Elo Life Systems, a food and agriculture company with a mission to improve human health and wellness, announced that Alec Hayes, Ph.D., has joined Elo Life Systems as vice president of technology and products. In his role, Alec will be responsible for Elo’s research and development pipeline and strategic expansion of Elo’s integrated suite of capabilities to enable accelerated product development.

Prior to joining Elo, Hayes served as the technical director of agricultural technologies at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. There, he helped drive long-term strategic opportunities in beverage innovation and address agricultural supply chain challenges. Prior to that, Hayes held technical leadership roles at PepsiCo and Altria and brings over 20 years of industry experience in translational agriculture, developing plant-based strategies to advance consumer-focused product solutions. 

Hayes holds a Ph.D. in plant molecular genetics from Virginia Tech.