AGRONOMISTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS
Cacao Oro’s management team is fully-integrated with dedicated agronomists and environmental sustainability experts who have several decades of experience. In Nicaragua, the team is run by the Ponçon group, a French-American family group, which is the owner and operator of diversified agro-industrial companies for more than four decades.
Clement Poncon, based in Nicaragua since 1974, has 45 years of experience developing large-scale agricultural projects throughout Latin America. Leonel Rojas and Giff Laube together have 30 years of experience managing tropical permanent-crop operations, including coffee and cocoa production and processing. Our group’s experience includes one of the largest coffee producers in Nicaragua. This coffee operation is based on the La Cumplida farm in the region of Matagalpa. The group was the first to obtain a sustainable certification in Nicaragua and currently maintains UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, FSC, and other independent certifications.
Responsible for the operational and strategic development of the Company. He works full time in Nicaragua and has been an investor in the Simplemente Madera and Agroforestal companies with members of the Ponçon Group since 2005. He has an international banking and business background with a B.A. from Lawrence University, USA and masters’ in finance and business administration from Universidad de Cádiz / Formato Educativo, Spain.
Arnold participated as CEO of Simplemente Madera Group for 15 years, including overseeing the groups logging operation on the farm before starting the cocoa plantations. Arnold was highly involved in the early conceptual stages of the project and has a strong understanding of the social and political dynamics. He is currently contributing in the design of the Cocoa Out-grower program.
Clement PonconVP Operations
Owner and operator of one of the largest coffee producers in Nicaragua, which is also one of the largest producers of arabica coffee in Latin America. At Cacao Oro de Nicaragua, Mr. Ponçon is responsible for the planning and development of the cocoa plantations and related operations. He has lived and worked in Nicaragua since 1974 and holds a degree in Agronomy from the University of Toulouse, France.
Eric PonconStrategic Advisor
Founding partner of Ecom Nicaragua and member of the global board of ECOM - SMS Sustainable Management Services. Member of the board of directors of World Coffee Research and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Finance from Cornell University, USA.
David GlossingerVP MARKETING AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Glossinger has been involved with Agroforestal and Simplemente Madera Group in Nicaragua as an investor and advisor since 2005. He is responsible for finance, accounting, tax and services for external investors for the Company. He holds marketing and management degrees from the University of Ashland, USA, and holds CFA and CLU designations.
Leonel RojasGeneral Manager
Mr. Rojas is the general manager of the La Rosita farm with full responsibility for its operations. He has more than 20 years working as a corporate administrator and accountant with an emphasis in agriculture. Mr. Rojas has degrees in business administration from the Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua, in public accounting and finance from the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales, and in accounting from the Instituto Técnico Juan de Dios Muñoz, Nicaragua.
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Board of directors
The Board includes owners of both private and public multinational companies, including a global leader in the coffee and cocoa sourcing and supply chain.
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The investment group includes people with both broad emerging-market, agricultural investment experience as well as international financial markets backgrounds.
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Finca La Rosita,
Rosita, RACCN, Nicaragua