Get to know Sakata’s new Head of Ornamental Research and Product Development


Kris Carlson

Sakata Seed America has appointed Kristopher (Kris) Carlsson as Senior Manager, Research & Development and Product Development for NAFTA Ornamentals.

Kris Carlsson comes to Sakata with extensive technical production, marketing, sales, team building and management experience in the North American ornamentals market, most recently serving as Portfolio Manager: Patio for PanAmerican Seed. He has also held senior positions at Ball FloraPlant. Carlsson received a BS in Environmental Horticulture from California State University, Chico.

“Sakata Seed is well known for product innovation and progressive business practices in the horticultural industry. As a passionate contributor to this industry for over 15 years, I know Sakata’s reputation for quality and ingenuity well. I look forward to being an integral part of Sakata’s strategic growth and continued success,” said Carlsson.

“Senior Manager of Research and Development and Product Development is a new position for the Sakata Ornamentals Group, and Kris has made himself the ideal choice for this opportunity,” says Joe Cimino, Senior Manager of Ornamental Business Groups. and Solutions. “We look forward to utilizing Kris’ broad skillset and in-depth knowledge of the many facets of horticulture to strengthen our leadership position and optimize and synergize our team and functions.”

Carlsson is responsible for strategic leadership in research and development, product development and sourcing to maximize customer success, including developing and implementing go-to-market strategies for newly developed products and awarded in the North America, Central America and Oceania markets. He is based in California.

To contact Kris, Joe or the Sakata Ornamentals team, visit Sakata Staff Directory Page.



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