Sacramento, CA (August 7, 2018) - S&W Seed Company announced the hiring of Nicholas Willey to the position of Sales Technology Lead. Willey will interface with S&W’s sorghum, sunflower and alfalfa breeding teams, participate in “on-farm” performance testing of the company’s seed products, and aggregate and package pertinent research data to assist the company’s sales team to more effectively and efficiently sell S&W’s products worldwide.
Since 2010, Willey has been employed by Dow AgroSciences, a leading multinational company delivering breakthrough and sustainable solutions to the agricultural industry. Most recently, Willey served in the position of Wheat Breeder; tasked with designing, implementing and executing breeding and selection plans to deliver high yielding, disease resistant wheat varieties.
Prior to that, Willey was a Development Biologist at Dow AgroSciences, executing accurate and cost-effective agro-chemical field trials supporting product registrations and launch. From 2007 to 2009 Willey was Field Operations Manager for Australian Grain Technologies; and from 2001 to 2007 he was Operations Manager for the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, at the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute.
Mark Wong, President and Chief Executive Officer of S&W Seed Company, says, “I am pleased to welcome Nick Willey to the S&W team. His extensive experience in breeding and in effectively managing field trials makes him uniquely qualified to serve as the bridge that connects our R&D, and our sales teams. Nick will translate our research findings and farming processes to permit our sales personnel to more effectively serve our customers and drive adoption. We look forward to Nick’s leadership and contributions in the coming years.”
Willey holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture (Research) from The University of Sydney (Australia); and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology from The University of Technology – Sydney.
Founded in 1980, S&W Seed Company is a global agricultural company headquartered in Sacramento, California. S&W’s vision is to be the world’s preferred proprietary seed company which supplies a range of forage and specialty crop products that supports the growing global demand for animal proteins and healthier consumer diets. S&W is a global leader in alfalfa seed, with significant research and development, production and distribution capabilities. S&W’s capabilities span the world’s alfalfa seed production regions, with operations in the Western United States, including the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California, Australia, and Canada, and S&W sells its seed products in more than 30 countries around the globe. S&W also provides hybrid sorghum and sunflower and is utilizing its research and breeding expertise to develop and produce stevia, the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener for the food and beverage industry. For more information, please visit www.swseedco.com.