Leveraging over 25 years of experience in leadership positions at the intersection of science, agriculture, engineering, and business, Chris leads Indigo’s efforts to develop a trusted and scientifically rigorous carbon credit program for farmers.
Chris first joined Indigo in 2019 as Vice President, where he was responsible for guiding Indigo’s Product and Engineering teams in the development of digital agronomic tools to support row crop growers in adopting more beneficial growing practices proven to reduce on-farm emissions and sequester carbon dioxide in soils. Today, as Global Head of Carbon, Chris oversees all aspects of the Carbon by Indigo program – from scientific collaborations to corporate buyer partnerships, grower resources to business strategy – with the aim of establishing agricultural carbon credits as an indispensable resource for increasing grower profitability and environmental sustainability.
An accomplished scientist and business strategist, Chris has experience founding, leading, and growing agtech companies dedicated to helping the world’s farmers grow more abundant and sustainable crops. Prior to Indigo, he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of AirScout where he led interdisciplinary teams in the development of prescription maps from thermal images flown from fixed-wing manned aircraft to better inform on-farm decision making. In 2012, he also co-founded and served as CEO of Agrible – a startup offering decision support software tools for farmers and sustainability tracking for food brands – guiding the company to acquisition by Nutrien in 2018.
Chris serves as a Board member for Brandt (an ag retailer and micronutrient manufacturer), Greene (a grain storage system manufacturer), and Rantizo (an unmanned precision spraying startup). A passionate advisor to numerous venture firms and M&A advisories, he is also a managing partner of Hatch Ag Group which invests, nurtures, and commercializes some of the best ideas for ag businesses out of the University of Illinois.
Chris holds a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where, since 2009, he has served as adjunct faculty for the Crop Science and Ag & Bio Engineering departments and is the Assistant Director of the Center for Digital Ag.
Originally from New Jersey and now based in Champaign, Illinois, Chris is an avid kayaker and enjoys traveling to historic places with his family.