Local Bounti co-CEO Travis Joyner leaves post

  • After about a year and a half in the position
  • Anna Fabrega taking over
  • Joyner will remain as Chief Technology Officer at Local Bounti
  • Joyner said 63 words

(exechange) — Hamilton, Montana, May 26, 2023 — Travis Joyner, co-chief executive of Local Bounti, leaves his position. As announced by Local Bounti Corp. in a news release published on Thursday, May 25, 2023, and in a regulatory filing published on Friday, May 26, 2023, Travis M. Joyner leaves his post as co-chief executive officer at the indoor agriculture company, after about a year and a half in the role, effective June 5, 2023.

Craig M. Hurlbert, who serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer, will also leave his post, effective as of June 5, 2023.

Travis Joyner’s and Craig Hurlbert’s duties as co-CEOs will be taken over by Anna Fabrega, most recently Chief Executive Officer at Freshly, LLC, as sole Chief Executive Officer.

“Execute on our growth strategy”

Local Bounti did not give an explicit reason for Travis Joyner’s departure from the co-CEO post. Local Bounti Co-CEO Craig Hurlbert stated: “With Anna as our new CEO, we are poised to expand our reach as we execute on our growth strategy.”

Joyner will remain as CTO at Local Bounti

Local Bounti stated: “Craig Hurlbert, who has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer and principal executive officer and as Chairman and member of the Board since November 2021, will become the Senior Vice President of Strategy of the Company, effective as of June 5, 2023. Mr. Hurlbert will continue to serve as a member of the Board.

Travis Joyner, who has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board since November 2021, will become Chief Technology Officer of the Company, effective as of June 5, 2023. Mr. Joyner will continue to serve as a member of the Board and, effective June 5, 2023, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board.”

Share price decline since May 2022

The announcement follows a decline in Local Bounti Corp.’s share price of 93% since May 2022.

In the position of CEO since 2021

Travis Joyner became CEO of the Company in 2021.

Joyner has served as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board since November 2021.

Joyner co-founded the Company’s predecessor company in August 2018.

Joyner also co-founded BrightMark Partners, LLC, a growth equity and management firm providing capital and resources to venture, growth phase and middle-market businesses, and served as a Managing Partner from January 2014 to March 2021.

At BrightMark Partners, LLC, Joyner was an active director for many portfolio companies, driving with growth plan execution, building core business infrastructure, and leading many successful debt and equity transactions.

His areas of expertise include quantitative analysis, corporate strategy, technology development, market analysis, organizational design structure, market strategy, branding, and capital campaigns. Joyner earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, where his graduate focus was market research and statistics, a Certificate of Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Montana, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, graduating with distinction.

63 words by Travis Joyner

In announcing his departure, Travis Joyner said 63 words.

“A perfect fit”

Travis Joyner stated: “We are thrilled for Anna to join Local Bounti as our new CEO. Her depth in the retail sector and direct experience scaling up operations is a perfect fit for our business. Anna has a keen understanding of how to execute in this operation’s intensive and technologically complex environment, and we look forward to taking Local Bounti’s product offering to the next level.”

40% of CEOs are forced out or fired

When CEO departures are announced, exechange determines the Push-out Score on a scale of 0 to 10 to assess how likely it is that the chief executive was pushed out or felt pressure to leave the position, with 0 being most likely a voluntary move and 10 being most likely a forced exit. Anything over a 5 indicates that there are valid reasons to believe an executive may have been pushed out.

Of the 315 CEO departures in the Russell 3000 Index evaluated over the past 12 months (May 26, 2022, to May 25, 2023), the average Push-out Score was 6.1, according to exechange data. References to conduct issues, disagreements and irregularities lead to the highest Push-out Scores. When performance issues, time with family or pursuit of other opportunities were cited as departure reasons, the average Push-out Scores were also significantly elevated.

Around 40% of the CEO departure events from the past 12 months received Push-out Scores of 8 or higher.

In other words, in the past 12 months, two in five departing CEOs were forced out or fired.

Push-out Score for Travis Joyner’s move determined

The Push-out Score regarding Travis Joyner’s move is explained point by point in the exechange report.

exechange reached out to Local Bounti and offered the company the opportunity to comment on the score.

Read the full story in the exechange report 22.2023 ($).