William Mott founded Agland in l976 to utilize his skills in developing countries after 12 years of management and marketing experience with two multi-national food processors, Libby, McNeill and Libby and Nestlé Corporation. While with Nestlé, he served as managing director of Nestlé’s processed fruit and vegetable joint venture in Japan.
Mr. Mott has managed agricultural and food industry projects in over 20 countries, ranging from a 250,000 acre irrigation project in Iraq to consulting for the Clos du Val Winery in Napa Valley, California to sweet onion production and marketing in Peru. Along with three partners, he established the first cut flower export-producer and marketer in Colombia. The company became one of the largest flower exporters in Latin America with annual sales of over $100 million.
Mr. Mott served as an agribusiness consultant on a World Bank-sponsored agriculture export development project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The project involved market research and trade promotion activities for tropical fruits and vegetables from northern Minas Gerais, a logistic study for exporting perishables and non-perishables products, and elaboration of the guidelines for the construction of a perishable export center.
He received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in food processing from the University of California at Davis.