Meet the executives leading talented teams dedicated to helping
Jeremy Williams is the Head of Climate LLC and Digital Farming for Bayer Crop Science, where he leads a diverse team that develops digital tools to help unlock the next wave of ag innovations. Jeremy is also a member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership and Commercial Leadership Teams.
Prior to his current role, Jeremy served as SVP, Head of Plant Biotechnology for Bayer Crop Science, where he led a global team to enable a robust plant biotechnology pipeline. Jeremy has over 20 years of diverse biotech and agrochemical R&D experience, and served in several R&D leadership roles at Monsanto including as Head of Chemistry R&D. He began his career as one of the founding scientists at Divergence Inc., a St. Louis-based startup acquired by Monsanto in 2011.
Jeremy is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity and a proud member of several I&D organizations. He graduated from Washington University with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and French.
Jim leads the Finance and Facilities teams as CFO of Climate LLC. Jim has 25 years of diverse global experience across industries such as software, agriculture, and management consulting. Prior to joining Climate LLC, Jim was Managing Director and CFO of Bayer Thailand / Myanmar based in Bangkok leading the finance and administrative functions supporting Bayer’s local Consumer Health, Crop Science and Pharmaceutical divisions. Previously, Jim was Head of Business Planning & Administration for Bayer Crop Science Australia in Melbourne and also worked in consulting / finance / operational roles in Bayer as well as at companies such as Tenzing Consulting, Ariba, FreeMarkets and Avery Dennison. Jim earned an M.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in Accounting from Cleveland State University and is a CPA.
Matt joined Climate LLC in December of 2014 and leads the People Operations team. Prior to joining Climate Matt spent 16 years at Microsoft in a variety of HR roles across several Microsoft businesses and HR centers of excellence. Matt has a B.A in International Relations from Colgate University in New York.
Ranjeeta Singh leads the global product organization at Climate LLC driving the product strategy and roadmap for agriculture’s leading digital farming platform. Ranjeeta brings more than two decades of tech industry experience with key leadership roles at Wipro, Intel and more recently, Teradata, where she was the VP and GM of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. Her expertise combines hardware, software and services experience with leadership roles spanning strategy, product management, marketing, business operations, engineering, architecture and incubation of new IOT businesses.
Ranjeeta holds a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India, a Master’s in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
John leads Climate LLC’s legal team. Before joining Climate in 2018, John served as the North American commercial law lead for the legacy Monsanto business acquired by Bayer. Prior to that role, he spent nine years in Asia, serving as the company’s law lead for Asia and Africa. Prior to joining Monsanto in 2003, John spent 12 years in Washington, D.C., where he served as domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore, and held several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also worked for U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy, Mark Dayton, and John McCain, served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and worked closely with the Senate Agriculture Committee during his time in Washington. John received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University.
Nikki leads the Operations organization at Climate LLC. She oversees the Information Technology (IT), Communications, Strategic Innovations & Partnerships and Sustainability functions -- ensuring close connection and collaboration with Bayer Crop Science (BCS) colleagues to advance the business and deliver new value to customers.
Most recently, Nikki served as Senior Director of Science Enabling, where she aligned and integrated Science and R&D objectives and initiatives across the organization. She has led many talented teams in more than 18 years at Bayer Crop Science -- always taking a cross-functional approach with an emphasis on innovation.
Nikki received a Juris Doctorate of Law and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Brandon Rinkenberger is the Chief Customer Officer at Climate LLC leading the Global Customer Experience and Enablement team for Bayer’s Digital Farming Solutions (DFS) unit. He is a member of the DFS Global Leadership team as well as the North American Leadership Team for Bayer’s Crop Science Division. He and his team lead product marketing and customer acquisition, activation, and support for growers worldwide, ensuring growers have success with digital tools that optimize their farming performance.
Brandon has been a leader in agriculture’s digital transformation over the past ten years. He led North American Sales for Precision Planting before moving into Global Business Development and then International Marketing for Climate LLC. He led the U.S. launch of Climate FieldView and expanded the product into Canada, South America, and Europe. Most recently he was the Director for Row Crop Digital Strategy in Bayer Crop Science where he focused on developing a comprehensive global portfolio of digital concepts.
Brandon’s career started at Caterpillar where he held a variety of sales and marketing positions for regional and global markets. A very rewarding experience was leading sales and marketing for Watershed Foods, a food ingredient start-up. There he developed and launched several successful products enabling Watershed to achieve growth and become a sustainable business.
Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Brandon is passionate about building successful businesses, enabling teams, and his family! Brandon lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Mindy, and four children. He enjoys traveling to warm destinations with Mindy, running with his daughters and golfing with his sons.