|Gregg Kelley joined California Olive Ranch (COR) in 2006 as its chief financial officer and was promoted to his current position in November 2007. During his tenure, Kelley has led the company’s rapid expansion from a single ranch-and-mill operation to an entity that manages more than 8,000 acres of super high density (SHD) olive orchards and a burgeoning milling capacity. Under his leadership, COR has grown to produce over 40% of California’s certified extra virgin olive oil and to lead the world in the use of SHD cultivation and mechanized harvesting of olives.
Prior to his arrival at COR, he served as chief financial officer for high-growth public and privately-held Silicon Valley manufacturing and service-based businesses. His extensive experience includes work at IBM, Silicon Storage, Beyond Corp. and Zing Network. He has closed more than $300 million in public and private equity financings, established debt financings totaling more than $100 million, and completed worldwide acquisitions valued at more than $200 million.
A graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in business administration, Kelley serves on the board of the California Olive Oil Council and the advisory board at the UC Davis Olive Center.