Hugh Haydon

Hugh Haydon has been president of Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP) since it was acquired by Reynolds American (RAI) in January 2014.

He served as KBP’s chairman and chief executive officer from the company’s founding in April 2006 until its acquisition by RAI. Under his direction, KBP has built a global network of collaborators and established itself as a leading producer of proteins and other products expressed or otherwise produced in tobacco plants.

Haydon’s experience prior to the founding of KBP includes serving as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s commissioner of economic development and as executive vice president of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm focused on identifying and commercializing promising technologies.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Haydon continues to serve his home state as chair of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board and is also a former chair of the Kentucky BioAlliance.