Our experienced management team has a proven track record and unique combination of international industry expertise and local market knowledge. In addition to generating organic growth, the team has demonstrated its ability to successfully identify, acquire and integrate complementary businesses. Spearhead is committed to best in class corporate governance, exceeding the requirements for a private company of its size. The Company’s Board of Directors comprises executive and a majority of non-executive Directors with a non-executive Chairman. In addition, the Company operates an Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Formerly Managing Partner of BDO Binder in Warsaw. He joined the board of Farmwealth in 1998 and the board of Spearhead International in 2001. He was Chief Executive of Top Farms Group and Chief Operating Officer of the Central European region until 2016 when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Spearhead. He was a lecturer at the Poznan Agricultural Faculty, and attended the Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School, University of Navarra.
Formerly the Finance Director of Produce Investments PLC. Previously he had worked for Dal Group, a privately owned agri-food conglomerate in Sub Saharan East Africa, and had also held a number of senior leadership roles within Kraft, including Director M&A Europe, and Wrigley based in Munich at their EMEAI HQ where he held senior finance leadership roles covering key international markets and EMEAI manufacturing.
Formerly Executive Director, Central Procurement, of KGHM S.A., and Director, Global Logistics and Procurement Operations at Valmet Automotive. He held various senior managerial positions in mining, automotive and packaging industries, working for international companies in Poland, South Africa, Germany, Finland and Austria. He holds an Executive MBA from University of Illinois. He joined Spearhead in 2018.
Dr John Atkin
Dr David Buckeridge
Dr Justin Kern
Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Swiss agricultural chemicals group Syngenta. Previously he served as CEO of Novartis Crop Protection and general manager of Sandoz Agro France and Northern Europe. He is an Operating Director of Paine Schwartz Partners. Appointed Non-Executive Chairman in 2015.
Chairman and a founding Partner of Paine Schwartz Partners. He has over 25 years of investment experience in the food and agribusiness sectors. Joined the Board in 2015.
Dr Buckeridge has more than 25 years of management experience in the life science and agribusiness industries. He was previously CEO of Advanta, the largest independent agronomic seed business in the world at the time. He is a Partner at Paine Schwartz Partners and joined the Board in 2015.
Formerly with McKinsey & Company, specialising within the agriculture and life sciences sectors. Prior to joining McKinsey, Dr Kern spent three years as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University. He is a Principal of Paine Schwartz Partners and joined the Board in 2017.
Formerly CEO of Spearhead International and Greens of Soham, he was previously general manager of G’s Marketing. He joined the Board of Farmwealth in 1999 and Spearhead International (formerly Greens of Soham) in 1993. He was CEO between 2002 and 2016.
Peter spent 25 years at Cargill, an agriculture food company with $115 billion revenue, 155,000 employees, and operations in 70 countries, where most recently he was Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development. He has chaired the boards of Ardent Mills, North Star BlueScope Steel and NatureWorks. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Citrofrut S.A., Mexico’s largest juice producer. He is an Operating Director of Paine Schwartz Partners. Appointed a Non-Executive Director of Spearhead in 2019.