AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions (NYSE:AGCO), today announced that Martin Richenhagen has chosen to retire as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2020. The Company further announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Hansotia, currently AGCO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Mr. Richenhagen as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. In addition, Mr. Hansotia has been elected to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Martin Richenhagen joined AGCO in 2004 as President and CEO and was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006.
"It’s been my greatest privilege to serve alongside my AGCO colleagues for the past 16 years,” stated Mr. Richenhagen. "Their dedication, integrity, innovativeness and commitment to our customers are what make AGCO such an extraordinary Company, and I’m proud to have been part of its history. I have tremendous confidence in Eric, the Board, our employees and our dealer network, and believe that AGCO’s best days are yet to come.”
Speaking on behalf of AGCO’s Board of Directors, Gerald Shaheen, AGCO’s independent Lead Director, stated, "Martin has served AGCO with great distinction through the years, and we are enormously thankful for his contributions to the Company. Under his leadership, AGCO evolved into an integrated global manufacturer of high-tech, sustainable, agricultural solutions to serve our farmers around the world. AGCO expanded its product portfolio, entered into new markets, consolidated product platforms and modernized facilities. Driven by strong financial performance under his direction, AGCO improved to an investment grade credit rating while initiating a dividend and a substantial share re-purchase program. Martin has been a model of corporate leadership and integrity in the industry. We wish him well in his retirement and look forward to new levels of success under Eric’s leadership.”
"The Board and I are confident that Eric is the right person to build on AGCO’s solid foundation,” added Mr. Richenhagen. "Eric is a seasoned leader with broad industry knowledge, making him uniquely qualified to lead AGCO into the future. Eric has made significant contributions to AGCO’s success over the past seven years, most recently leading the Company through the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. His strong strategic view on the future trends in global agriculture along with his diverse operational experience will enable AGCO to successfully meet the changing needs of our customers.” Mr. Hansotia joined AGCO as Senior Vice President, Global Crop Cycle and Fuse Connected Services in 2013 and has served in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2019. Prior to joining AGCO, Mr. Hansotia had a successful 20-year tenure with Deere & Company where he held leadership positions including Senior Vice President, Global Harvesting and Vice President of Global Crop Care.
Mr. Hansotia shared, "I want to express my gratitude to both Martin and the Board of Directors for their confidence in my ability to lead AGCO into the future. Together with our talented team, I look forward to helping our global farmers sustainably feed the world through smart, innovative agricultural solutions. I believe farmer-driven innovation is the key to unlocking value for our employees, dealers and shareholders, and I look forward to building on Martin’s legacy as we realize AGCO’s bright future.”
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $9.0 billion in 2019. For more information, visit https://www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.
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Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TENX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing products for the critical care market, today announced that detailed results from the Phase 2 HELP Study of levosimendan in PH-HFpEF have been accepted for presentation as a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial at this year’s Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Annual Scientific Meeting to be held September 30, 2020-October 6, 2020.
The HELP Study (Hemodynamic Evaluation of Levosimendan in PH-HFpEF) was a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate levosimendan in 36 patients with pulmonary hypertension and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (PH-HFpEF). Endpoints in the trial evaluated various invasive hemodynamic and clinical measures including a 6-minute walk test.
Detailed results of the HELP Study will be presented as a late-breaking oral abstract by Dr. Barry Borlaug, Chair for Research, Division of Circulatory Failure, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a member of the HELP Study Steering Committee.
Tenax CEO Anthony DiTonno stated "We are very excited to have the HELP Study results accepted for presentation as a late-breaking abstract at the HFSA Annual Meeting. The positive results of the HELP Study represent a major milestone for Tenax and our development of levosimendan for the treatment of patients suffering from this debilitating illness. Based on feedback from our advisors, we believe the results may represent a potential breakthrough in the treatment of PH-HFpEF patients, and we look forward to having the detailed trial results presented at this major scientific forum.”
About Phase 2 HELP Trial
The HELP Trial – Hemodynamic Evaluation of Levosimendan in PH-HFpEF is a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate levosimendan in 36 patients with pulmonary hypertension and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (PH-HFpEF). The trial has a predefined response criterion that patients must meet following a 24-hour open-label infusion of levosimendan before they can be randomized to the 6-week double-blind phase of the trial. The criterion for randomization is a reduction in PCWP during supine exercise of = 4mmHg following the open-label infusion when compared with each patient’s baseline exercise PCWP. The primary endpoint of the HELP Trial is based on change in PCWP vs baseline compared to placebo.
About Tenax Therapeutics
Tenax Therapeutics, Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing, and commercializing products that address cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases with high unmet medical need. The Company has a world-class scientific advisory team including recognized global experts in pulmonary hypertension. The Company owns North American rights to develop and commercialize levosimendan and has recently released topline data regarding their Phase 2 clinical trial for the use of levosimendan in the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension associated with Heart Failure and preserved Ejection Fraction (PH-HFpEF). For more information, visit www.tenaxthera.com.
Levosimendan is a calcium sensitizer that works through a unique triple mechanism of action. It initially was developed for intravenous use in hospitalized patients with acutely decompensated heart failure. It was discovered and developed by Orion Pharma, Orion Corporation of Espoo Finland, and is currently approved in over 60 countries for this indication and not available in the United States. Tenax Therapeutics acquired North American rights to develop and commercialize levosimendan from Phyxius Pharma, Inc.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements by the Company that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the Company’s judgment as of the date of this release. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to matters beyond the Company’s control that could lead to delays in the clinical study, new product introductions and customer acceptance of these new products; matters beyond the Company’s control that could impact the Company’s continued compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements; the impact of management changes on the Company’s business and unanticipated charges, costs and expenditures not currently contemplated that may occur as a result of management changes; and other risks and uncertainties as described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in its annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 30, 2020, and its quarterly report of Form 10-Q filed on August 14, 2020, as well as its other filings with the SEC. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this release. Statements in this press release regarding management’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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