Learn more about the leadership team and discover the people behind Arcadia’s vision.
Raj Ketkar joined Arcadia as president and chief executive officer in May 2016. He brings nearly 35 years of agriculture and agricultural biotechnology business experience in the U.S. and internationally, including more than 30 years in a variety of business, operations, and strategy roles for Monsanto Company. His positions included managing director of the Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech joint venture in India and director of biotechnology strategy. Mr. Ketkar holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of New Orleans.
Matthew Plavan joined Arcadia as chief financial officer in September 2016. He brings nearly 30 years of financial and executive leadership experience in biotech, healthcare and high technology sectors. Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr. Plavan served as CFO, COO and CEO of Cesca Therapeutics, Inc., and CFO of Strion Air, Inc. and Reason, Inc. He also held executive finance positions with McKesson Corporation and audit and advisory management positions with Ernst & Young. Plavan is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Zhongjin Lu, Ph.D., has been with Arcadia since its inception, first as director of product development and plant breeding, and, since May 2010, as vice president of product development. Prior to joining Arcadia, Dr. Lu was the director of plant breeding and senior scientist at Seaphire International, Inc., a seawater-based agricultural company. Previously, he was employed by Monsanto Company and the University of Arizona, and he was associated with the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China. Dr. Lu holds a master’s degree in plant genetics and breeding from Nanjing Agricultural University in China and a doctorate in plant physiology from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.