INCOTEC, Inc., a worldwide leader in coatings and seed technology serving the vegetable, ornamental and agronomic seed industries, announced the promotion of David A. Pickenpaugh to chief operating officer, INCOTEC North America. Pickenpaugh will continue management of INCOTEC North America, along with new business development.
Resulting from this strategic move, INCOTEC announced the appointment of Mac Keely as president and general manager of its Vegetable and Ornamental Business and the promotion of Dr. Natarajan Balachander to president and general manager of INCOTEC Field Crops North America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of INCOTEC Holding N. A. based in Oxford, Ind.
Keely will be responsible for the management of all INCOTEC businesses pertaining to vegetable and ornamental products in North America. The current INCOTEC North America management team will report to him. Keely is a 15-year veteran of the food and agribusiness industry, having worked in production, sales, marketing, supply chain, product development and general management positions at Sierra Hills Packing, JH Biotech, Prodigene, and most recently organicgirl/NewStar Fresh Foods.
Pickenpaugh states, "We are excited to bring Mac into our business at this time. INCOTEC is perfectly positioned to bring exciting seed technology solutions to market, and Mac brings the perfect mix of experience, perspective, and energy to help our partners and customers capitalize on them." Keely received his B.S. from California Polytechnic State University and his MBA from Texas A&M University.
Balachander is responsible for the operations of INCOTEC Field Crops North America and will continue to focus his efforts on strengthening INCOTEC's growing presence in the agronomic market, meeting the demand for new value-added technologies for seed, and serving customers better by bringing new, innovative products rapidly to the market. Balachander has close to two decades of experience in the seed industry, developing and commercializing new polymer and seed enhancement technologies for the agronomic market. He has a doctorate in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and was previously employed at Landec Ag for 17 years prior to its acquisition by INCOTEC in June 2012.