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Heliae Development, a biotechnology company in Gilbert, has announced two new executive hires.

Joining the company that focuses on microalgae are Norm Davy as chief revenue officer and Lon Kreger as senior director of international sales.

Both executives will focus primarily on the Heliae Agriculture arm of the business.

Heliae Development is a food and agriculture tech company that develops microalgae for commercial production.

Davy has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and business development expertise in the agricultural industry, including biotech seed, crop protection chemistry and precision agriculture software technology.

He most recently developed new markets for cutting-edge enhanced efficiency fertilizers that use technology to improve soil health and the environment.

“It’s all about fast, sustainable and customer-centered growth,” Davy said. “One of the things I’m most excited about is helping Heliae Agriculture grow from where it is today to being a significant contributor to regenerative agriculture.”

Heliae President and CEO Eric Lichtenheld said Davy’s “passion for sustainable agriculture truly complements the work we do.”

Born and raised on a farm in western Canada, Davy earned his master’s in food and agribusiness from the University of Guelph in Ontario.

His wife of 31 years, a senior women’s ice hockey hall of famer, plays goalie.

Kreger brings more than a decade of sales and marketing in the agriculture industry and most recently worked at Loveland Products as international business development manager.

At Loveland, Kreger was responsible for the company’s strategic direction, product development, market and strategic development for everything outside the United States and Canada, acquisitions, integrations and facilitating international regulatory processes.

“The biggest focus in all business is on building partnerships,” Kreger said. “The world we live in is a small one and there’s not a lot of thought or strategy or effort needed to have a client-supplier relationship. But if you want longer health and viability for your organization, you need to look for partnerships with customers.”

“Lon will play an integral role in international expansion as well as product and commercial development,” said Lichtenheld.

Kreger is finishing both an MBA and a master’s in business analytics from Syracuse University, which has one of the strongest worldwide analytics programs.