Growers Edge Financial Inc., a provider of agriculture industry financial technology products, solutions and tools, has announced the appointment of Dan Cosgrove as chief executive officer. Cosgrove, a 20-year agriculture industry veteran, will drive growth by expanding partner networks, refining the product pipeline and further scaling the team.
“Since joining the team as chief strategy officer in 2019, Dan has provided exceptional strategic leadership, and I am confident that his experience working with major players across the ag industry will be a valuable asset to this company,” said Joe Young, co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Growers Edge. “We’ve built an incredible foundation and are well positioned to make our vision a reality with Dan at the helm.”
Most recently, Cosgrove served as the company’s chief strategy officer spearheading a series of strategic partnerships that set the stage for accelerated corporate growth. Prior to his role at Growers Edge, Cosgrove held leadership roles at Corteva Agriscience, including global lead, corporate development and licensing, vice president of business development, chief patent counsel and various internal legal team roles. Early in his career, Cosgrove served as a partner at Zarley, McKee, Thomte, Voorhees & Sease focused on patent litigation.
“The ag industry is on the cusp of a complete transformation. However, far too many growers struggle to manage the risk associated with all of the new tools and technologies that are being offered to them or gain access to the capital needed to deploy those tools on farm,” Cosgrove said. “While fintech solutions are found in nearly every other industry, agriculture has lagged behind to date. I look forward to leading this company into its next phase of growth to help build more sustainable, productive and profitable farms with Growers Edge products and services backed by novel fintech solutions.”
As CEO, Cosgrove will also become a member of the Growers Edge board of directors, alongside Young and leaders from investor directors from Finistere Ventures and Seed2Growth Ventures. Cosgrove is an active member of the State Court of Iowa and the U.S. Supreme Court and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has also served on a variety of local, industry and philanthropic boards. Cosgrove earned his master's of business administration at The MIT Sloan School of Management, J.D. at Drake University and bachelor of science in engineering at Iowa State University.