Board of Directors
Commercial, organizational and financial expertise.
Kevin Comcowich is chair of Arcadia’s board of directors and has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Comcowich brings extensive business and financial leadership experience and a proven track record of success in investment management and global capital market strategies. He most recently served as the chief executive officer and portfolio manager of HTX Energy Fund in Houston, Texas. He was previously the president and chief investment officer (CIO) of Sound Energy Partners and served as CIO and research analyst for Southport Energy Plus Partners fund. Mr. Comcowich received his MBA from the University of Indiana and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. joined the board of directors in May 2018. He most recently served as the executive vice president, chief technology and operations officer of ConAgra Foods, a leading consumer products food company, where he directed the development and execution of multiple product innovations. Prior to ConAgra, Dr. Bolles was the vice president of worldwide research and development for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods and the research and development director for Gerber Foods. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in food science and a bachelors’ degree in microbiology. Dr. Bolles holds several patents and has won numerous awards for his contributions to food science, the industry and academics. He currently serves as a director for Landec Corporation.
Raj Ketkar became a member of the board of directors in June 2016, after joining the company as president and chief executive officer in May 2016. He brings nearly 35 years of agriculture and agricultural biotechnology business experience in the U.S. and internationally, including more than 30 years in a variety of business, operations, and strategy roles for Monsanto Company. His positions included managing director of the Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech joint venture in India and director of biotechnology strategy. Mr. Ketkar holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of New Orleans.
Eric J. Rey joined the board of directors in June 2017. He is one of the founders of Arcadia Biosciences and served as president and CEO, as well as a director, until 2016. Prior to founding Arcadia, Mr. Rey was a partner with Rockridge Group, a management consulting firm for early-stage companies developing genomic, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, crop protection, animal nutrition and health, alternative crop and industrial products. He previously served as vice president of operations with Calgene, Inc., including two years with Monsanto Company following its acquisition of Calgene. Mr. Rey has a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the University of California, Davis. He currently serves as a director for Phytelligence, Inc. and Texas Crop Science, LLC.
Lilian Shackelford Murray joined the board of directors in June 2018 and previously served as an observer to the Arcadia board from March 2007 until May 2015. Ms. Murray is the founder and manager of Dovedale Investments and managing member of Saints Capital V. She is a former managing director and senior healthcare banker at Prudential Volpe Technology Group and its predecessor, Volpe, Brown Whelan, and held senior positions with Wheat First Securities and Dean Witter Reynolds. Ms. Murray received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Her prior board experience includes service as a director of eMedicine.com, Inc., Extended Care Information Network, Inc. and LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc.
Gregory D. Waller joined Arcadia’s board of directors in June 2017. He is the former chief financial officer (CFO) of Ulthera Corporation, a privately-held company providing ultrasound technology for aesthetic and medical applications, which was acquired by Merz North America in 2014. Previously, Mr. Waller was CFO of Universal Building Products and Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc., and vice president and treasurer of Kerr, Ormco Corporation, and Metrex. Mr. Waller has an MBA with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Fullerton. He has extensive experience serving on the boards of public companies and currently serves as a director for CHF Solutions and Endologix Corporation.
Amy Yoder joined the Arcadia board in August 2017. She is president and CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, a company that creates enhanced plant nutrition products from recycled organic waste sources. Ms. Yoder is the former president of Arysta LifeScience and has held a variety of sales, marketing and executive positions with companies throughout the agricultural and related industries, including Spectrum Brands, BioLab and United Agri Products. Ms. Yoder received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural technology and systems management from Michigan State University. She has served on boards of various agricultural associations and universities and currently serves as a director for Compass Minerals International.