Board of Directors
Nick Adamchak has been the Managing Director of Ameropa North America, Inc. since its inception in 2003. He began his career in 1983 with International Raw Materials Limited located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has held various sales and management positions in the fertilizer industry including positions of increasing responsibility with Continental Grain and Transammonia, Inc. Mr. Adamchak is also on the Board of Directors for The Fertilizer Industry (TFI) and The Fertilizer Industry Roundtable. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Saint Joseph’s University.
Jean Baptiste Oldenhove
Jean Baptiste Oldenhove is the Managing Director of Manor Investment SA in Luxembourg as well as a Principal at Treïs Partners LLP in London. Previously at Bain and Company, he gained experience as a strategic and operational advisory to private equity, business services, industrial and financial services in different geographies. He also has a background in engineering and research. Mr. Oldenhove is a Belgian citizen and splits his time between Luxembourg and London. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Morten Sigval Bergesen is the CEO of Havfonn AS, the Bergesen family’s investment company. The company seeks industrial value creation through active participation in and long-term ownership of the companies in which it invests. Mr. Bergesen is currently the chairman of Bergehus Holding AS, and holds board seats in Arendal Fossekompani, Sonans AS, Cogen AS, Havfonn AS, and Selvaag Pluss Eiendom AS. He has previously held board seats in Grieg Cod farming AS, Jøtul AS, Venturie AS, and Mapaid AS. Formerly with Econ, Centre for Economic Analysis in Norway, he focused on logistics, trademark, value chain optimizations, industrial development, trade policies and innovation. Mr. Bergesen holds a Master of Science in Economics from the BI Norwegian School of Management.
Rudolf von Plettenberg
Rudolf von Plettenberg, as Head of Premium Products and Development with EuroChem Group AG, leads efforts to develop and commercialize innovative crop fertility and crop nutrition products. Mr. Plettenberg has more than 20 years of agribusiness experience including business management, marketing, and product management roles with EuroChem Agro, K&S Nitrogen GmbH, fertiva GmbH, and BASF..
Svétoslav Valkov is Director of Fertilizers at SNC-Lavalin in Brussels, Belgium, where he specializes in business development, design, and engineering of fertilizer plants and products. He has more than 18 years' experience in the prospecting and promotion of engineering activities for the development of new commodity and value-added fertilizers, with a dual emphasis on the processes of equipment design and fertilizer development. Mr. Valkov holds a Master of Processes degree from the National College of Technical Engineering and a chemical engineering degree from Institut Polytechnique.
Frederic de Stexhe
Frederic de Stexhe is a Principal at Manor Investment in London. Previously a Partner at Greencoat Capital and a Manager at BP Alternative Energy Ventures, he gained experience as a growth capital and technology investor in cleantech and renewable energy. He has also an entrepreneurial background as co-founder of a technology start-up in biomass gasification. Mr. de Stexhe is a Belgian citizen. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master in Business Engineering from the Louvain School of Management.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Helash joined Agrinos in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. With more than 27 years of experience in the agricultural crop input industry, his background includes sales, marketing, supply chain and a variety of senior management roles with Agrium’s retail and wholesale business units. Mr. Helash has worked with most of the major agricultural markets around the world, including Canada, the United States and Argentina. He has served on the Board of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) as well as CropLife Canada. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba.
Chief Financial Officer
John Janczak joined Agrinos as CFO in 2014 and offers extensive financial expertise and leadership. Most recently, Mr. Janczak was the CFO and President of Falcon Steel Company. He’s also held key financial management positions at Cardinal Health, Inc., Sears Holdings and MMD Holdings, Inc. Mr. Janczak has a degree in finance from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Douglas Ry Wagner
Advisor to the CEO & to the Board
Douglas Ry Wagner joined Agrinos in 2013 from Dow AgroSciences, where he was Global New Ventures and Technology Leader. Before joining Dow he spent 16 years in research and 10 years leading technology-driven start-up companies. Dr. Wagner spent 3 years as a researcher in the Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, in Australia before joining the University of Oregon, where he was a Professor of Biology. He then transitioned to business, as both VP Plant Genetics & Biotechnology and Head of Exelixis Plant Sciences. Dr. Wagner received a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics from the University of Washington.
John Eustermann joined Agrinos in 2016 as General Counsel, bringing with him extensive legal experience with both established firms and startup companies. Previously, he held positions as General Counsel and Corporate Compliance and Ethics Officer at NuScale Power, LLC, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Harvest Power, Inc. and Partner in Business Services and Energy Practice Groups at Stoel Rives, LLP. Mr. Eustermann holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Seattle University School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame.