Appointment roundup: SCHULE names new managing director, Arcadia Biosciences gets new CFO

GERMANY — F. H. SCHULE Mühlenbau GmbH, a German supplier of grain processing equipment, has appointed Marius Hermes as its new managing director.

Hermes and SCHULE have a history dating back to 2010 when he was first brought in to take charge of the North American market.

He left in 2016 only to return in 2020 and until the middle of this year, he served as a sales manager and authorized signatory.

Since September, Hermes has been responsible for the management of SCHULE Mühlenbau together with Uwe Wehrmann, managing director of Amandus Kahl, who has been in that position since 2018.

“I would like to thank my predecessor Bernd Kruse for the intensive cooperation, and I am looking forward to the new challenge in the management of SCHULE and to the close cooperation with my colleague Uwe Wehrmann,” Hermes said.

 “Together, I am sure, we will continue to build on the company’s many years of success. With our team of experienced experts, we want to continue to be the first point of contact for our customers in the specialty milling industry.

Our machines and plants stand for exceptionally high quality and reliability — values that should also be reflected in the company's manage­ment. I’m also looking forward to contributing my experience in sales and milling, as well as a wide network of contacts.

SCHULE Mühlenbau has its headquarters in Reinbek near Hamburg and works from here with its worldwide subsidiaries and representatives.

Within the KAHL Group, the company is the expert for specialty milling and builds, among other things, complete rice and oat mills as well as plants for the processing of pulses, oilseeds and special products such as bulgur, buckwheat, spelt and many more.

“Our machines and plants stand for exceptionally high quality and reliability — values that should also be reflected in the company’s manage­ment. I’m also looking forward to contributing my experience in sales and milling, as well as a wide network of contacts,” Hermes added.

Arcadia Biosciences names new CFO

Meanwhile, American agricultural biotechnology Arcadia Biosciences has promoted Thomas J. Schaefer to chief financial officer effective Jan. 23.

Schaefer will succeed Pam Haley, who is leaving the company but will remain in an advisory role to support the transition.

Schaefer holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation  and has more than 20 years of experience in investments and corporate finance and is currently vice president of finance and investor relations at Arcadia.

“TJ has played a lead role in the commercial launch of GoodWheat as well as the development of our long-term strategy known as Project Greenfield,” said Stan Jacot, chief executive officer of Arcadia.

“With his industry knowledge and solid relationships throughout the organization, he has already had a huge impact as we transitioned from ag research to consumer goods, and I welcome his leadership in building the financial organization to support our future growth.

Prior to joining Arcadia in 2020, he was director of finance at Flavor Producers, a portfolio company owned by private equity firm GTCR that specialized in beverages and snacks.

Earlier, he led teams, developed long-range strategies and helped launch new products across a variety of industries, including vitamins and apparel. He began his career as an equity research analyst and later joined a Fortune 500 company where he helped lead several acquisitions and divestitures.

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