July 06, 2020

Today, we’re announcing our new CEO, Mark Johnson.

GrainBridge was founded in 2008 by three entrepreneurs with deep roots in agriculture who saw a need in the industry: farmers and buyers needed a more efficient way to do business. They knew the demand for ag technology was on the rise, and providing risk management tools would be critical to meet the industry’s needs.

The last 12 years have been an incredible journey for GrainBridge. We were purchased by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in 2015. In 2019, we became a joint venture between two of the largest agricultural companies in the world: ADM and Cargill.

GrainBridge started looking for a CEO late last year. Mark’s experience in agriculture, combined with his product and startup expertise, will help us to accelerate our mission to empower farmers to market grain with confidence.

Prior to GrainBridge, Mark co-founded and was CEO of Descartes Labs, a New Mexico-based company spun out of Los Alamos National Laboratory, focused on turning geospatial data—satellite images and weather data—into insights about the world. That’s where Mark cut his teeth in agriculture, working on diverse projects from global crop production to deforestation. Recently, Descartes Labs was featured in publications like the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the LA Times for its work on COVID-19. Mark was at the helm of Descartes Labs for 5 years, growing the team to over 100 people and raising over $60m in venture capital.

Before Descartes Labs, Mark was the CEO of Zite, a popular AI-based newsreader. He sold the company to CNN in 2011, ran it within CNN for three years, and then sold it to Flipboard in 2014. Prior to that, he held roles in product management at a number of startups and technology companies.

GrainBridge is planning on some exciting product announcements in the coming months, so give us a follow on Twitter.

Also, Mark wrote a blog post of his own, so you can hear about why he joined GrainBridge.

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