Teddy Bekele

 Teddy Bekele

SVP and CTO
2013

"Many of the challenges in farming are not new. However, what is different now is farmers are making decisions based on data versus intuition. They’re relying on technology to help them make decisions – and that technology helps farmers produce more food, with fewer resources and less environmental impact."

Teddy serves as the Chief Technology Officer, leading Land O’Lakes’ Ag Tech and IT organizations and is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions for retail and farmer customers to help them produce more sustainable outputs by leveraging agronomic insights from Answer Plot® locations, labs, the Winfield United Innovation Center and the collective knowledge of our organization. Teddy’s application of technology and data to the practice of farming has shaped product offerings such as WinField United's R7® Tool, Answer Tech and ATLAS portal.

Prior to his current role, Teddy served as Vice President, Ag Technology for WinField United, as well as  Business CIO for WinField United providing full IT management and leadership responsibilities. Teddy holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Education
MBA, Indiana University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Experience
Ingersoll Rand

Community leadership
Field Reveal Board of Directors
iTK Board of Directors
Ag Gateway Strategic Board of Directors  
World Agri-Tech Customer Advisory Board Ag CIO Board