Thirty-seven year Becton Dickinson & Co. veteran Gary Cohen is now chief revenue officer at Newark-based AeroFarms.
Cohen will lead farm development and business growth initiatives including the commercialization of new product categories, like commercialization planning around a recently inked multi-year blueberry and caneberry partnership with Hortifrut S.A., a Chilean berry supply chain company. His transition was announced on April 6.
“Gary is a strong believer in social impact, innovation and the power of businesses like AeroFarms to solve the world’s most challenging problems, and brings decades of proven experience building important partnerships globally to accomplish just that. We are excited to announce his appointment to our robust leadership team,” said Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer David Rosenberg in a prepared statement. “We believe our technology is poised to make a global impact, and Gary brings the global perspective and a genuine focus on bettering the world that will make him incredibly effective in his role.”
At BD, Cohen served as a member of the BD executive leadership team and a corporate officer since 1996. He was most recently executive vice president for global health and president of the BD Foundation, where he leveraged the skills, efficiency and innovation competencies of the business sector to collaborate with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations to tackle issues such as safe childhood immunization, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and maternal and newborn health.
He was previously BD’s executive vice president for international operations, where was responsible for the company’s regional and country organizations; and executive vice president of the medical segment, where he was responsible for about half of the company’s global business revenues.