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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.

We are Fynders.

Driven by curiosity. Optimistic by nature.

Our Values

  • Always find a way

    No matter the challenge, we find a way to persevere. We have total conviction in our long-term purpose, but we’re nimble in how we get there.
  • Bravely challenge convention

    We don’t believe in business as usual. We persistently pursue new and innovative approaches and believe that ideas can and should come from everywhere.
  • Be relentlessly curious

    Inquisitive thought is just as important as having answers. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow—we understand the need to ask questions, listen carefully, and observe always.
  • Leave it better than you found it

    We’re mindful to leave everything we touch better than we found it—whether prioritizing sustainability in the areas where we operate, offering a word of encouragement to a colleague, or providing a challenge to think differently.
  • Act with intention

    The problems we're solving are massive, and our solutions must be equal in ambition. When we make decisions and take action, it’s with real intention and careful consideration.
  • Find strength in diversity

    We believe that gathering a diverse set of viewpoints, life experiences, and team members together makes us better. Diversity helps us see blind spots that need a new perspective, fuel innovation, and solve problems from every angle.

Purpose

A community of resilient self-starters.

Feeding 8 billion people is putting a strain on our planet that it simply can't keep up with. Today over 50% of ice-free land on earth and 50% of the water in the U.S. is used to support livestock. By 2040 global demand for dairy is expected to increase by 50% and meat by 60%. This is not sustainable. Together we can stop the cycle of supply and demand with food choices that nourish people and nurture the planet.

Mission

We create amazing
foods that nourish
people and nurture
the planet.

Leadership

Origin Story

NASA-supported
research in Yellowstone
led us to an entirely new
source of complete
protein.

Ready to make an impact?
We won't sugarcoat it. Putting in the work to make real change isn't easy but we choose to do it because we're driven by our purpose to make a difference. With optimism, passion, and dedication on our side, we know we can make a positive impact on our global food system.