Harvest Automation, a company developing practical robots for the agriculture industry, has appointed John Kawola as CEO. Current CEO Charles Grinnell will assume the role of COO. Backed by Entrée Capital, Founder Collective, Life Sciences Partners, Cultivian Ventures, and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, Harvest Automation is headquartered outside of Boston, Mass.
Harvest Automation Inc., a company developing practical robots for the Agriculture industry, announced today that John Kawola is joining the company as CEO effective today. Current CEO Charles Grinnell will assume the role of COO. John was previously the CEO of Z Corporation, a leading provider of 3D Printing solutions. Z Corporation was acquired in early 2012.
“John’s experience commercializing hardware technology and leading companies through the various stages of growth will be invaluable as we take the company to the next phase,” commented Grinnell. Harvest, founded in 2008, has begun first commercial shipments to customers in the U.S. and the company is building manufacturing, sales and support infrastructure to support this ramp.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Harvest,” commented Kawola. “They have a robust technology that is focused to address clear customer pain points. Agriculture, like most industries, is always looking to become more efficient and productive and our aim is to bring solutions that address specific labor constraints. Charlie and the team have done a fantastic job so far and my goal is to help lead the company through strong market introduction and scale-up.”
About Harvest Automation: Robots are powering the next innovation surge in agriculture. Backed by a team of world-class robotics innovators, Harvest Automation has engineered the first practical, scalable robots for a range of Agricultural applications. Addressing labor scarcity issues, Harvest enables growers to create a sustainable workforce of robots working safely alongside people to increase efficiency, reliability and plant quality. Backed by Entrée Capital, Founder Collective, Life Sciences Partners, Cultivian Ventures, and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, Harvest Automation is headquartered outside of Boston, Mass.
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