible for senior-level executive searches in all areas of the business with particular emphasis in biotechnology, seed, crop protection products, animal health, and renewable fuels. Prior to joining Kincannon & Reed, Mr. Leafstedt served in wide-ranging executive roles in global agribusinesses and development-stage technology companies, including serving as president of Chromatin, Inc., a plant biotechnology firm. “Jon's broad executive experiences in our target industry sectors and excellent track record as a principal at Kincannon & Reed are tremendous assets to our firm and the many clients we serve,” said Greg Duerksen, president of Kincannon & Reed. “His leadership will be instrumental in the continued development and growth of our firm in North America.” Founded in 1981, Kincannon & Reed is focused exclusively on the food, agribusiness, and life sciences sectors and serves clients throughout the world from its offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia / Pacific.