Press Release: Co-Founder Giles Barker steps up as CEO
January 2021 marked a change in leadership for KisanHub, an award-winning agritech software company based in Cambridge. Co-Founders, Giles Barker and Sachin Shende began KisanHub back in 2013, and have announced that Sachin will step down as CEO handing over the role to Giles for the next stage of growth at KisanHub.
Today KisanHub has a global presence with customers in seven different countries and two offices in Cambridge, UK and Pune, India. The software helps clients to produce and supply over 50 different types of fruits and vegetables to global markets; connecting every seed to a sale.
Growing up on farms, both Giles and Sachin witnessed first-hand the work that goes into producing food. Even across time zones, they could see the challenges people in the agri-food supply chain faced.
After a successful career building software systems for BlackRock, the largest global asset management company and Barclays Bank, Sachin was keen to apply his skill set to his first passion, agriculture. At the same time, Giles had graduated from Henley Business School and, in October 2013, met Sachin through the Accelerate Programme at Cambridge University, Judge Business School.
The two entrepreneurs instantly connected over their shared farming backgrounds and awareness of the challenges in agriculture. Their vision of building a team that blends both agriculture and software experience soon became the backbone of KisanHub.
Sachin will remain a key stakeholder in the company and explained: “As the company is entering the scale-up stage, I feel it needs a fresh, energetic leader who can take it to the next level. I am fully confident that the company will achieve new heights.”
Previously Giles was COO at KisanHub, overseeing the Operations, Sales and Marketing. Giles described: “This is a positive change for the next phase KisanHub is now entering. We have a fantastic, talented team. When people have asked me what I am passionate about, it's being part of something that is greater than the sum of its parts.”