REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Impossible Foods announced today the addition of two seasoned executives to its leadership team to oversee several critical business functions.
Veteran industrial biotechnology leader Sunil Chandran is joining Impossible Foods as its Chief Science Officer to oversee the company’s R&D and innovation departments, with a focus on improving Impossible’s existing products and introducing new innovations to its product portfolio. Chandran joins Impossible from Amyris Inc., where he spent more than 17 years bringing new fermentation-derived ingredients to market, most recently as its Chief Science Officer and Head of R&D.
Accomplished supply chain leader Rob Haas is joining Impossible Foods as its Chief Supply Chain Officer, where he’ll oversee all parts of Impossible’s supply chain, from ingredient sourcing to dynamic forecasting. A 30+ year industry veteran with experience in the U.S., APAC and Western Europe, Haas brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience from Anheuser Busch InBev, where he served as the Global VP of Ingredients, Supply Chain as well as the CEO and President of Metal Container Corporation, an AB InBev subsidiary. Most recently, Haas was the Chief Supply Officer at EverGrain Ingredients, a sustainable ingredient company created and backed by AB InBev to upcycle its barley grains into high quality, nutritious ingredients and plant proteins.
“Sunil and Rob are exceptional leaders who know how to run critical business functions at scale,” said Peter McGuinness, president and CEO of Impossible Foods. “In addition to the depth and breadth of their expertise, they’re also both genuinely motivated by our mission and want to help us succeed in service of that. I’m excited to usher in this next phase of growth under their leadership.”
The hires follow several key executive appointments for Impossible Foods in the past six months as it continues to invest in its leadership team and growth strategy. In January, the company welcomed its first Chief Demand Officer, Sherene Jagla(opens in a new tab), as well as its first Chief Marketing and Creative Officer, Leslie Sims(opens in a new tab). Earlier this month, Sims launched a major summer marketing effort with the introduction of two new national ad campaigns(opens in a new tab) designed to welcome consumers into the plant-based category and introduce them to Impossible products.
About Impossible Foods:
Impossible Foods is on a mission to positively impact people and the planet by making delicious, nutritious meat from plants with a fraction of the environmental footprint of meat from animals. The privately-held food company was founded in 2011 to combat climate change by taking a scientific approach to making the world’s best meat — from plants. Every nugget, burger, and patty we sell uses less land and water and generates less greenhouse gas emissions compared to the animal version. We make plant-based chicken, beef, and pork products for every meal — breakfast, lunch and dinner — with a goal of replicating the flavors, textures, and cooking characteristics that meat eaters crave.
Impossible Foods products are designed in California, produced in California and the Midwest, and are available in the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit impossiblefoods.com(opens in a new tab) and follow us on Instagram(opens in a new tab), Twitter(opens in a new tab) and LinkedIn(opens in a new tab) for updates.
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