RedSea has announced the appointment of Larkin Martin and Steve Dauphin to its Board of Directors. Both bring vast experience and expertise in agriculture and venture capital investment. These new appointments will enhance RedSea’s mission to deliver sustainable agriculture technologies for hot climates and help accelerate the company’s growth and expansion. The announcement follows recent C-Level additions to the company’s leadership team.
RedSea Farms, a sustainable AgTech business based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has recently announced two senior appointments to its Board of Directors: Larkin Martin and Steve Dauphin. The company’s pioneering technology enables commercial farming in hot climates globally and has a growing portfolio of high-profile partnerships. RedSea aims to become a world leader in providing sustainable technologies for hot climates, pioneering sustainable solutions to tackle food insecurity.
Larkin Martin is a seventh-generation farmer who manages Martin Farm in Alabama and is Vice President of The Albemarle Corporation. She has held these positions since 1990 and has vast experience in agriculture. Martin also holds Directorial positions at the Soil Health Institute, NYSE-listed Rayonier Inc., a timberland REIT, and Truxton Trust – a private bank. She is Chairman of Servico, a cotton ginning and agricultural services business, and a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and The Cotton Board.
Steve Dauphin is a Founding Partner of Bonaventure Capital and has over 25 years of venture capital investment experience. For the last decade, he and the team at Bonaventure have focused on backing value-driven teams on a mission to solve historically intractable problems. The firm has invested in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Central America, Peru, Kenya, Sweden, Spain, the UAE, and the Caribbean.
RedSea’s platform of proprietary technologies spans from the crops’ roots to the roofs of their greenhouses, including resilient plant science and genetics, sustainable active and passive cooling systems, greenhouse roofs that allow visible light through while absorbing the heat, and a data enterprise remote monitoring and control system. The company’s technologies are used by growers in seven countries globally. They are also used at RedSea’s facilities enabling high-quality produce delivered to major national retailers across Saudi Arabia under the Red Sea Farms brand.
The recent appointments of Martin and Dauphin are further evidence of RedSea’s growth and ambition. They follow the recent C-Level additions of Bruno de Oliveria as Chief Agricultural Officer and Branko Lovic as Chief Plant Science Officer. RedSea’s CEO, Ryan Lefers, expressed his enthusiasm about the new appointments, stating that their experience in agriculture will be invaluable and will help RedSea with its next stage of growth and expansion.
RedSea’s goal is to help feed over 10 billion people by designing, developing, and delivering the world’s most advanced sustainable hot climate AgTech platform. Their technologies are accessible and scalable, allowing local communities and commercial growers to increase yield and produce better quality, locally grown, and highly nutritious food. RedSea is providing technologies to help sustainably feed guests at The Red Sea Project and has partnered with Silal in the UAE to deploy new technologies for sustainable desert farming.
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