Heliae Adds to Leadership Team


Pioneering food and ag tech company Heliae is adding Barbara Freund and Stephanie Schwartz to their senior staff.

Gilbert, AZ-based Heliae has announced the addition of two senior staff to its growing team. Barbara Freund joins as Chief Financial Officer, bringing more than 30 years of extensive financial and leadership experience. Prior to Heliae, Barbara served as CFO at Road Machinery, a Mitsui company, where she was a key steward of growth. She has also been in the leadership tier as CFO at Lawrence Semiconductor Laboratories, ATMI, as well as Innovian where she also served on the board of directors. Barbara is a C.P.A and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Arizona State University. 

Also joining Heliae as Human Resources Director is Stephanie Schwartz, a human resource leader and corporate training specialist for more than 20 years. Stephanie brings exceptional experience in the management, direction and leadership of HR operations, benefits administration, budget management, and strategic HR business planning. Prior to joining Heliae, Stephanie served as the Director of Human Resources at Aerostar Group. She has been instrumental in shaping the corporate cultures and employer brands of Global Water Management, Choice Hotels International and Best Western International where she led human resources and training functions. Stephanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Arizona State University.

“We are excited to have Barbara and Stephanie join Heliae and support our mission to give our planet its first, best chance for sustainable impact from the soil up,” said Eric Lichtenheld, President and CEO of Heliae. “They complement our purpose-oriented culture, and we believe their contributions will help us take bigger leaps forward. Heliae’s ability to attract world class talent is crucial to realizing the company’s goals.”

Heliae Development, LLC is a pioneering food and ag tech company located outside of Phoenix, in Gilbert, Arizona. Heliae focuses on researching and developing microalgae for commercial scale production of products and solutions that create world changing impacts. Heliae® Agriculture is on the path of understanding how a balanced soil microbiome improves plant vigor and marketable yields under stressed conditions, helping growers transition to regenerative agriculture practices.

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