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Thomas Jonas

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas was most recently president of two business units of MeadWestvaco, overseeing 15 operating plants around the world with annual sales over $700 million. A seasoned global executive, he's held senior leadership positions at Rio Tinto, Alcan, and Pechiney. Thomas graduated from HEC Paris and also served as an officer in the French Air Force.

Dr. Mark Kozubal

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Kozubal is a leading expert in extremophile organisms—organisms that can survive in extreme conditions. He's discovered numerous new species and published extensively in the space, as well as collaborated with top research organizations including NASA, The National Science Foundation, the USDA, the EPA, and the Department of the Interior. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Geomicrobiology from Montana State University and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Matthew Strongin

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew brings extensive experience in start-up commercialization, financing, and strategy to the company. Previously he was an investor at First Green Partners—an early-stage venture capital firm founded in partnership with global private equity firm Warburg Pincus—where he focused on investments in food/agriculture, energy, and chemicals. He began his career in investment banking and holds a degree in physics from Carleton College.

Karuna Rawal

Chief Marketing Officer

Karuna joined Nature's Fynd from Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett, where she was President and Groupe Client Lead over a portfolio of their key global clients. She brings over two decades of experience in brand management & shopper marketing across the retail, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods categories. Karuna was also Lead Strategist on the internationally successful #LikeAGirl campaign from P&G brand Always, which won 14 Cannes Lions in 2015, as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Television Commercial.

Jim Millis

Chief Technology Officer

A veteran senior executive with expertise in molecular biology, chemical catalysis, and industrial biotechnology (specifically fermentation), Jim brings a thirty-year career as an entrepreneurial leader. Previously he's held management positions at Cargill's Industrial Bioproducts unit and Draths, a renewable chemicals company. Most recently, Jim served as CTO of BioAmber, overseeing the development, scale-up, and commercial implementation of a fermentation technology.

Press and Media

Press Release

Sus­tain­able Bio­prod­ucts pre­pares for com­mer­cial launch with team of vet­er­an food and biotech executives

Exec­u­tives with expe­ri­ence from Kraft, P&G, Leo Bur­nett, Lan­za­T­e­ch and Cargill join alter­na­tive pro­tein company’s Board of Direc­tors and lead­er­ship team

CHICA­GO, August 13, 2019 — Sus­tain­able Bio­prod­ucts (SBP), a food com­pa­ny seek­ing to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the alter­na­tive pro­tein mar­ket with break­through biotech­nol­o­gy, is bol­ster­ing its Board of Direc­tors and man­age­ment team with lead­ing food and biotech exec­u­tives. These indus­try vet­er­ans will bring unpar­al­leled exper­tise to the com­pa­ny in both mar­ket­ing con­sumer prod­ucts and scal­ing biotech­nol­o­gy as SBP pre­pares for the com­mer­cial launch of its products. 

The most recent UN report on cli­mate change and food rein­forces the urgency to dras­ti­cal­ly rethink our cur­rent pro­tein sup­ply chain,” said Co-founder and CEO Thomas Jonas. The good news is that we’ve dis­cov­ered in nature a solu­tion to this chal­lenge and have devel­oped a break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy to scale it. Today, we’re accel­er­at­ing our efforts by assem­bling a team of top exec­u­tives with expe­ri­ence run­ning some of the world’s most suc­cess­ful food and biotech com­pa­nies. These thought part­ners will be invalu­able as we con­tin­ue on our mis­sion to cre­ate deli­cious, inno­v­a­tive foods that are just as good for you as they are for our planet.” 

For­mer Kraft Foods CEO Tony Ver­non has joined SBP’s Board of Direc­tors. In his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ver­non over­saw Kraft Foods Group’s spin-off from the com­pa­ny now known as Mon­delēz Inter­na­tion­al. He also served on the board of White­Wave Foods – the com­pa­ny behind house­hold alter­na­tive pro­tein brands Silk and So Deli­cious. White­Wave was acquired by Danone, an SBP investor, in 2017. Pri­or to Kraft, Mr. Ver­non spent over 20 years with John­son & John­son in lead­er­ship roles at McNeil Con­sumer Health­care, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Nutri­tion­als. His deep expe­ri­ence also includes serv­ing on the board of McCormick & Com­pa­ny, a glob­al leader in fla­vor as well as the boards of sev­er­al biotech startups. 

Lan­za­T­e­ch CEO Jen­nifer Holm­gren has also joined SBP’s Board of Direc­tors. Dr. Holm­gren brings deep exper­tise in the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of renew­able tech­nolo­gies and biotech. This year, on the heels of a suc­cess­ful glob­al com­mer­cial­iza­tion effort with part­ners in Chi­na, Fast Com­pa­ny named Lan­za­T­e­ch among the World’s Most Inno­v­a­tive Com­pa­nies for its car­bon recy­cling tech­nol­o­gy. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Dr. Holm­gren spent 22 years at Honeywell/​UOP where she found­ed and ran their Renew­able Ener­gy and Chem­i­cals divi­sion. A mem­ber of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing, Dr. Holm­gren holds a Ph.D. in chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Karuna Raw­al has joined SBP as Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer. Pre­vi­ous­ly Pres­i­dent, Groupe Client Lead at Leo Burnett/​Publicis Groupe, Ms. Raw­al was the lead strate­gist for Proc­ter & Gamble’s Emmy Award-win­ning “#LikeA­Girl” cam­paign. A sea­soned sto­ry­teller with more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence build­ing icon­ic food brands at P&G and at Leo Bur­nett, she will launch and mar­ket new alter­na­tive pro­tein lines for SBP.

Jim Mil­lis has joined the com­pa­ny as Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer. An indus­tri­al biotech vet­er­an, Mr. Mil­lis has served as CTO of BioAm­ber and, ear­li­er, Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor of Indus­tri­al Bio­prod­ucts at Cargill. With a proven track record in bring­ing first-of-its-kind tech­nolo­gies to indus­tri­al scale, Mr. Mil­lis over­sees SBP’s R&D, engi­neer­ing, and man­u­fac­tur­ing efforts. 

Andrew Chung, Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner at 1955 Cap­i­tal and an SBP board direc­tor, said, The explod­ing glob­al demand for alter­na­tive pro­teins shows that con­sumers are open to and crav­ing health­i­er and more diverse food choic­es.” Mr. Chung added, SBP’s ver­sa­tile pro­teins will unlock new pos­si­bil­i­ties in ani­mal-free foods with­in this fast-grow­ing mar­ket. We are excit­ed about the company’s progress and the very expe­ri­enced, glob­al­ly-mind­ed team assem­bled to bring SBP’s prod­ucts to market.”