Experienced and skilled leadership.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Raj Ketkar joined Arcadia 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.
Chief Financial Officer | President, Arcadia Specialty Genomics
Matthew Plavan joined Arcadia as chief financial officer in September 2016 and serves as president of Arcadia Specialty Genomics, a strategic business unit delivering innovations in cannabis. He brings more than 30 years of financial and executive leadership experience in the ag-tech, biotech, healthcare and high technology sectors. Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr. Plavan served as CEO of Cesca Therapeutics, Inc., CFO of Strion Air, Inc. and CFO of Reason, Inc. He also held executive finance positions with McKesson Corporation and audit and advisory management positions with Ernst & Young. Mr. Plavan is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Chief Commercial Officer
Sarah Reiter joined Arcadia as chief commercial officer in March 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in agriculture with a strong focus on crop protection and sustainability. Prior to joining Arcadia, Ms. Reiter was the USA country head for STK Bio-ag Technologies and global product manager for biologics for Bayer CropScience. She previously served as vice president of marketing and communications for AgraQuest and served in several positions with Syngenta USA. Ms. Reiter holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis and a master’s certificate in business administration from the Villanova School of Business.