Management Team

The SGB management team includes energy, petrochemical, biotechnology and agribusiness veterans with a proven track record scaling community and commercial agricultural projects, and direct experience at companies such as DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, Monsanto, Diversa and Dow Agro Sciences.

Team Members:

  • Kirk Haney
    President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Miguel Motta
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Robert Schmidt, Ph.D.
    Chief Scientist
  • Eric Mathur, Vice President
    Chief Technologist

Kirk Haney

Kirk Haney

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kirk Haney is President and Chief Executive Officer of SGB, Inc. Mr. Haney has a successful track record developing sustainable, for profit projects, and extensive experience in both established and start-up companies.

As President of Green Millennium, he raised over $100M in private equity and successfully built and scaled a sustainable forestry company from start-up to over 100 employees. His role consisted of managing all aspects of the business including strategy, operations and finance. Green Millennium's mission is to initiate and manage precious wood reforestation programs in Central America. Thousands of hectares of land that were devastated by years of deforestation have been reclaimed by Green Millennium and returned to their original forested state.

Mr. Haney has held senior and executive management positions for 3Com Corporation, ArrowPoint Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Cisco Systems and Green Millennium, Ltd. At ArrowPoint, he held general management responsibility for the Western area. In this role, he built and led an organization that grew revenue from $0 to an $80 million run-rate. This was critical for ArrowPoint's ability to go public in March of 2000 and Cisco's $5.9 billion acquisition. In addition to leading several of Cisco's enterprise and advanced technology organizations, he was instrumental in creating Cisco's global security sales strategy, which resulted in Cisco surpassing $1 billion in security sales. He was also an advisor to Cisco's Corporate Business Development team on various investment and acquisition candidates.

Mr. Haney serves on the board of SGB, is Chairman of the Board of Cloud Break Advisors, Inc., a Latin American investment firm and he is Chairman of the Board of Green Millennium, Ltd., a sustainable forestry company. He is a member of the board of advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue and serves on the Dean's Leadership Council for the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He was named one of the Top 50 People in Bioenergy by Biofuels Digest and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

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