DAVIS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2016--
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA), an agricultural technology
company, today announced the departure of president and CEO Eric Rey for
medical reasons. Roger Salameh, company officer and vice president of
business development, will serve as interim CEO as the company conducts
a search for Rey’s successor. Salameh has been an Arcadia senior manager
since 2003, serving in business development and management roles
throughout his tenure at the company.
Rey was a co-founder of Arcadia, serving as president since 2003, and
president and CEO since 2006. The company announced on January 13, 2016
that he would take a short-term leave of absence to recover from a
medical procedure to install a stent in his coronary artery. Based on
consultations with his personal medical team following the procedure,
Rey will depart from his executive position and his role as a board
director to focus his time and energy on an anticipated full recovery.
He has agreed to continue to serve as a consultant to the company
throughout the CEO search process and installation of his long-term
“Building Arcadia alongside the company’s longstanding management team
has been an accomplishment for which all of us can be proud,” said Rey.
“I have the utmost confidence in Roger’s ability to lead the company
through this important transition, and the entire management team’s
commitment and ability to execute the mission we worked together to
“The entire Arcadia team wishes Eric the very best and we are thankful
to him for his vision and leadership, which were instrumental in
creating a truly unique company with a powerful value proposition,” said
Board Chairman, Darby Shupp. “The solid team Eric assembled remains
intensely focused on meeting its business goals and creating long-term
shareholder value throughout the CEO search process and beyond.”
The company also announced that Vic Knauf, Ph.D., Arcadia’s chief
scientific officer, will replace Mark Wong on the Board of Directors.
Wong’s departure comes as a result of outside professional commitments
which have been building during his service to Arcadia.
Wong said, “I have very much enjoyed working alongside this board and
the management team, and appreciate the mission and goals it has set out
to accomplish. I have confidence that Vic will be of great value to the
Shupp noted, “Mark Wong has been a terrific asset to Arcadia. In
addition to his decade of service on the board, he stepped in to lead
the team during Eric Rey’s short-term medical leave, and we are grateful
for his efforts, especially given the time commitments required from his
other business activities. We sincerely thank him and wish him well.”
Dr. Knauf has been Arcadia’s chief scientific officer since June 2005.
He brings 30 years of experience in agricultural product and technology
development to the board. He was a founder of Anawah, Inc., a food and
agricultural research company that Arcadia acquired in 2005. Previously,
he was director of food and nutrition research for Monsanto Company and
vice president of research at Calgene Inc.
About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Based in Davis, Calif., with additional facilities in Seattle, Wash. and
Phoenix, Ariz., Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) develops agricultural
products that create added value for farmers while benefitting the
environment and enhancing human health. Arcadia’s agronomic performance
traits, including Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Water Use Efficiency,
Salinity Tolerance, Heat Tolerance and Herbicide Tolerance, are all
aimed at making agricultural production more economically efficient and
environmentally sound. Arcadia’s nutrition traits and products are aimed
at creating healthier ingredients and whole foods with lower production
costs. In 2014, the company was listed in the Global Cleantech 100 and
was previously named one of MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest
Companies. For more information, visit www.arcadiabio.com.
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