Ceres Partners, an investment manager focused on food and agriculture, has added Rick Bodio as managing director, private equity investments.

Bodio will work to drive the build out of the firm’s private equity strategy in food and agriculture investments. Bodio joins Ceres Partners from his role as deputy chief investment officer at Manulife Investment Management, Agriculture. During his tenure at Manulife, he helped lead the agricultural investment strategy for the company’s global portfolio and focused on investing in middle market companies in the agribusiness space.

“Rick’s breadth of experience sets him apart in this industry,” says Perry Vieth, Ceres Partners founder and CEO. “He brings a seasoned perspective that will immediately add value to our private equity investments and successfully guide our subsequent funds.”