Flagship Ventures hires Swiss consulting firm co-owner, agri expert as venture partner


RobBerendesHealthcare-focused early-stage investment firm Flagship Ventures has hired Swiss consulting firm co-owner and partner Robert Berendes as a venture partner.

Berendes, who runs a-connect, will provide strategic counsel and support to the flagship team through board and advisory roles, the firm said.

Flagship managing partner and CEO Noubar Afeyan said, “Robert has unparalleled, strategic leadership experience in the agricultural industry and his involvement will be instrumental to the success of many of our ventures.

“We are excited to have Robert on the Flagship team and pleased he will be contributing to our next wave of transformative ventures.”

Berendes was previously head of business development and a member of the executive committee at Syngenta, and was formerly a partner at McKinsey & Company co-heading the firm’s European chemical practice.

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