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Technical leadership team expanded with several new hires

Plenty has added new people to its Technical Leadership Team. The team is helping to lead all technical aspects of Plenty’s new Compton facility.

Additions to the team include Jessica McKinley as vice president of product management, Matt McMahon as senior director of technical program management and Roberto Medina as senior director of manufacturing engineering.

Nate Storey, co-founder and CSO at Plenty said: “We are delighted to welcome these key members of our technical leadership team and to tap into their extensive experience. As we expand our farm operations and work to bring new farms online, Jessica, Matt and Roberto will be critical in ensuring strong collaboration and success between our engineering, construction and plant science teams.” 

“Plenty is getting ready to open our Compton indoor vertical farm, the likes of which has never been done or seen before,” said Jessica McKinley. “We are proud to be in Compton with its deep agricultural roots, and I look forward to working with the company as we bring their vision to improve access to healthy, nutritious food around the world into reality.”

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In her role as VP of product management, McKinley oversees the Technical Product Management (TPM) and Farm Architecture teams at Plenty. She brings over 14 years of experience to the team, most recently serving as VP of product at Zymergen for the personal care portfolio. Prior to that, she served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and senior scientist and product development director at Solidus Biosciences. 

Matt McMahon will lead the deployment of Plenty’s farms, overseeing all elements of site planning, design and construction. A global expert of 30 years in end-to-end large-scale planning, design and construction, McMahon previously managed the Global Plan of Record (gPOR) at Google, responsible for the planning, design and construction of the company’s fleet-wide data center buildings.  

Roberto Medina will oversee the design and management of production lines within Plenty farms, ensuring Plenty’s engineering systems and standards are manufactured to the highest level of quality and efficiency. Medina brings extensive expertise in supply chain and manufacturing operations management, working with consumer packaging and global food and beverage companies such as Heinz Glas, Anheuser-Busch and Coors.   

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