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GROWERS EDGE ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

Growers Edge provides proprietary data insights, financial technology tools, warranty-backed crop plans and lending solutions to help ag retailers, manufacturers and farm mortgage originators across the U.S. deliver relevant solutions to farmers quickly. To position the company for long-term success while continuing to deliver for partners, farmers, and shareholders, Growers Edge, the industry-leading agricultural financial technology company, announces a leadership transition at the start of 2024.

Matt Hansen will fill the role of Chief Executive Officer at Growers Edge. Matt brings an impressive and extensive background in private equity investments with financial services companies across the globe, as well as the unique duality of taking on senior leadership roles as an operator within those investments. Current Interim CEO, Hollie Bunn, will transition into the role of Chief Operating Officer and Head of Lending.

“We are excited to welcome Matt to the team, where his exceptional track record and achievements will play a pivotal role in solidifying the company as an industry leader,” said Sanjeev Krishnan, chief investment officer and senior managing director at S2G Ventures and board member at Growers Edge.  “Matt is uniquely positioned to lead the company in its next chapter, partnering with Hollie Bunn and the rest of the management team to advance its vision of a future characterized by cutting-edge innovation and sustainable practices in agriculture.”

“I look forward to joining Growers Edge to play a pivotal role in innovating for and serving one of the largest and most complex industries of the world. Together we can implement a faster, more efficient, and effective means for delivery of fintech to empower farmers to drive sustainable growth,” said Hansen. “I am excited to lead our dynamic team at the intersection of agriculture and financial services to pioneer innovative solutions. Our collaboration with industry partners will catalyze the adoption of novel solutions among farmers and partners, paving the way for a thriving and sustainable future in this vital sector.”

With 25 years of experience in investment, financial services, and private equity firms, Matt is a seasoned professional in the global financial landscape. His expertise has been built through developing and creating financial service platforms. Matt’s experience is marked by his extensive operationally focused investment track record and tenures on the Board of Director positions within regulated financial service entities, coupled with strategic roles in senior operations for various investment portfolio companies. His career has been a testament to his commitment to innovation, evident in the development of new product platforms and capabilities that advance financial industry standards.

Hollie Bunn continues to play a key role in building the future of Growers Edge through her new position. Bunn has over 20 years of ag lending experience and has created a significant impact on the company during her tenure as Interim CEO.

“I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished over the last several years,” said Bunn. “and I am looking forward to helping Matt create future growth and progress for Growers Edge.”

“I am confident in the incredible opportunity we have in front of us, and the ability of our Growers Edge team to redefine the business of farming, by creating fast fintech solutions for the agriculture industry. As Interim CEO over the past year, Hollie and the leadership team did an amazing job strengthening and advancing the business in countless ways” said Steve Allocca, Funding Circle. “Now, to kick off 2024, we are excited to add Matt’s leadership and complementary experience across funding, scaling & operating fintechs, to ensure our growth accelerates and we realize our potential to become the defining fintech company in agriculture.”

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