Freight Farms Welcomes Sam White, New Chief Innovation Officer
Boston, MA | September 19th, 2019
As Freight Farms continues to scale globally, the company has expanded its executive team with the strategic appointment of Sam White as Chief Innovation Officer, co-founder of Boston-based Greentown Labs and Promethean Power.
In addition to his continued involvement with both organizations, White will now be collaborating with Freight Farms to guide corporate partnerships and strategic investment – his first major initiative upon moving back to Boston from India working with Promethean Power.
“Sam has a deep understanding of how sustainable technologies can scale to create meaningful and monetary impact for entire industries,” said Jon Friedman, Freight Farms COO. “His experience with modernizing a distributed farming system across India will contribute to our collective goal of enabling impactful, sustainable farming across the globe.”
The move is an authentic extension of White’s past focus on driving change in sustainable agriculture for Promethean Power, where today more than 50,000 farmers in India access its cold-storage technology.
“Freight Farms is truly making a global impact on sustainable farming, and supporting the team and its remarkable technology in the AgTech space felt like a natural next step for me. They’ve laid the groundwork to massively scale worldwide, and I’m excited to join the team in support of its momentum,” said Sam White, Freight Farms Chief Innovation Officer.
“Sam was able to instantly internalize Freight Farms’ mission, and we’re confident in his ability to recognize like-minded partners and creative opportunities to add value as we continue to grow,” said Brad McNamara, Freight Farms CEO. “It’s rare to find someone with experience scaling businesses across hardware, material science and infrastructure in multiple markets globally, and we’re happy to have him on the team.”
About Sam White
An entrepreneurial innovator of green and impact-driven technology, Sam White supports the Freight Farms team as Chief Innovation Officer, where he helps guide corporate partnerships and strategic investment. Previously, White co-founded Promethean Power Systems, a thermal storage technology start-up enabling cold storage in places with unreliable power, and Greentown Labs, which has become the largest clean-tech incubator in the US with 95 clean-tech start-ups sharing wet labs and a machine shop. Over the last decade, Sam has received several notable awards and recognitions for his work, including VentureWell/Lemelson Sustainable Practice Impact Award (2015), NASA's Launch Energy Innovators Fellows (2012), World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer (2012), Boston Globe’s Innovator of the Year (2011), and GE Ecomagination prize (2010).
About Freight Farms
In 2012, Freight Farms debuted the first vertical hydroponic farm built inside an intermodal shipping container—the Leafy Green Machine—with the mission of democratizing and decentralizing the local production of fresh, healthy food. Now with the Greenery and integral IoT data platform, farmhand®, Freight Farms has the largest network of connected farms in the world, with global customers ranging from small business farmers to corporate, hospitality, retail, education, and nonprofit sectors.
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