Chief Executive Officer, S&W Seed Company
Mr. Herrmann was appointed to serve as our President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2023. He previously served as President and Founder of ACUMEN LLC, a Seed Executive Consultant firm, since 2021. He is currently on the Advisory Board for EarthSence LLC, an Agricultural Robotics company based in Indianapolis, Ind. He served on the American Seed Trade Association Board from 2009 to 2020, its Executive Board from 2015 to 2020, and as Chairman in 2016/17. Mr. Herrmann also participated on the NCGA Advisory Council AIG from 2008 to 2010.
Mr. Herrmann has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of the seed industry. Most recently serving as the CEO for AgReliant Genetics LLC, from 2016 to 2020. Headquartered in Westfield, Ind. AgReliant Genetics LLC is an innovative seed company committed to delivering high-quality seed, providing exceptional service and creating consistent customer value. Created in 2000 as a joint venture between the international seed groups KWS and Limagrain, AgReliant Genetics is ranked as one of the largest field seed companies in North America. AgReliant Genetics markets corn, soybean, sorghum and alfalfa seed through three brands: AgriGold®, LG Seeds®, PRIDE Seeds®.
Before AgReliant Genetics, Mr. Herrmann spent 15 years with Monsanto in numerous roles including; Vice President North America Vegetable Seed based in Oxnard CA from 2011 to 2016, Vice President Technology Development and Licensing from 2009 to 2011, President of Corn States LLC from 2005 to 2009, Director Eastern US from 2003 to 2005 and Director Monsanto US Seed and Trait Business from 1999 to 2003, based in St Louis MO. Mr. Herrmann joined Monsanto through the acquisition of DEKALB Genetics Corporation in 1998, where he started in the seed business in 1984 as a Sales Manager and over his time with DEKALB Genetics had the opportunity to provide leadership in various roles and geographies across Sales, Marketing and Product Management. He was born and raised in Northern Illinois and holds a BS in Agronomy from Western Illinois University. Mark and his wife Rebecca live in the Indianapolis, Ind., area and have two children: a daughter, Tate; and a son, Peyton.