Boyden’s Leadership Series Features 80 Acres Farms’ Mike Zelkind

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

a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices
in over 40 countries, today released the latest issue of its Leadership
, 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
, 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.

The full interview with Mike Zelkind is available at

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews
with Nigel
, Non-Executive Chairman of Dunkin’ Brands; Rustin
, Senior Vice President, U.S. People, Walmart; Jim
, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International; Theo
Van der Loo
, President of Bayer Brazil; Janelle
, Vice President of Human Resources, Facebook; Ralph
, then COO and currently CEO of Dean Foods; Alec
, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and
author of the New York Times number one bestseller The Industries of
the Future
; Bill
, Vice President, Global Human Resources of Visa; Dawn
, Chief Marketing Officer, National
Football League
; Noor
, President & CEO of CTBC Bank USA; Stephan
, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.; Svein
, Chairman of Statoil; Umran
, former Region President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo and
currently Senior VP and CHRO at PepsiCo; David
, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and
former presidential advisor; and Robert Reich, currently Chancellor’s
Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley
and former US Secretary of Labor. All are available on Boyden’s website.

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

About Boyden

Boyden is a premier talent advisory and leadership solutions firm with
more than 65 offices in over 40 countries. Our global reach enables us
to serve client needs anywhere they conduct business. We connect great
companies with great leaders through executive search, interim
management and leadership consulting solutions. For further information,


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

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

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