Mark Wong
Chief Executive Officer, S&W Seed Company

Mr. Wong was elected to the Board in December 2014. In June 2017, he was appointed to serve as our President and Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness, with particular expertise in technology integration and commercialization. Mr. Wong was a founder and, since 2009, has been a partner of Colorado Financial Holdings (“CFH”), a private venture investment and investment bank that specializes in the agricultural, energy and biotechnology sectors. From January 2012 to March 2018, Mr. Wong served as Chairman of American Dairyco, Ponte Vedra, Florida, the owner and operator of dairies in Florida and Georgia, which is a venture jointly owned by CFH. Between 2008 and December 2015, he served either as Chairman of the Board or chief executive officer of Agrivida, a private company that is developing and commercializing high-performance products that incorporate novel, regulated proteins precisely engineered for specific applications in a variety of markets, including animal nutrition, bio-based fuels and chemicals and industrial enzymes. From January 2016 to February 2016, Mr. Wong served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., a publicly-traded agricultural biotechnology trait company for which he also served on the board from May 2006 until February 2016. Mr. Wong was the Chief Executive Officer of Renewable Agricultural Energy Corporation, a private ethanol production company, from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that time, was the founder and, from 1999 to 2005, chief executive officer of Emergent Genetics, an international seed biotech company that was sold to Monsanto Company in 2005. Mr. Wong founded and managed a series of other agricultural and biotechnology companies, including Big Stone Partners, Agracetus Corporation, a plant biotechnology company that was sold to Monsanto and Agrigenetics Corporation, a seed and biotechnology company that was sold to Dow Chemical. Mr. Wong also worked as an engineer for FMC Corporation and Chemical Construction Corporation. Mr. Wong served as a director of BioFuel Energy Corp., a publicly traded corn ethanol company, from January 2008 until October 2014, and Chair from March 2010 to October 2014, when it was renamed Green Brick Partners following an acquisition and recapitalization transaction. Mr. Wong received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew K. Szot
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Szot has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2010. In August 2014, he was designated our Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, after having held the title of Senior Vice President prior thereto. Mr. Szot also serves as a member of the Boards of our wholly owned subsidiaries, S&W Seed Australia Pty Ltd and S&W Australia. Mr. Szot is also currently a Director and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of SenesTech, a publicly traded life science company with next generation technologies for managing animal pest populations through fertility control. Mr. Szot is also currently a Director and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of INVO Bioscience, a publicly traded medical device company focused on treating infertility. From June 2018 to August 2019, Mr. Szot served on the board of directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Eastside Distilling, Inc., a publicly traded company in the craft spirits industry. From February 2007 until October 2011, Mr. Szot served as the Chief Financial Officer for Cardiff Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting company that provided executive financial services to various publicly traded and privately held companies. From 2003 to December 2006, Mr. Szot served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Rip Curl, Inc., a market leader in wetsuit and action sports apparel products. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Szot was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG and served as an Audit Manager for various publicly traded companies. Mr. Szot received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics/Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.

David Callachor
Executive Vice President, International

Mr. Callachor has served as our Executive Vice President, International since October 2018, and previously served as our Commercial Manager, Hybrid Crops since joining us in January 2018. Mr. Callachor is a senior agribusiness executive with over 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry, including extensive international experience in hybrid seeds, traits and new technologies. From May 2015 to January 2018, Mr. Callachor served Limagrain as its Group Sales Manager for South East Asia, where he was responsible for all commercial activities in field crops in South East Asia, established a joint venture business in Indonesia, managed sales and marketing staff in Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, and established product registrations in South America and Africa. Mr. Callachor served as Regional Manager at Sacoa from February 2014 and April 2015, where he was responsible for all commercial operations for Northern Australia primarily for field crops and cotton. Mr. Callachor worked as a consultant for The Grains Research and Development Corporation, a statutory corporation in Australia and one of the world’s leading grains research organizations. From January 2012 to December 2013, he also served as National Farm Services Manager for Landmark, an Agrium Company, in Australia, where he managed all technology and service offerings in the field for the Landmark farm services business, a major farm input supplier in Australian agriculture. Mr. Callachor held various positions with Advanta International, a global seed company, between 2004 and 2009.

Donald M. Panter, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Americas

Mr. Panter has served as our Executive Vice President, Americas since October 2018. Mr. Panter has more than 20 years of experience as an agribusiness executive, with time spent in both start-up and turn-around business situations and expertise in such areas as product/project development, global business, strategic planning and technology evaluation. From March 2018 until his appoint as our Executive Vice President, Americas in October 2018, Mr. Panter worked as an independent consultant to us. From November 2012 to March 2018, Mr. Panter served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American DairyCo, a privately held, U.S.-based commercial dairy company consisting of approximately 10,000 dairy cows and agricultural operations across 5,000 acres in across the South and Southeastern U.S., where he managed all business operations and reported to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Panter has also previously served in leadership positions at several seed and biotechnology companies, including Stoneville Pedigreed Seed, Emergent Genetics, Harris Moran Seed Company and Mendel BioEnergy Seeds. Mr. Panter earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, and B.S. in Plant and Soil Science, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dennis Jury
Senior Vice President, International Production and Supply Chain

Mr. Jury is a veteran of the agricultural industry, having worked for ICI Crop Care, Schering Ag, and South Australian Seedgrowers Cooperative (later ‘Seedco,’ then subsequently known as ‘SeedMark’) in various roles including territory sales, territory manager and product and market development manager, before joining Seed Genetics International in August 2003 as General Manager. He was appointed Managing Director of Seed Genetics International in July 2009. Mr. Jury studied Agricultural Science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute in Urbrae, South Australia with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, and received his MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Steve Calhoun
Vice President for Research & Development

Dr. Calhoun has over 30 years of experience in plant breeding and variety development, and in management of R&D. He grew up in West Texas but has practiced his craft in Mexico, Brazil, India, Australia, Europe and elsewhere. Following a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Mias y Trigo (CIMMYT) in Mexico, he worked on faculty as a cotton breeder for Louisiana State University (5 years) and Mississippi State University (5 years). In 1997, he moved back to Texas to open a cotton breeding program for Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company. Through various acquisition of the cotton program, he has worked for Monsanto, Emergent Genetics, Bayer and BASF. He participated in commercial launch of GM cotton traits including BXN, Round Up Ready, Round Up Ready Flex, Bollgard, Glytol, Liberty Link, and TwinLink, and released FM 2010GT, for a time the mostly widely grown cotton variety in the US. Over the last 10 years, he has migrated from managing a breeding program to managing breeders. Prior to joining S&W, he was Global Head of Resource Management for BASF seed division. His mission was to make life as easy, efficient and productive as possible for plant breeders and other scientists across the company.

He carries this mission with him to S&W. He is very excited to be applying the principles he has learned to a new set of crops and to be working with an energizing group of smart, motivated scientists in a company small enough to be nimble but large enough to make a difference to the farmers we serve.

Mike Eade
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Americas

Mr. Eade has over 30 years of experience in various sales, marketing, and operations management roles. He began his career at the University of Illinois as an extension advisor for 6 years leading adult and youth ag education. After this work in the public sector he began his ag industry career with American Cyanamid. He has led sales and marketing teams in seed with DuPont Pioneer, ag chem with American Cyanamid and Aventis, and animal health with Merial. During his career, he has been involved with launches and market development of market leading brands as Pioneer seed, Scepter, Pursuit, Balance, Regent, Frontline, Heartgard, and Arsenal in these various sectors. In each of these roles. He has been involved in various levels of change that has involved close alliance with channel management and reorganizing and aligning the sales organization to align with business purposes. Mr. Eade has been involved in implementing strategic Go To Market plans throughout his career. Mr. Eade grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois and still is involved in the dairy industry. He is a past member of the Illinois and American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He also served for 6 years as a board member of the National FFA Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Christine Hatcher
Vice President of Finance

Ms. Hatcher has served in multiple senior finance capacities since December 2014, most recently Director of Finance. Ms. Hatcher is responsible for the Company’s financial reporting, planning and analysis, IT and ERP system administration and optimization functions. Ms. Hatcher brings a breadth of knowledge in financial planning and analysis, SEC reporting and compliance, ERP system implementations and process reengineering. Prior to joining S&W, Ms. Hatcher served as the Director of Finance and previously Assistant Controller for Agilysys, Inc, a proprietary software company tailored to the Hospitality industry, where she was responsible for the corporate accounting and SEC reporting functions. Ms. Hatcher then assumed the Director of Finance role and was the program manager leading the company’s ERP and Professional Services Project Management software implementations. Prior to Agilysys, Ms. Hatcher served as the Director of Finance and Controller for Cardiff Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting company that provided executive financial services to various publicly traded and private companies. Prior to Cardiff Partners, LLC, Ms. Hatcher held various Finance and Accounting positions with Sealy, Inc., and Volvo Powertrain, a division of AB Volvo.

Kirk Rolfs
Vice President, Production and Supply Chain for the Americas

Mr. Rolfs began his career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. at the alfalfa research station in Connell, WA. In 1988, he accepted an Agronomist position with Pioneer Hi-Bred in Fresno, CA managing non-dormant alfalfa seed production in the San Joaquin Valley region of California. In 1992, he was promoted to Senior Agronomist and over the following 10 years took on additional roles for the product line of Quality Supply Logistics, worldwide distribution planning, as well as Supply and Demand Planning. In 2013, Mr. Rolfs was promoted to Production Location Manager of the Nampa, ID production location. While working for Pioneer Hi-Bred, Mr. Rolfs was a part of the team that harmonized ISO9000 documentation for the entire company. This team went on to win the Owen J. Newlin Business Excellence Award. In addition, he is a certified Six Sigma green belt, and certified LEAN practitioner. He has served on several industry organizations including the CA Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board in California for over 19 years, and the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) for over 8 years. Mr. Rolfs received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University.

Ernst Topitschnig
European Vice President of Sales

Ernst Topitschnig is a senior agribusiness executive with over 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry, including extensive international experience in hybrid seeds and traits. Topitschnig has worked with several global seed companies including Pioneer Hi-Bred Inc., KWS Central and Eastern Europe and Nuseed Europe as Managing Director. He also has worked with various companies in Argentina and in China. He has focused primarily on the hybrid markets in RussiaUkraine and Europe, with an emphasis on sunflower, maize and sorghum. Topitschnig will be based in Austria.

Andrea McFarlane
Global Director Human Resources

Ms. McFarlane joined S&W Seed Company in November 2019 as Global Director of Human Resources. Andrea comes with over 20 years of progressive experience in human resources management. She started her HR career in Ontario, Canada before moving to Colorado in 1998. She has diverse industry experience, including manufacturing/ operations, warehouse/distribution, mergers and acquisitions, privately held and private equity environments.