AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation and leader in vertical farming, today announced that Gary M. Cohen has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. In his role as CRO, Mr. Cohen will lead farm development and business growth initiatives including the commercialization of new product categories.
Among his responsibilities, Mr. Cohen will lead commercialization planning around the new multi-year blueberry and caneberry partnership with Hortifrut S.A., a certified B Corporation in Chile and a global business leader in berries. AeroFarms utilizes a data science-driven platform approach to optimize quality and reduce costs. Having grown over 50 different types of berries to date, AeroFarms has developed methods of growing berries with a higher sweetness than industry averages.
“AeroFarms aims to transform agriculture through sustainably grown and nutritious pesticide-free food. These capabilities will drive positive economic, social and environmental impact in the years to come,” said Cohen. “AeroFarms is a force for good – I’m inspired by its mission and look forward to contributing to our global growth and expansion into new product categories.”
Mr. Cohen joins AeroFarms after 37 years at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a medical technology company where he served as a member of the BD Executive Leadership Team and a Corporate Officer since 1996. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President for Global Health and President of the BD Foundation, where he leveraged the skills, efficiency and innovation competencies of the business sector to collaborate with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations to strengthen health systems and tackle some of the world’s most challenging health needs and problems, in areas such as safe childhood immunization, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and maternal and newborn health.
Mr. Cohen also serves as a board director of UNICEF USA, board Co-Chair of GBCHealth and Chair of the Corporate/CDC Roundtable on Global Health Threats. He is the founder of several social enterprises, such as Together for Girls, a partnership of UN agencies, the governments of the U.S. and Canada, and the national governments of 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America and the Caribbean to end sexual violence against children. He also founded the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition to combat the massive threat of “superbugs” resistant to antibiotics and other commonly used medications, and the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation to educate business school students on how to embed positive social impact into their leadership agendas and strategies.