WORKING WITH
THE PLANET

Working Together for a Better Tomorrow

It takes more than just great technology to change the world. You also need a dedicated team with the experience and vision to make it happen. Anuvia’s innovative solutions are born from decades of hands-on agricultural experience in the field. Our team’s collective insight allows Anuvia technology to seamlessly work with current agricultural processes, protocols, and equipment. Working together, we can make profitable sustainability easier for any sized operation.

Our Management Team

Anuvia is well versed in organic resource processing, granular plant nutrient manufacturing and marketing, project development and finance and much more. From small farms to scalable innovations for the industry’s biggest players, our team has the critical expertise you need to grow sustainable success.

Amy Yoder

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Yoder has been in the agricultural industry for more than 20 years. She has held key roles with Arysta LifeScience, Monsanto and Spectrum Brands and served on boards with CropLife America and RISE (Responsible Industry Sound Environment). Amy is currently a board member with Compass Minerals and Vive Crop Protection. She also promotes agriculture through her directorship on the Clemson University Foundation Board and as President for the Sigma Alpha Foundation. Some of Amy’s previous roles include CEO of Arysta LifeScience North America and President of Spectrum Brands Home and Garden.

Hugh MacGillivray

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. MacGillivray has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the agricultural industry. He has worked with multi-national corporations and startups in Canada, Germany and the U.S. Prior to joining Anuvia Plant Nutrients, he was head of Marketing and Business Development for Arysta LifeScience North America and head of Arysta LifeScience Canada. Hugh has held key roles with Cargill Hybrids Seeds, Rooster.com, Hoechst/AgrEvo/Aventis and has served as a board member for CropLife Canada.

Don Warren

Vice President, Supply Chain

Mr. Warren comes from a nine-year tenure at Arysta LifeScience where he worked as head of Supply Chain for North America, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to then, he was strategic sourcing lead. Warren’s previous experience includes director positions at Reichhold and Ashland Chemical Company. He has demonstrated and proven ability to lead integrated global supply chain teams within diverse manufacturing facilities.

Kyle Renninger

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Renninger is a proven leader in finance and business analysis and has worked in the agriculture industry for 15 years. Highly-analytical and passionate for continuous improvement, he excels in bringing fact and logic to the decision-making process. Kyle is adept at developing high-performing teams and building strategic business relationships. He has worked in financial and marketing leadership roles at Arysta LifeScience Corporation, a leading global agricultural chemical company, prior to its sale to UPL. Kyle’s background also includes various cost accounting and manufacturing analysis positions for IBM.

Shawn Semones

Vice President of Research & Development

Mr. Semones’ career in agriculture R&D spans more than 20 years.  He most recently served as executive vice president of R&D and CTO for Concentric Ag. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of R&D, Regulatory, Manufacturing of Biological Products, as well as business development efforts. Previously, he worked at Novozymes Biologicals, Inc., where he helped build its BioAg R&D Application Division.

 

Mr. Semones holds a doctorate in Biology – Plant Physiology / Mycology from Virginia Tech and a MS in Biology – Plant Physiological Ecology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brett Bell

Executive VP, Account Management and Sales

Throughout Mr. Bell’s 20 years of agricultural experience, he has focused on developing and managing successful businesses and teams working in sales, marketing, strategic business planning and operations.

 

Most recently, Bell was the Chief Operating Officer for Landus Cooperative, the largest farmers owned cooperative in the state of Iowa based in Ames.  While at Landus Cooperative, he was responsible for overall operations of the grain and agronomy departments and served on the boards for three joint venture companies.

 

He has also worked as regional Agronomy/Sales/Product Line Lead for Cargill AgHorizons, Wayzata, Minn. Other career experience includes Business Development Manager,  Adayana, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; Account Specialist, Ag Partners LLC, Albert City, Iowa; and Field Sales Manager, Syngenta Seeds, Hopkins, Minn.

 

Mr. Bell holds a BS, Agricultural Systems Technology, from Iowa State University and an MBA from Purdue University.

Board of Directors

Amy Yoder

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Yoder has been in the agricultural industry for more than 20 years. She has held key roles with Arysta LifeScience, Monsanto and Spectrum Brands and served on boards with CropLife America and RISE (Responsible Industry Sound Environment). Amy is currently a board member with Compass Minerals and Vive Crop Protection. She also promotes agriculture through her directorship on the Clemson University Foundation Board and as President for the Sigma Alpha Foundation. Some of Amy’s previous roles include CEO of Arysta LifeScience North America and President of Spectrum Brands Home and Garden.

Bill Buckner

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Buckner’s career in the agricultural industry spans decades of leadership roles in prestigious commercial and non-profit organizations including, most recently the Noble Research Institute and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation where he led efforts seeking solutions to the challenges facing agriculture. 

He worked and rose through the ranks at Bayer for 18 years starting with Bayer AG in their Animal Health Business Unit in Kansas and concluded his years of service as president/ceo of Bayer CropScience and North American regional head. 

Buckner serves as CEO for Harpe Bioherbicide Solutions, a new bio-herbicide startup and has served on numerous past boards, and as current board member on the Soil Health Institute, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Trace Genomics, Inc. (Chair), Anuvia Plant Nutrients (Chair) and Microgen BioTech.  He also serves as a Strategic Board Advisor for Pontifax AgTech, a leading ag tech venture capital firm.   

A graduate of University of Missouri, Buckner now lives in Raleigh, NC and practices regenerative agriculture on his farm in  Oxford, NC.

Ben Belldegrun

Mr. Belldegrun is the managing partner and co-founder of Pontifax AgTech, a growth capital fund dedicated to food and agriculture technology. Prior to launching Pontifax AgTech, he was a co-founder and managing partner of Lodestone Natural Resources. He has also worked as a portfolio manager at Brevan Howard Asset Management concentrating on agricultural investments within the $300 million Natural Resources Fund. Mr. Belldegrun is a director of Concentric Ag and Tropic Biosciences UK LTD.

Geoffrey Duyk

Dr. Duyk is a partner of Circularis Partners, an investment firm focused on supporting technology-enabled companies that advance the circular economy, promote sustainability and enhance resource efficiency. Previously, he was managing director and partner of TPG Alternative & Renewable Technologies (ART)/TPG Biotechnology. Among Dr. Duyk’s prior work affiliations are Harvard Medical School assistant professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute assistant investigator. Dr. Duyk serves on the Board of Directors of Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS), Concentric and Regen. He is a trustee of Case Western Reserve University and a member of the Institute Board of Directors for the Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Duyk holds a Ph.D. and M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his medical and fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Lynn White

Mr. White is founder and managing director of the Twemlow Group, a consulting firm providing strategic, organizational and product development counsel to ag businesses. 

 

Mr. White’s career spans over three decades in the agriculture and chemicals sectors. His positions have included vice president, Corporate Development of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. where he was responsible for external growth initiatives and led the integration of the $4.6 billion acquisition of Terra, Inc. While at CF Industries, he served as Chairman of GrowHow UK Limited, the leading British nitrogen fertilizer producer and as a director of KEYTRADE AG, a Swiss-based fertilizer trading firm. 

 

He has served as president of John Deere Agri Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Deere & Co. where he led a new global business unit to pursue opportunities in technology-based services linked to agriculture. Prior to Deere, he was senior vice president, Corporate Development of IMC Global Inc. In addition, he has held various US and international executive positions for FMC Corporation.

 

Currently, Mr. White serves as Board member for LSB Industries, a leading US chemical manufacturer serving agriculture, industry and mining. He also serves as vice chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, California Polytechnic State University.   Mr. White is also a National Association of Directors Board Leadership Fellow.

Richard Mack

Mr. Mack is a founding executive of The Mosaic Company and has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2014 to 2018.  Prior to these positions, he served at Mosaic as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.  Mr. Mack is the founder of Streamsong Resort, a renowned destination golf resort in Central Florida owned by Mosaic.  

In addition to his board position with Anuvia where he has chaired the Audit Committee, he is also a director serving as chair of the Audit Committee of Titan Machinery, Inc. (TITN) and as a director of H.J. Baker & Bro., LLC, where he chairs its Finance Committee.

He holds a BS accounting from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Lowery

Ms. Lowery serves as Senior Advisor, ESG and Sustainable Finance at ERM: Environmental Resources Management. Her previous experience includes Managing Director, ESG and Sustainability, at TPG, LLC, where she initiated ESG strategy development and deployment across the firm, through cross-functional engagement with portfolio companies to build sustainable businesses.  In addition, Lowery spent 20 years at General Motors where she held numerous positions, including Corporate VP of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, she has served on several non-profit boards, including Chair of the World Environment Center, Chair of the InForum Center for Leadership, Keystone Center and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers.