Cultivating leadership talent to deliver higher yields

Feeding a growing world and soon a record population calls for innovative, purpose-driven leaders. It requires the vision to anticipate disruption and the agility to cope with accelerating global complexity and to thrive. Global agribusiness is constantly challenged. Sustainability, food waste and nutrition are major issues; they also pose exciting opportunities for growth and innovation.

Our Agribusiness & Food Practice offers decades of experience partnering with organizations across the agricultural value chain. We recognize the voice of the consumer in what they eat and how they shop are louder than ever, transformational technologies being applied at every level of the supply chain, the influx of new investors investing unprecedented levels of capital into the industry and sustainability is a given. We understand the industry’s magnitude and impact of these trends. Forward thinking, agile leadership talent that will stay abreast of critical shifts is vital.

The top priority of any business must be to attract, retain and develop leadership talent. Our Agribusiness & Food Practice is primed to help businesses do just that. Diversified Search Group has a breadth of experience conducting senior executive and board-level searches within the agribusiness industry. Our team-based approach is both strategic and consultative: we are engaged in the industry and cutting-edge leadership. We invest the time to understand your business, priorities, and goals, and we synthesize our knowledge of your needs with our unique networks into a diverse slate of competent, innovative, and transformative leaders. Much as a gardener reaps what is sowed, so are businesses rewarded with returns on the leadership talent in which they invest.

The Practice works across sectors

  • Plant & Animal Inputs, Grains & Oilseeds
  • Dairy, Meat & Alternative Proteins, Produce and Beverages

Areas of dedicated functional expertise

  • Innovation and Technology
  • CEOs
  • Finance Officers
  • Supply Chain
  • Human Resources and Board Advisory and Search

Julie Kanak

In addition to being a senior member of DSG’s Industrial, Consumer, Board, CEO and Supply Chain Practices, Julie Kanak leads the Agribusiness & Food Practice. She brings a career-determining passion for innovative, sustainable agriculture practices and over 25 years’ experience in agribusiness, working across the value chain.

Julie has an unequivocal track record of placing diverse, forward-thinking senior leaders and board members for clients both public and private, ranging from the Fortune 100 multinationals, producer associations to private equity portfolio companies to new ventures engaged in supporting the agribusiness value chain from field to fork.

Clients find in Julie more than just a consultant: she is a valued and trusted advisor and partner in any search process when transformative, collaborative leadership is the goal. She is known for building strong relationships with producer member boards, constituents, and leadership teams. Prior to joining DSG, she spent four years with a leading global search firm and a boutique, global agribusiness firm, complementing over two decades in senior leadership roles working globally in corporate and investment banking.


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