John Sorenson, CEO of Vestaron Corp. and longtime advocate and innovator in the specialty agriculture industry, passed away recently at his residence in Kalamazoo, MI. He was 68. Sorenson enjoyed a long career and made impacts along the way, beginning as Assistant and Associate Professor of genetics at North Carolina State University, which later led to holding top positions at Asgrow Seed Company and then in a number of leadership roles with Syngenta as President of Rogers Seed Company, President of Syngenta Seeds Inc., and President of Biotechnology. He spent the last five years as Vestaron Corp.’s CEO.
In addition to his leadership titles, he served on the Board of Directors for the American Seed Trade Association, the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders, and the American Seed Research Foundation. He held a spot on the Vestaron Board of Directors for the last decade.
The following passage was posted on Vestaron’s website in memory of Sorenson:
With deep regret and great sadness Vestaron mourns the death of John Sorenson, our CEO.
Under his dedicated leadership, as both a board member and CEO, John transformed Vestaron from a start-up R&D company to a commercial endeavor with the launch of Vestaron’s first product. John inspired each and every one of us every day through his kindness, insight and leadership. To all who knew him, John was a highly respected scientist, business leader, mentor and friend.
Vestaron has lost a great leader and friend. John will be greatly missed by all of us.
According to Langeland Family Funeral Homes in Kalamazoo, private services and burial will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.