Agtech Veteran and Visionary Business Leader to Take Unfold into its Next Chapter of Growth.
In a press release, Unfold announced Sonia Lo has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. She takes over from John Purcell, who will remain with Unfold but who has stepped down from the CEO role to support his family.
Sonai Lo is a highly experienced executive who accomplished CEO roles in Sensei Ag (An agtech venture in indoor farming), Crop One Holdings, Inc. (a Vertical farming company that recently opened a new facility in Dubai following their agreement with Emirates Flight Catering), and held various leadership roles including at Google and eZoka, which she co-founded. She is also the founder of Chalsys Impact LLC – an investment vehicle focused on shortening and improving global food supply chains.
“Sonia’s wealth of experience and deep understanding of the indoor agriculture industry worldwide paired with her commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive company culture are invaluable as Unfold scales operations and expands its partnerships globally,” said Derek Norman, a member of the Unfold Board of Directors.
“In a short period, Unfold has become a trusted premium seed provider in the vertical farming industry as evidenced by its Innovation Partner Program, which includes nearly ten leading companies across four continents. I’m honored to join the company at such an important moment for both Unfold and the industry,” said Lo. “I’ve dedicated my career to scaling indoor agriculture operations with investment strategy and technology. Unfold has a unique opportunity with its industry-leading germplasm and team, to help feed the world sustainably. I look forward to working with the team and its partners to propel the business to its next chapter of growth.”
Unfold recently partnered with Sustenir to create new locally grown superfoods for supermarkets in key Asian markets as well as with Bowery Farming to create great tasting, locally produced vegetables through new seed varieties.