GrowSafe Systems Ltd. announces the appointment of Gareth Llewellyn as its new CEO effective immediately as well as a number of management and Board changes designed to propel the business’ growth as a leader in the development and commercialization of technologies that support livestock producers become more efficient, profitable and environmentally sustainable.
Gareth, who joined GrowSafe in 2018, will succeed Ian Hamilton in leading the organization. Ian joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director. The other appointments, also announced today include:
- Bryce Schumann, former Chief Executive Officer of the American Angus Association, has joined the company as Seedstock Sales Director.
- With Bryce’s appointment, Mark Nelson will transition into a role as Industry Relations Director, with a focus on driving increased value for GrowSafe customers testing for efficiency.
- Alan Barton, who began working as an Operating Advisor to Wheatsheaf Group earlier this year, will become Chairman of the Board. Alan was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Technologies, an early stage company that upcycles end-of-life tyre materials, acquired by Michelin in 2017.
- GrowSafe also expects to conclude the appointment of an additional senior executive in the coming weeks.
Gareth Llewellyn, the newly appointed CEO of GrowSafe Systems Ltd. said, “I have been involved with GrowSafe in various capacities for several years and firmly believe that the insights our technology provides will make a material and lasting difference to global beef and dairy production.”
“We have a highly talented and ambitious team and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to lead GrowSafe. As a company, our ultimate focus is the success of our customers and we will do all we can to ensure we are aligned with this commitment.”
Ian Hamilton said, “It has been a privilege to lead the GrowSafe team for the past 10 months and having spent time within the business I am more excited than ever about the opportunities available to the company and the impact it can have on the industry. As I take up a Board role, I am looking forward to seeing GrowSafe move to its next growth phase under the new leadership team.”
Graham Ramsbottom, Chief Executive Officer of majority shareholder Wheatsheaf Group, will step down from the GrowSafe Board as part of these changes. Commenting on the news he said, “Wheatsheaf is committed to supporting the development and long-term sustainability of agriculture industries around the world. We see the success of GrowSafe as a key piece to delivering this and the changes announced today are to support and enhance GrowSafe’s growth strategies and ability to deliver its vision.”
GrowSafe builds advanced animal agriculture systems helping producers respond to these challenges in a sustainable way. GrowSafe’s advanced data acquisition platform features integrated hardware and software analytics that provide producers with data to make better decisions for their operations. Today, GrowSafe is helping to raise more efficient, environmentally friendly and healthier animals in 22 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and on farms in Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, South Africa, New Zealand and across Europe.
Wheatsheaf Group directly operates, invests in and helps to develop businesses in the food and agriculture sectors. Wheatsheaf is one of three constituent parts of the Grosvenor Estate which represents all of the business activities of the Grosvenor family. Through the activities of over 2,500 people across 34 countries and the development of innovative technologies, it aims to contribute enduring solutions to improve efficiency in the production of healthy and nutritious food to meet the food requirements borne out of the increasing demands of changing global population.