Indianapolis-based startup IntelinAir Inc. has named former Dow AgroSciences chief executive Tim Hassinger as its new president, CEO and board chairman to succeed company co-founder Al Eisaian, the company announced Tuesday morning.
The changes are set to take effect Jan. 3. Eisaian will remain a member of IntelinAir’s board of directors.
IntelinAir offers technology that analyzes photos, temperature data and other information to help farmers better understand and manage their crops. Eisaian, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded the company in 2015 with Naira Hovakimyan, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The company was founded in Los Angeles and moved its headquarters to the north side of Indianapolis in August. It has about 80 employees, including a dozen or so in Indianapolis, with others elsewhere in the United States as well as Canada and Armenia.
During the 2021 growing season, IntelinAir technology was used to monitor nearly 5 million acres of corn and soybean farmland in Indiana and Illinois. The company expects to double that acreage next year.
“I am extremely pleased to have Tim assume leadership of our growing ag-tech company,” Eisaian said in a written statement. “Tim brings more than three decades of agricultural industry experience and a proven track record in leading global agricultural businesses—accelerating innovation and growth.”
Hassinger joined Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC in 1984. He was president and CEO of the company from 2014 until mid-2017, leaving amid parent company Dow Chemical Co.’s merger with DuPont Co. The Dow Agro operations were spun off as part of that merger and are now part of Corteva Agriscience.
After leaving Dow Agro, Hassinger became president and CEO at Lindsay Corp., an Omaha, Nebraska-based manufacturer of farm equipment. He left Lindsay at the end of last year and has been working as a consultant for the company under a contract that expires at the end of this month.
He joined IntelinAir’s board of directors in March.
Hassinger said his leadership experience at large agriculture companies will be useful to IntelinAir as the company grows.
“We’re moving into the scale-up stage of the business,” Hassinger said. “We felt that now would be a good time for this (leadership) change to occur.”