Global Leadership Team

Agrinos is headed by an executive team whose primary goal is to lead our company to the forefront of the crop biologicals industry. With diverse backgrounds, each team member contributes to the collective experience that will push Agrinos towards excellence.


Jim Thompson

President (Interim) and Chief Financial Officer

Jim Thompson joined Agrinos in 2018 and brings extensive experience in growth strategy, fundraising, and mergers and acquisitions. He leads all finance and accounting activities for Agrinos’ global commercial operations and manages the company’s investor relations program. Previously, he served since 2007 as CFO for Gold Standard Diagnostics, which was acquired by Eurofins. Thompson holds a degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Michiel de Jongh

Executive Vice President, Europe and Africa

Michiel holds a Master of Science, Industrial Engineering & Management Science degree from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. He previously worked at Syngenta and Monsanto where he held senior executive roles in Europe, North and South America and Asia, as well as global responsibilities within these organizations. In his last role at Syngenta, Michiel served as the Global Head of Seedcare, Syngenta’s global seed treatment business and also previously, the President of Monsanto, Canada.

Italo Spinardi

Country Manager, Brazil

Italo Spinardi joined Agrinos in 2018 with a strong track record in managing high-performance sales teams, in addition to marketing and product development strategies. Italo Spinardi is an Agronomist, Post-Graduate in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and has been working in the Brazilian Agribusiness for 30 years, previously managing large National and Multinational companies in the Fertilizer segment such as Cosmocel, Tradecorp and Timac Agro among others.


Scott Wu

Country Manager, China

Scott Wu joined Agrinos in 2018 as China Country Manager. Before joined Agrinos, Scott Wu served in key agriculture sales and marketing roles for agriculture corporations including Sinochem and Bayer CropScience in China. He holds a Master of Management Science and Engineering from the Tsinghua University and a Master of Production Engineering from the university of RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Jacob Alex

Country Manager India

Jacob Alex joined Agrinos in 2018 as Country Manager – India, bringing over 20 years of experience in the functions of Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Key Account Management for Ag-Chem, Seeds, Seed Treatment, Public Health and Chemical Intermediates business in India and South Asia. Prior to joining Agrinos, Alex served in the key role of sales and business development as General Manager in Adama India and worked with Zeneca, Syngenta, Monsanto and Chemtura in the past. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and earned his Master of Business Administration in Sales and Marketing from Stratford University.


Dr. Selvasundaram Rajagopal

Vice President of Product Development, Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific

Selvasundaram Rajagopal (Selva) joined Agrinos in 2013 having 35 years of experience in crop protection R & D, Regulatory and Technical Sales support in the field of AgChem, Seed Enhancement, BioAg, Public and Animal Health. Earlier served as Principal Scientist & Head of Entomology at UPASI Tea Research Institute and then as Regional Technology Manager for Asia Pacific at Chemtura AgroSolutions. Selva holds Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology on biological control and MBA in Agriculture Business Management from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, India.

Keturah Pliska

Operations Director, USA and Mexico

Keturah Pliska joined Agrinos in 2015 and leads efficient end-to-end operations in Production, Supply Chain and Logistics, QA/QC, and Manufacturing Sciences and Technology. Keturah holds an MBA from Marylhurst University and holds over 16 years of experience in Ag Biotechnology operations management, human resources, capital project management, and trained in six sigma, lean engineering, and continuous process improvement with the Dow Center of Excellence.