AgriNovus Indiana hires farm equipment CEO, tech vet to lead organization

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AgriNovus Indiana, an agbioscience initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, on Wednesday announced it has hired Mitch Frazier as its CEO.

Frazier replaces Beth Bechdol, who left in December to become deputy director general of The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Mitch Frazier

Prior to joining AgriNovus Indiana, Frazier served as CEO of regional John Deere retailer Reynolds Farm Equipment. Before that, he was vice president of marketing at sales-software company TinderBox and vice president of marketing and investor relations officer at ExactTarget, which was acquired by Salesforce. Frazier also previously led media relations for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

“Mitch’s experience in both agricultural and technology organizations is a perfect combination for this role,” David Johnson, president and CEO of CICP, said in a statement. “His collaborative nature and passion for the industry will enable him to cultivate new alliances, connect with people and modernize the perception of the agbiosciences.”

“Indiana is an epicenter for innovation in agriculture and technology,” Frazier said in a statement. “The board of directors and team at AgriNovus represent the best of Indiana, and I am confident that together we will build upon the organization’s success and advance this critical sector of our economy.”

Frazier holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from Upper Iowa University.

He serves on the Central Indiana Regional Development Authority, the City of Westfield Redevelopment Authority and on the Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent’s Council. He is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series.

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