Shenandoah Growers

New chief science officer hired

Shenandoah Growers today announced that Dr. Tessa Pocock has joined the company as Chief Science Officer (CSO), following the transition of Robert Hoffman to CSO Emeritus, effective immediately. Pocock will report to Shenandoah Growers Chief Technology Officer Ulf Jönsson and serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Pocock brings decades of experience in plant lighting and physiological research as well as indoor agricultural management to Shenandoah Growers. She has held a variety of roles in academia and in the controlled environment agriculture sector, most recently as director of lighting optimization at Plenty Unlimited Inc. Pocock holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Stress Biology and Master’s degrees in Plant Biochemistry and Biology from Western University (formerly, The University of Western Ontario).

“Tessa is widely regarded as a foremost lighting and plant biology expert. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to our proven management team of biologists, technologists, and operators,” said Shenandoah Growers President Philip Karp. “As Shenandoah Growers enters our next phase of transformational growth, Tessa will bring an invaluable perspective, expertise, and vision on plant-driven intelligent grow systems to ensure we are well-positioned to capitalize on unmet market demand for sustainable, accessible, and organic herbs and produce.”

Pocock and Shenandoah Growers Chief Technology Officer Ulf Jönsson, an agronomy and horticulture technology expert, have set ambitious research, development, and implementation agenda for Shenandoah Growers. Priorities include continuing to refine plant intelligent lighting algorithms and technology to further reduce unit costs and boost energy efficiency; commercializing new crops to reach underserved markets; and continuing to optimize and expand the company’s IP portfolio, including its proprietary closed-loop nutrient regeneration technology, which enables efficient, low-cost and organic nitrogen for plants. 

“I am excited to join Shenandoah Growers’ Executive Leadership Team at such a pivotal moment for the company,” said Pocock. “I was attracted to the company’s ‘biology first, technology to scale’ mentality, and look forward to working closely with the team to continue to optimize our indoor organic farms, world-class R&D and data-driven lighting programs; all aligned with the approach of bringing nature indoors.” The company recently announced another strategic hire, Cameron Geiger as Chief Operating Officer. Geiger brings decades of senior experience in technology and end-to-end supply chain roles to the Shenandoah Growers Executive Leadership Team.

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