Do Good Foods, a new climate-forward consumer packaged goods company created to fight food waste and combat climate change, announced its newly-established executive team consisting of top talent from industry giants.
The Bedminster-based company, which officially launched in August after five years in the making by co-founders and co-CEOs Justin and Matthew Kamine, is a large-scale infrastructure solution for the huge problem of food waste in this country.
The team brings more than five decades of collective experience in building, selling and growing well-known consumer food brands, and was assembled by the Kamines based on their professional experiences in CPG and manufacturing, and their passion for doing better for the planet.
“The future of food is climate, and that’s why Do Good Foods puts climate, culture and consumers at the center of everything we do,” the Kamines said. “That means building a team of the best and brightest talent who share our values of doing good for people and the planet. Our focus is in creating best-in-class products that lets consumers know they finally have a real way to make an impact with their food choices.”
In addition to chief strategist Sam Kass, former White House chef and nutrition policy adviser to President Barack Obama, and Barry Starkman, chief manufacturing officer, the leadership team is as follows:
- Chief Financial Officer Zahir Ibrahim: Ibrahim brings over 30 years of financial and business leadership experience, including recent roles as CFO of KIND Snacks and Annie’s, where he oversaw critical functions at these early-stage companies, driving significant business growth and delivering value creation through M&A transactions as the companies evolved into some of the most iconic well-being brands on the market.
- Chief Marketing Officer Sheridan Budin: Budin comes from over 20 years in brand, innovation and strategy management. She left her role as founder and head of Nestlé’s Boulder Innovation outpost to lead brand development of Do Good Foods and the fully integrated marketing campaign for Do Good Chicken. Prior to her time at Nestlé, Budin also spent time at Procter & Gamble for top health care brands.
- Chief Sales Officer Bob Davenport: Most recently the director of sales for George’s, Davenport brings more than 20 years of experience in the poultry industry, including 17 years with Tyson Foods.
- Chief Manufacturing Officer Barry Starkman: Bringing more than 25 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing large-scale infrastructure projects, including overseeing the construction and operation of state-of-the-art facilities for Genentech and Merck, Starkman is responsible for the oversight of Do Good Foods’ facility operations.
- Chief Sustainability Officer Catherine Greener: With over 20 years of significant experience counseling and leading large corporations and organizations, including Xanterra Travel Collection, Rocky Mountain Institute and Saatchi & Saatchi Sustainability Services on operationalizing sustainability, Greener leads Do Good Foods’ initiatives as a sustainability leader addressing climate change and waste reduction.
- Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Erickson: Erickson brings a 25-year track record of leading HR teams, recruiting top talent and building best-in-class programs to foster culture, diversity and inclusion at global companies, including Ingersoll-Rand, Trane Technologies, Elementis and Signature Aviation.
- In-house counsel David Buffa: Buffa joins Do Good Foods with extensive experience in representing global financial institutions, startups and executives on a wide range of regulatory, advisory and litigation matters, along with experience in-house designing and implementing compliance programs for the largest bank in the U.S.