RAGT Seeds appoints new managing director

RAGT Seeds is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Bennett as managing director, effective from 1 April 2021.

Mr Bennett is a respected and trusted individual with extensive experience in the UK seed industry, having held roles with Openfield Agriculture Limited, CPB Twyford and Dalgety.

Most recently he has been head of Seeds at Openfield Agriculture Limited, a position he has held since May 2010.

Current managing director of RAGT Seeds, Simon Howell, said: “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Lee’s calibre and experience to lead the UK business.

“RAGT Seeds has an excellent multi-species portfolio and, with the addition of Lee’s support and leadership within the existing team, we anticipate a bright future for the business and our key partners.

“With the appointment of Lee, the board is confident that we have the balance of skills, experience and leadership qualities necessary to identify additional growth opportunities along with advancing the traditional opportunities within the company.

“We look forward to Lee’s contribution to the company’s development in what will be an exciting new phase for RAGT Seeds.”

Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

Mr Bennett said: “I am very much looking forward to the challenge of heading up RAGT Seeds’ UK business.

“Having worked closely with the company for the past 13 years, I know that it employs some of the best people in the sector who share a passion for making the most of the opportunities that lie ahead in the plant breeding arena.

“I am confident that together we will build on the increasing success that RAGT Seeds has enjoyed over the past decade, delivering ground-breaking new varieties across a range of species that will benefit our growers, our seed industry partners and end-user customers.”

 

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