Michael K. Stern, PhD
Head of The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming
Mike leads a diverse team that develops digital tools to help the world’s farmers understand their fields in ways that have never been possible before. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Bayer Crop Science and Head of the Climate Corporation, Mike's role is at the intersection of agriculture and digital technology.
Prior to his roles at The Climate Corporation, Mike led Monsanto’s Row Crop Business in the Americas with responsibility for its corn, soy, cotton, specialty crops, licensing and crop protection businesses across the regions. During his tenure at Monsanto, which began in 1988, Stern has served in leadership roles for a variety of its businesses, including: Vice President, U.S. Seeds and Traits; President, American Seeds; CEO of Renessen LLC, a biotechnology joint venture with Cargill; and Director of Technology, Agricultural Productivity.
Chief Science Officer
Sam leads the Science organization at The Climate Corporation, where he drives the company’s research and development efforts in data science, measurement and field research. Sam’s connection to agriculture started young, growing up on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois. He brings more than two decades of experience in plant breeding and global agricultural development – contributing nearly 60 publications and patents relating to advances in agricultural technology. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation, Sam led Monsanto’s Global Plant Breeding team, overseeing one of the largest, most integrated plant genetics programs in the world. He holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Chief People Officer
Meg joined The Climate Corporation in August of 2015 and leads the People Operations team. Prior to joining Climate Meg was the Vice President of Human Resources at Zynga. During her time at Zynga Meg led HR Business Partnerships, Compensation, Benefits, Learning and Development and Recruiting. Prior to joining Zynga Meg was the Director of Worldwide Human Resources at Openwave Systems in Redwood City and has led HR at several technology startups in the Bay Area. Meg has a B.A in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal.
Vice President, Data And Analytics
Dan leads the Data and Analytics organization at The Climate Corporation, where he is focused on building an analytics platform to generate product insights that help deliver the best agriculture data products and user experience. Dan has 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley in analytics and engineering in general for large scale systems. Prior roles include Vice President Data and Analytics at Teespring.com, CTO at Reputation.com and a General Manager at Zynga for 5 years leading the Analytics and Platform engineering teams. He also spent a little over 16 years in the Biotech space in laboratory research and later bioinformatics engineering. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Vassar College and a Master's degree in computer information systems from Golden Gate University.
Vice President Marketing
Anthony is VP of Marketing for The Climate Corporation, with responsibility for the organization's product portfolio. Anthony has been with Monsanto for 25 years in a variety of commercial and business roles. Most recently, he was the Global Lead for Monsanto's wheat and sugarcane product platforms. Prior to that, he was Product Management Lead for South America, focusing on launching biotech products in corn and soybean crops in Brazil and Argentina. He also served as the Corn Product Management Lead for the U.S. commercial seed business and has held multiple sales and marketing leadership positions in the U.S. and Canada throughout his career in both the seed and crop protection businesses. Anthony has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Finance from the University of Kentucky.
Senior Vice President, Global Commercial
John Raines leads the global commercial sales and operations functions for The Climate Corporation's suite of software and enabling hardware offerings. Previously, John was the U.S. Customer Advocacy Lead, championing the development of Monsanto's farmer advocacy campaigns and ag youth outreach. John also was Business Affairs Lead in Corporate Affairs, served as General Manager for Monsanto's Australia, New Zealand, and Philippines business units, and served as Vice President of Marketing for Monsanto's U.S. ag portfolio. Early in John's career, he held multiple sales and management roles, including serving as the U.S. Cotton Marketing Manager, launching Monsanto's first cotton biotechnology products. John has a B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management and Marketing from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Vice President, Strategy
Vilas joined The Climate Corporation in 2015 and leads Climate’s strategy and business development efforts. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation, Vilas worked at McKinsey & Company, where he led strategy development engagements for Fortune 100 food & agriculture companies and government agencies worldwide. Vilas has an B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Chief Financial Officer
Eduardo leads The Climate Corporation’s finance team. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation in 2016, Eduardo was the Finance Lead for the Latin America North region for Monsanto. He has broad experience across multiple industries, beginning his career at Andersen Consulting, then working in various finance roles throughout Latin America while at Procter & Gamble. Later in his career, he became CFO and Controller for Microsoft Mexico, then CFO Latin America for Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Just prior to joining Monsanto, Eduardo was Vice President of Finance and Administration at Nextel Mexico. Eduardo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Chief Technology Officer
Mark leads the development of a unified technical vision, architecture, and roadmap to help The Climate Corporation deliver an industry-leading digital agriculture platform. Mark has 18 years of experience in Silicon Valley and previously served as a Director of Mobile Product Excellence at Yahoo, the Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Technology at Zynga, and the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HipLogic. Mark has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
Brian leads the The Climate Corporation's Enterprise Solutions team. He has more than 20 years of experience leading the development of large-scale systems in a variety of industries. Prior to The Climate Corporation, Brian worked at Orbitz as a Senior Architect responsible for the development of their distributed service platform and overall architecture. Before Orbitz, Brian worked at the investment bank UBS where he built global interest rate trading systems. He has contributed frequently to the open source community, including having been the lead developer for the Jython project. He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
Vice President, Law, Patents & Compliance
John leads The Climate Corporation’s legal team. Before joining Climate in 2018, John served as the North American commercial law lead for the legacy Monsanto business acquired by Bayer. Prior to that role, he spent nine years in Asia, serving as the company’s law lead for Asia and Africa. Prior to joining Monsanto in 2003, John spent 12 years in Washington, D.C., where he served as domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore, and held several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also worked for U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy, Mark Dayton, and John McCain, served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and worked closely with the Senate Agriculture Committee during his time in Washington. John received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.