Sydney / San Francisco, 19 September 2022 - The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd (“The Yield”) today announced Californian-based horticultural expert, Ryan Bolduan, as the company’s new Chief Product Officer in a key hire for the US and as part of the Global Senior Leadership Team.
The newly created role will be responsible for helping to establish and scale The Yield in North American markets and driving product development.
Bolduan is a highly experienced and awarded executive in the North American fresh produce industry. He joins The Yield from his previous role as Director of Enterprise Planning Solutions at Driscoll’s, a global market leader in fresh berries, where he has worked since 2009.
In his early career Bolduan worked in genetics research and in R&D with nursery production. He also worked in operations, including as District Manager in one of Driscoll’s largest production areas in Baja (Mexico) working extensively with contract growers. More recently, Bolduan led a range of commercial transformation projects for Driscoll’s including the introduction of substrate production into the raspberry category, re-engineering strawberry pack out systems and as a leader in digital transformation implementing integrated business planning software and analytics.
Ros Harvey, Founder and CEO of The Yield, is delighted that Bolduan is joining the team.
“Ryan has deep industry experience and brings a unique of set of skills to the business. The value of our solutions comes from putting data to work along our customer’s value chain - linking genetics with on farm practices and post-farm gate commercial operations.
“Ryan deeply understands the commercial value of digital transformation and has a wealth of experience across the value chain in horticulture. His knowledge will help strengthen our entry into the North American market and guide our product development roadmap to keep it laser-focused on creating value for our customers,” Harvey said.
Bolduan is a qualified Plant Protection Science (Fruit Science) graduate from California Polytechnic State University and a licensed Californian Pest Control Advisor. He also worked as a researcher at the prestigious Stanford University on a National Science Foundation research grant in plant genetics and biotechnology.
Bolduan is excited about his move to data and analytics company, The Yield.
“I am eager to lend my technical skills and commercial experience to this fast-growing company and to further developing their solutions for the North American market,” Bolduan said.
“I immediately saw the value in The Yield’s Digital Playbooks which combine customers’ know-how and The Yield’s analytics to deliver accurate growing practice recommendations which match crop genetics.
“I especially appreciate how the crop recommendations and yield predictions automatically adjust for local weather across a customer’s diverse growing base. This platform technology will make a significant difference to improving growing practices, maximising yields and optimising the value chain for input providers, marketers and distributors. It is a solution that can add significant value to customers along the supply chain,” he said.
With offices in Australia and on the West Coast of the US, The Yield is a highly awarded agricultural technology company on a mission to transform food and farming practices with scalable digital technology. It uses real time data and AI to improve the profitability and sustainability of its large enterprise customers. The Yield works with some of largest global agrifood enterprises in intensive irrigated crops.
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Marketing Communications Manager, The Yield Technology Solutions
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