The Performance Plants Management Team

Meet Our Executives

Performance Plants Inc. is made up of renowned scientists and managers with varied backgrounds and expertise in all aspects of the company’s business practices, from gene discovery and agronomy through to business management. Proven leaders in development of agricultural biotechnology in the company, their  expertise is grounded in a solid understanding of the needs of both farmers and consumer markets.


Dr. Yafan HuangDr. Yafan Huang, Ph.D, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Performance Plants

Dr. Huang is the head of Performance Plants Inc., and is responsible for the overall science, technology and commercial development of the company. Dr. Huang is one of the key inventors of over 86 patent applications of Performance Plants, and his profound international credibility in plant science has made strong contribution to his role as the President of the company, where he has successfully built many commercial partnerships.


Dr. Jiangxin WanDr. Jiangxin Wan, Ph.D, Director of Research, Performance Plants

Dr. Wan oversees the company’s R&D program, and also maintains research collaboration with external research organizations to enhance the company’s IP development, as well as coordinates collaborative work with PPI’s international commercial partners for development of PPI’s technologies in crop plants.



Jo Ann Hamilton Varey, Performance PlantsJo Ann Hamilton Varey, CPA, CADirector of Finance, Performance Plants

Ms. Hamilton Varey has extensive experience with manufacturing industries and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, specializing in fixed assets, manufactured costing and project controls.