Boyden Executive Search

CEO of vertical farming company offers insights on leadership and the future of the fast-growing sector

CINCINNATI, May 9, 2019 Boyden, a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries, today released the latest issue of its Leadership Series, featuring an in-depth interview with Mike Zelkind, CEO of 80 Acres Farms.

In the interview, Zelkind discusses the role technology, big data and AI play in the farming and food sector, what the future holds for 80 Acres Farms, and lessons he has learned from past roles.

“Mike is a terrific leader with a strong vision for 80 Acres Farms,” said Alicen Blair, a Managing Partner of Boyden United States. “His dynamic experience at major food producers and consumer & retail companies provides a great foundation for the company to grow in the new sector of vertical farming.”

Zelkind co-founded 80 Acres Farms in 2015 and has served as CEO since its inception. Prior to this, he held executive and managerial positions at Del Monte, Sager Creek, AdvancePierre Foods, ConAgra, 99 Cents Only Stores, A.T. Kearney and General Mills.

Zelkind holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

About the Series
Boyden’s Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership, management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with heads of corporations and other key organizations across the globe to further growth and the exchange of ideas.


Katie Killip, for Boyden
T: +1 212 850-5620

Rebecca Haders, 80 Acres Farms
T: +1 513 910-9089

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