Mike Gumina

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Square cropMike is RiceTec’s Chief Executive Officer, having assumed responsibility for the position upon joining the company in 2014. Mike has been engaged with production agriculture and the seed industry for over 35 years. Prior to joining RiceTec, he served as an executive with DuPont Pioneer, responsible for global seed production operations. Mike has played an active role in the seed industry as a member of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors, including Chairman in 2011/2012, and the International Seed Federation Board of Directors. He was appointed to a term on the USDA Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2013. Mike has also been a member of numerous nonprofit boards and advisory panels, including the Iowa State University Seed Science Center, Iowa 4H Foundation, ChildServe and, most recently, the First the Seed Foundation. Mike earned his degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University.

Ken Fearday

Executive Vice President of Business Development

KenSquare cropKen is Executive Vice President of Business Development for RiceTec. He is responsible for commercial strategies for new technologies. He has held this position since joining RiceTec in 2008. Ken has over 30 years of executive-level experience in the global agricultural seed industry, where he has worked on numerous seed crops, including rice, cotton, alfalfa, grass, soybean and corn. As Vice President of the International division of Delta and Pine, he managed the introduction of high-yielding cotton seed into several countries. Ken has served as President and a Board member of the Western Seed Association and the Field Seed Institute of North America, and chaired a division of the American Seed Trade Association. Ken earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

Jose Re

Vice President of Research and Global New Product Development Lead

Jose Re Square CropJose Re is Vice President of Research and Global New Product Development Lead for RiceTec. He began his career with the company in 2004 and has held several positions of responsibility in plant breeding for both the U.S. and South America. During Jose’s 30-year career in the seed industry, he has led the development of new hybrids for a variety of crops. Jose has served on several industry boards, including the American Seed Trade Association and U.S. Plant Variety Protection (PVP). Jose holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Oregon State University.

Jochen Schillinger 

Global Finance Director

Jochen is RiceTec’s Global Finance Director and has overall responsibility for treasury, business accounting, auditing, tax management, risk management, business governance and business planning and reporting. Jochen joined RiceTec in 2013 as Global Controller and has 20 years of International Finance experience, including 7 in the Agriculture Industry. Jochen earned his Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education, Loerrach in Germany. In his spare time, Jochen enjoys travelling, playing soccer and skiing.

Van McNeely

Director of Sales and Technical Services

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Marc Saintelus

Director of Finance

Marc is the Controller for the RiceTec, Inc. business.  He is the leader of all financial operations for the US business including treasury, tax, audit, accounts payable, accounts receivable, risk management, financial planning and reporting.  Marc joined RiceTec, Inc. in September 2014 as an Assistant Controller. Prior to joining RiceTec, Inc., Marc held many leadership roles at Monsanto. He also taught Finance classes at the University of Phoenix Online Colleges. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Economics and Finance with a concentration in Finance.  Marc is a Certified Internal Auditor and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics.

Oswaldo Lopez Sanchez

Human Resources Global Lead

OswaldoSqaure cropOswaldo is RiceTec’s Global Lead for Human Resources, a position he assumed upon joining the company in 2012. He is responsible for setting the strategy and direction for RiceTec’s Human Resources around the world, including workforce planning, organizational development, health and safety, and community outreach. Oswaldo has 20 years of International Human Resource experience, including 10 in the Agriculture Industry. He currently serves as a member of the Management Skills Committee for ASTA. Oswaldo earned his B.A. and MBA from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. In his spare time, Oswaldo enjoys traveling, cooking, and riding motorcycles.

Hongwu Jia

Director of Information Technology

Hongwu is RiceTec’s Director of Information Technology, a position he assumed upon joining the company in 2020. He is responsible for RiceTec’s digital transformation and global IT strategy development and implementation. Hongwu has over 15 years of experience in R&D in the agricultural biotechnology industry and has held multiple leadership roles at BASF, Bayer CropScience, and Monsanto prior to joining RiceTec. He also holds 17 granted patents. Hongwu earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and M.S. in Statistics at Iowa State University and EMBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. In his spare time, Hongwu enjoys movies, music, traveling, and reading.

Brian Ottis

Director of Supply Management

Brian is US Director of Supply Management at RiceTec. He oversees seed supply chain and associated departments. Brian started at RiceTec as a Technical Services Representative in 2006 and served most recently in Marketing managing industry affairs and RiceTec’s sustainability program, Smart Rice®. Brian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Indiana Kelley School of Business. In his spare time, Brian enjoys fishing, bowhunting and traveling.

Qi Ren Chu

Consultant to CEO

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Dr. Chu joined RiceTec in 2005 where he has served as Senior Director and China Coordinator in Line Development, and Traits and Technology. His experience includes working for a leading China seed company as Vice President of Yuan Longping High-Tech, where he directed research and business development in Asia and Africa. Prior to joining RiceTec, Dr. Chu was a tenured professor and rice breeder at LSU for 11 years. He previously served as Director General of the Agro-Biotechnology Research Center, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS). Dr. Chu has written 3 books and numerous articles, and holds US patents relative to rice genetics, breeding, and biotechnology. In total he has 40 years of rice research experience, resulting in the release of numerous rice varieties and germplasm. He has worked with IRRI, and as n expert of IAEA. Dr. Chu received a B.S. in Biology from Shanghai Normal University in China, an M.S. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, a Ph.D. in Genetics from Louisiana State University in the US, and a Certificate of Scientific Management from Shanghai Science Management University in China.