LEAWOOD, KANSAS, U.S. — Nandit Gandhi, chairman of the board of directors at Agspring, has been named interim chief executive officer of the company. He succeeds former CEO Randal Linville, who, along with Brad Clark, president and chief operating officer, left the company on July 22.
“Agspring leadership and the board of directors are deeply committed to the company’s future and look forward to providing our producers, customers and allies the same high level of service, support and responsiveness they’ve come to expect from Agspring during this leadership transition,” Agspring said.
Gandhi will lead Agspring as interim CEO, working closely with the Agspring management team and the heads of the individual operating companies, including Big River Rice and Grain, Thresher Artisan Wheat, Firebird Artisan Mills, Agforce Logistics and Agforce Transport Services. He most recently was operating partner with American Infrastructure MLP Funds. Earlier, he was senior vice-president of portfolio operations at Platinum Equity, CEO of GEESINKNORBA, director of portfolio operations at Nortek Inc. (T.H. Lee Private Equity group), and interim president at CES Group, LLC.
Gandhi, along with the Agspring board of directors, is leading a search for a new CEO to lead the next phase of growth. The company anticipates finding a new CEO by the end of this year.
Agspring was founded in 2012 in partnership with NGP Global Agribusiness Partners (NGP), an affiliate of NGP Energy Capital Management, with the goal of building the market leader in the agricultural midstream sector. The company last December successfully completed a management-led recapitalization in partnership with the American Infrastructure MLP Funds (AIM) and major institutional investors. The recapitalization enables Agspring to continue expanding by offering mid-sized agricultural logistics or processing firms a new avenue for growth and long-term viability, the company said.