( Photo and logo courtesy Bowery Farming; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

New York-based Bowery Farming has hired Colin Nelson in the newly-created role of chief supply chain officer. 

A mechanical engineer by training, Nelson was senior vice president and global chief supply chain officer at Walgreen Boots Alliance before joining Bowery, according to a release news release. Previously, Nelson had executive supply chain roles at GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever and was head of manufacturing at Bunge. Nelson received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

He will oversee Bowery’s seed-to-store operations, including procurement and planning, manufacturing and maintenance, construction and engineering, logistics and delivery.

Nelson’s extensive experience will be an asset to the company, Irving Fain, CEO and founder, said in the release.

“Our growth has been driven by consumer demand for safer and more transparently grown produce, and our ability to provide a consistent and reliable supply to our retail partners,” Fain said in the release.

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