Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI) has announced Paul Householder, the company’s current chief operating officer, will step in as president and chief executive officer, following the resignation of president, Tim Close.
Householder joined Winnipeg, Man.-based AGI in 2019 after a 28-year career in the industrial chemicals sector where he ran global businesses with multiple facilities across several geographies, including the U.S. and Brazil.
Close announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities, but will continue with the company in an advisory role through the end of 2022. He has been with AGI for 10 years, first serving as vice president of strategic planning and development, and moving to president and CEO in early 2016.
“On behalf of the board and everyone at AGI, I want to thank Tim for his service and passionate dedication to AGI and all of its stakeholders and for his tremendous leadership and highly valued contributions to AGI’s strong position today,” says board chair of AGI, Bill Lambert.
Lambert says Close played an instrumental role in growing AGI, leading the company through the acquisition of over 25 businesses, initiating the company’s entry in to the digital agriculture space, and building an outstanding senior leadership team and in the process transforming AGI from a regional manufacturer of grain handling equipment to a diversified, global food infrastructure leader.
AGI is a provider of solutions for global food infrastructure including seed, fertilizer, grain, feed, and food processing systems. AGI has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Brazil, India, France, and Italy and distributes its product globally.