Michael K. Stern, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Corporation
As CEO of The Climate Corporation, Mike’s role is at the intersection of agriculture and digital technology. He leads a diverse and talented team that develops digital tools to help the world’s farmers understand their fields in ways that have never before been possible. The company’s digital agriculture platform, Climate FieldView™, enables farmers to improve productivity, better manage risk and farm more sustainably.
Mike is also an officer of Monsanto and a member of the company’s executive team. Prior to his role at Climate, Mike led Monsanto’s Row Crop Business in the Americas with responsibility for its corn, soy, cotton, specialty crops, licensing and crop protection businesses across the regions. Since joining Monsanto in 1988, Mike has served in leadership roles for a variety of its businesses, including; Vice President, U.S. Seeds and Traits; President, American Seeds; CEO of Renessen LLC, a biotechnology joint venture with Cargill; and Director of Technology, Agricultural Productivity.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Denison University, a master’s in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He began his career as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before starting at Monsanto. He is the author and inventor of more than 50 scientific publications and U.S. patents. He was the recipient of the Monsanto Thomas and Hochwalt Science and Technology Award and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and was also appointed Monsanto Distinguished Science Fellow in 2002.
Mike is actively involved in the St. Louis community, where he serves on the boards of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Monsanto Fund. He has three children, Josh, Jordan and Sam, and lives in both St. Louis and San Francisco, Calif. with his wife, Karen.