Hydroponic vertical farm grower Freight Farms, Boston, has a new CEO, Rick Vanzura, former CEO of Wahlburgers CEO.
Freight Farms co-founder Brad McNamara remains as president.
Robotics specialist Jake Felser is head of engineering, according to a news release.
Vanzura has had positions at Panera, General Motors Information Services and Gamestop, according to the release, along with running Borders Group’s nearly $1 billion international business.
“Rick has amplified growth across interconnected industries, and his international experience lends itself to our ongoing global expansion,” McNamara said in the release.
Felser is the former vice president of engineering for eatsa (now Brightloom) and was senior engineer and product manager at Cooper Perkins and has worked in hydraulics, refrigeration and agriculture, according to the release.
Their addition follows a year of momentum for the company, according to the release, and the company’s leadership is positioned “to quicken new extensions of its technology platform and deepen market reach,” according to the release.
Freight Farms recently launched the Greenery, the updated container system in which crops are grown, and almost 100 are in nine countries so far. Overall, the company has about 300 container farms around the world, according to the release.