GreenLight Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing RNA-based products for agricultural and pharmaceutical applications, announced that Mick Messman has joined the company as Chief Commercial Officer. Messman has over 20 years of global agricultural sales, marketing, business development and operations experience. Prior to joining GreenLight, he spent the last 5 years building and leading the seed-applied and biologicals crop protection business at Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont.
“Mick brings global leadership experience building successful commercial teams in agricultural companies,” says Andrey J. Zarur, President and Chief Executive Officer of GreenLight. “He is joining GreenLight at a critical juncture as we continue to advance our pipeline of RNA-based crop protection products. Mick’s expertise and experience in forming partnerships and successfully commercializing crop protection products in agriculture will solidify our strategies to make our highly effective and specific, environmentally friendly crop protection products available to farmers and growers as soon as possible.”
“Farmers, growers and the value chain are looking for greener crop protection products. The team at GreenLight has demonstrated a great passion to advance this important new class of crop protection products,” said Messman. “I’m very pleased to join their efforts and lead the commercial strategy for GreenLight’s business and product portfolio.”
Messman has held increasingly senior marketing and commercial leadership roles in agricultural companies over his career. Most recently, as Director, Seed Applied and Biological Technologies at Corteva, where he led the efforts to create a new portfolio built through internal discovery and collaborations. He also led the US Product Marketing team for Pioneer, and was instrumental in multiple product launches. Prior to Dupont, Mick held global and U.S. commercial roles at Syngenta, where he worked in early-stage businesses and market development. Mick’s interest in agriculture stems from growing up on a family farm in Nebraska. He earned his M.B.A. at Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.