Pivot Bio appoints operations and information managers

Berkeley, Calif., May 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pivot Bio, the leading microbial nitrogen innovator providing sustainable, self-fertilizing grain crops, announced today that Lisa Nunez Safarian is joining as Chief Operating Officer and John Walls as Chief Information Officer.

“John and Lisa join Pivot Bio at a critical time in our growth trajectory,” said Karsten Temme, co-founder and CEO of Pivot Bio. “Their insights and leadership will help guide our journey to provide more and more farmers with access to productive and sustainable innovations and grow our product offerings.

As COO, Safarian will lead product development, regulatory, trading and manufacturing at Pivot Bio. Having dedicated her career to agriculture and held numerous leadership positions, she has a proven track record at Bayer and Monsanto in market leadership and business transformation. Safarian has served on the board of Pivot Bio for nearly a year and will remain on the company’s board as COO.

Walls joins Pivot Bio from ADM Investor Services, where he served as senior vice president and chief information officer. Previously, Walls held various CIO and COO positions at ADM and Iowa Grain Company. At Pivot Bio, Walls will lead the company’s data and insights strategy to meet the needs of the business as it continues to grow rapidly.

Walls and Safarian join Pivot Bio at a time of explosive growth for the company. It raised $430 million in Series D funding and launched its second-generation nitrogen product for corn, Pivot Bio PROVEN® 40, to increase farmer productivity and improve sustainability. The company tripled its revenue in 2021, providing farmers with a breakthrough product that was used on more than one million acres of farmland in 2021.

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About Pivot Bio:

At Pivot Bio, we believe in meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. Our unparalleled understanding of the crop microbiome will help create a future with cleaner water and cleaner air. We are committed to providing farmers with solutions that allow them to grow high-quality, environmentally friendly and sustainability-driven crops that help feed families around the world. For more information, visit www.pivotbio.com and follow @pivotbio on Twitter.

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Tracy Willits
Pivot Bio
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