AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global player in produce freshness solutions, today announced that Clinton A. Lewis Jr. has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Lewis succeeds Jordi Ferre as Chief Executive Officer, who is expected to work with Mr. Lewis and the rest of the team in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
Mr. Lewis brings 30-plus years of experience in the life sciences space, serving in a number of national and international leadership roles at Pfizer and Zoetis, the world’s largest animal health company. Mr. Lewis was instrumental in executing the carve-out of Zoetis from Pfizer and driving the profitable growth story that followed.
“Clint is a seasoned executive with a track record of enhancing operations and driving growth. We are pleased to appoint him as the next CEO of AgroFresh,” said Nance K. Dicciani, Chairman of the Board of AgroFresh. “AgroFresh is at a key inflection point, and the Board believes that Clint is the right person to lead the Company forward. We are confident that he will leverage his life sciences experience and significant leadership abilities to pursue strategic growth opportunities, increase efficiencies and create shareholder value. The Board is grateful to Jordi for his contributions and wishes him well in his next chapter.”
Mr. Lewis stated, “AgroFresh has best-in-class post-harvest solutions, a diverse customer base and a global footprint, and I am honored to take on this role and build on the Company’s strong foundation. I intend to hit the ground running, starting by collaborating with the Board, Jordi and the rest of the management team to review the business and identify opportunities to drive growth and create value. I look forward to working with my colleagues at all levels to provide customers with the food preservation and waste reduction solutions they count on as we deliver value for shareholders.”
Mr. Lewis currently serves on the Board of Directors of International Paper. He formerly served as chairman of the board for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), an industry trade association in the U.S., and served as treasurer for the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), an industry trade association in Europe. Mr. Lewis holds a B.S. from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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