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NewLeaf Symbiotics Brings Aboard Nicole Phillips, Lon Kreger to Continue Growth Trajectory

SAINT LOUIS, MO, Aug 09, 2023 – NewLeaf Symbiotics, an innovative agricultural leader focused on sustainable biotechnology, is pleased to announce the appointments of Nicole Phillips, Vice President – Marketing, and Lon Kreger, Senior Director – International Business Development.

With the addition of these experienced professionals, NewLeaf Symbiotics continues progress on its ambitious growth plan

Phillips joins NewLeaf following significant marketing leadership roles on both corporate and agency teams for brands such as Nutrien Ag Solutions, DEKALBAsgrow, Volkswagenof America and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

Phillips is a resultsdriven marketer who has led awardwinning creative campaigns while overdelivering against key performance indicators. Driven by a passion for agriculture, she comes to NewLeaf with a desire to tell the story of the sustainable technologies that will help farmers feed a growing population

Kreger has spent more than a decade in international business development, from multi-national corporations like Bayer and Nutrien to growthstage companies. Having managed teams on four continents, he has added almost a quarter billion dollars or revenue growth through the creation of multi-channel distribution models, clarifying channel alignment and partnership engagement. Averaging a dozen product launches in as many countries per year, Kreger focuses on empowering local assets with real P&L, which has led to dramatic profit increases

As we position ourselves for rapid growth, we are excited to bring on the deep and proven skill sets of Nicole and Lon,said Brent Smith, President of NewLeaf Symbiotics. Sharing the story of our technology and introducing it in more markets globally will create impact not only for our company but for partners seeking to provide higher efficacy and more sustainable potential to their customers.” 

“I am thrilled to join NewLeaf,said Phillips. “This technologyprovides a solution for many of the challenges facing the ag industry. Telling the story of the impact that is possible not only around yield increase but also soil, water and air quality is a unique opportunity. I’m excited to increase the awareness around the benefits NewLeaf brings to a partner organization and ultimately to the acre.” 

“NewLeaf is delivering strong results in North America,said Kreger. “There is great opportunity to bring our technology to global markets and create even broader impact. I’m excited to represent NewLeaf as we continue to expand our gotomarket strategies within the international agricultural community.” 

NewLeaf Symbiotics continues its commitment to attracting top talent and strongly positioning itself for growth

With these two appointments, NewLeaf Symbiotics is well-positioned to advance its growth initiatives and create strong traction in the agricultural biotechnology industry. 

About NewLeaf Symbiotics 

NewLeaf Symbiotics is an agricultural biologicals leader that is focused on the discovery, development, production and commercialization of products containing beneficial plant microbes. An innovator in pink-pigmented facultative methylotrophs (PPFMs), its technology outcomes include increased yield potential and sustainability indicators. Headquartered in the Ag Innovation capital of St. Louis, its team has grown to 40+ members, including 12 PhD scientists. NewLeaf has filed over 185+ patents and patent applications and introduced its first biostimulant products in the United States for corn and soy.

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