Cibus, a leading advanced plant breeding company using the latest gene-editing tools to produce food, crops, grain and seed for global markets, has appointed Jim Hinrichs as Chief Financial Officer. Hinrichs brings more than twenty-five years of extensive experience to the company.
“Jim brings invaluable managerial experience that will be essential to the expansion of Cibus, as we build out our global commercial operations and financial team,” said Rory Riggs, Chairman, Cibus. “His record includes success at three different important multibillion-dollar companies: Cardinal Health, CareFusion and Alere, where he was an integral part of senior management and built strong financial teams for public reporting, investor relations and compliance.”
Most recently, Hinrichs served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alere, Inc. where he initiated a company-wide performance improvement program targeting over $150 million in annual savings through integration, standardization and scale-building projects. In October 2017, the company was sold to Abbott Labs for more than $7 billion.
“Jim’s leadership will take Cibus to the next level as we execute sales for our robust pipeline of food and agricultural products,” said Peter Beetham, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Cibus. “His impressive experience in the healthcare and biotech industries offers a well-rounded perspective and will bolster Cibus’ expanding presence in the agriculture industry.”
Prior to working at Alere, Inc., Hinrichs served as Chief Financial Officer of CareFusion Corporation where he expanded operating margins and divested eight companies while acquiring six, with a total transaction value greater than $1.5 billion. He also drove a corporate-wide performance improvement program resulting in over $100 million in annual savings while reducing the financial department expense by more than $15 million annually and overseeing a staff of more than five hundred. In March 2015, CareFusion was sold to Becton Dickinson for more than $12 billion.
Hinrichs’ experience includes decades of financial leadership with a range of companies that include Cardinal Health, Merck & Co. Inc. and Sangstat Medical Corporation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University.