John Nelson, senior director of sales and marketing at Sakata Seed America, has been promoted to vice president of the company and parent Sakata America Holding Co.

“John’s experience will help strengthen the Sakata team and add value to Sakata’s affiliates all over the world,” Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of Sakata Seed America, said in a news release. “John brings a deep understanding of Sakata’s culture and expansive product line to his new executive position, ensuring he will be a crucial asset to our company’s strategy.”

Nelson begins his new role Sept. 1, according to the release. He started with the organization in 1990 and started in his current position in 2004.

“I am truly looking forward to the next phase of my career,” Nelson said in the release. “This industry has a lot to offer globally, and Sakata will continue to be a major contributor to the well-being of our distributors, growers and consumers.”

Sakata is looking for a successor for the position of senior sales and marketing manager for vegetables.