40 Under 40, Class of 2015

Angelica Cretu


Costa Farms, Miami, Florida

Job Title

Director of Research and Development


Helped put together the team and created processes to allow the flow of information from R&D to production, marketing and sales departments. Collaborates with breeding companies to make critical product selections for less day-length sensitive plants, disease resistance, heat tolerance and drought tolerance.


007 Fan: Angelica is a big admirer of James Bond films. “I like the action and the fact that reality is combined with fantasy and very interesting and futuristic gadgets.”

Fun Facts

What’s Cookin’? “I am Romanian and I love Romanian food. I like to cook and share Romanian dishes with my friends and can make very good stuffed cabbage and stuffed grape leaves.”