SenesTech inc. CEO Ken Siegel plans to retire at the end of 2022 and his successor has been named. Joel Fruendt is a seasoned Managing Director, with over 15 years of leadership experience in the vector and pest control industry, including serving as Vice President and General Manager of Clarke Environment Inc.
According to a press release, Fruendt “brings extensive expertise in developing and manufacturing EPA-registered chemical control products, marketing and selling these products, and leading large sales and service organizations. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of a global manufacturing company in the reflective technology and safety industry, where he led their successful revenue and profit growth. through innovation and efficiency initiatives.
Siegel will remain executive director and consultant during the transition period for SenesTech, which manufactures the rodent contraceptive product ContraPest.
“Over the past three and a half years, we have laid the foundation for the successful commercialization of ContraPest,” Siegel said in the press release. “We have completed the necessary fieldwork, improved product performance and delivery, initiated the necessary awareness in the commercial end-user market, and strengthened our relationships with pest control partners. This is the perfect time for Joel to bring his unique skills and experience to deepen these relationships and take ContraPest to the next level.
Founded in 2003 by two animal-loving scientists, Drs. Loretta Mayer and Pat Hoyer, Flagstaff, Ariz. SenesTech, based in Flagstaff, has developed an innovative method to manage animal populations through fertility control.
Its flagship product, ContraPest, targets the reproductive abilities of both sexes in rat populations, inducing egg loss in female rats and impairing sperm development in males. Using a proprietary bait delivery method, ContraPest is dispensed in a palatable liquid formulation that promotes sustained consumption by rat communities. It is designed, formulated and distributed to be low risk to handlers and non-target species such as wildlife, livestock and pets, where the active ingredients break down quickly. ContraPest is currently the only contraceptive for male and female rats registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency.