RiceTec, Inc.
Julie Bodine
Director, Global Corporate Communications

RiceTec Appoints Lisa Safarian to Board of Directors

ALVIN, TX (January 2023) – RiceTec announced the appointment of Lisa Safarian, president, and chief operating officer of Pivot Bio to its Board of Directors. As a member of the board, Safarian will provide valuable insight and support as RiceTec further expands its sustainable rice seed technologies to farmers around the world.

“We’re extremely happy to have Lisa further strengthening our board,” said Karsten Neuffer, RiceTec CEO. “RiceTec will greatly benefit from her deep experience in agriculture and understanding of farmers’ needs for technology innovation and sustainable solutions. Her advice will be valuable to the company and our customers.”

Safarian currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Pivot Bio, leading the company’s operations. She is an advocate for agriculture and dedicating her career to advancing solutions for famers. Previously, she has held numerous leadership roles in agriculture and has a track record of successfully growing businesses.

“With Lisa Safarian, we have brought on board a seed expert whose extensive know[1]how will enable to support RiceTec‘s mission to improve the sustainability footprint of the entire rice-growing industry globally. We are delighted that Lisa will be joining us on this journey,” said Constantin Liechtenstein, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Liechtenstein Group, which owns RiceTec.

“I am extremely excited to join the RiceTec board,” said Safarian. “Their focus on technology for their farmers, as well as their commitment to sustainability, create a tremendous opportunity to help feed the world in an environmentally friendly way.”


About RiceTec

Headquartered in Alvin, Texas, RiceTec has been a pioneer in sustainable rice agriculture since 1988. With an innovative spirit, we introduced the first commercial hybrid rice seed in 1999, leveraging advanced breeding techniques and a diverse germplasm collection. As the first to commercialize hybrid rice seed in both North and South America, our innovations continue to shape the industry, evident in advancements like our FullPage® and Max-Ace® Rice Cropping Solutions. With a decade-long operations in India and reach into Europe and Southeast Asia, RiceTec continues to transform rice production for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the planet. To learn more about RiceTec’s commitment to a sustainable future, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, X/Twitter.