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Christian Schiller, Co-Founder & CEO at cirplus
Christian has set himself the goal of unleashing the full potential of the circular economy. Ever since his legs got tangled in a carpet of plastic waste off the coast of Colombia in January 2018, he has been concentrating all his energy on making our handling of recyclables completely sustainable. Before that, he spent more than four years building the German site of the world’s largest digital car-sharing platform, BlaBlaCar, which today has more than 65 million users.
David Bermeo, Co- Founder & Executive President at Terrafertil / NATURE’S HEART
Ecuador-born Bermeo is an ex-Wall-street banker. His dream was to become a successful entrepreneur – and make a difference for the country and its people. His intuition, courage and skill have borne fruit.
In 2005, alongside his two brothers, David co-founded Terrafertil with the idea of sharing unique products from Latin America with the world and bringing the highest quality natural foods from around the world to Latin America. With state of the art manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, a team of over 400 people, and distribution of their products in over 30 countries, Terrafertil has grown to be one of the largest natural foods companies in Latin America. In 2018 Nestlé acquired a majority stake in Terrafertil, and David continues to run the company as an independent unit with his brother Raul.
Dirk Schmidt, General Manager and Partner at Bösch Boden Spies
In June 1998, the second generation of the Schmidt owners joined the company in the person of Dirk Schmidt. Dirk started his career at Bösch Boden Spies in the Frozen Fruit Department. From 2002 onwards, he became responsible for the newly founded concentrate department and developed this new unit to a significant new business section for BBS. Dirk became a Managing Partner in 2006 , succeeding his father. As the general manager for the Frozen & concentrate business he continued the strong growth of both business units. In addition, the growing need for transparency and security led him to the establishment of a separate Quality Management department in 2008. Dirk is now working on the constant digitalization of the company besides his overall responsibilities for the Finance, Controlling & IT side of the business.
Dirk had begun his business career at Krahn Chemie GmbH in Hamburg in 1991 with an apprenticeship as a wholesale and export merchant. After completing his training, he gained sales experience for two years before completing his studies and a degree in business management with a focus on corporate management and controlling, which laid the foundation for his entry into the family business.
Mark Jansen, CEO and President at Blue Diamond Growers
Mark Jansen was selected by the Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors to become President and Chief Executive Officer on October 4, 2010. With a unique understanding of the branded retail and food service business, Jansen’s career achievements include leading the brand growth for Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Red Baron, Freschetta, Wolfgang Puck, Tony’s and Minh.
Prior to joining Blue Diamond®, Jansen was president of Schwan’s Food Service in Marshall, Minnesota, where he led the profitable turnaround of the division. He also worked for the Pillsbury Company, Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. and General Mills, Inc.
Jansen received his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in 1994.
He currently serves on the Executive Council for the California Chamber of Commerce, is on the Executive Council for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, is a Director for the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Learning.
Maxence de Royer, Vice President Strategy & Business Development at Nestlé Zone Americas
Maxence de Royer has been working with Nestlé for 10 years and is no Vice President Strategy & Business Development Zone Americas and responsible for strategic planning, business development, M&A, innovation and sustainability. Spending for years in Mexico for Nestlé, Maxence was heading the strategic development of the group in Mexico and driving its growth agenda. He is also a Board member of Terrafertil Maxico, which has been part of Nestlé since 2018. Prior to his time at Nestlé, Maxence worked as a strategy consultant for Roland Berger from 2008-2010 and L.E.K. Consultung in 2005-2008. He acquired his Master’s Degree in Commerce at ESSCA- Ecole supériere des Sciences commerciales d’Angers and his Master’s Degree in International Business ar the University of Melbourne.
Michael Rund, General Manager and Partner at Bösch Boden Spies
Michael Rund joined Bösch Boden Spies in 1990 as a sales merchant. Before that, Michael completed his apprenticeship in 1985 in foreign trade and made a career in sales at the Hamburg company Martha Bünger (import, packaging, and processing of dried fruit and nuts).
In 1996, Michael was appointed third partner at Bösch Boden Spies. To enhance the company’s product expertise, additional new departments such as Marketing, Business Development as well as Product Development were created under the leadership of Michael. Today, these departments support the sales team and our customers and suppliers with analyses, communication and product concepts, as well as turnkey multi-channel campaigns. Michael is focused with on the evaluation of new long-term partnerships with suppliers all over the world and by that analyzing the global sourcing opportunities.
Niccolo Manzoni – Founding Partner – Five Seasons Ventures
Niccolò has been investing in Food Tech since 2014, and created and managed a portfolio of 10 high-profile Food Tech companies, including Impossible Foods, Clara Foods, Beyond Meat, JUST, Perfect Day and Clear Labs, as part of a leading European family office. His experience includes sourcing, diligence and growth strategy for early stage companies in Food Tech and, more broadly, in tech.
Previously, he was Project Manager at strategy consulting firm Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), focusing on food ingredients, healthcare, consumer and industrial goods, across strategic marketing and organisational engagements. Prior to that, he worked as part of the McKinsey & Co. Management Matters initiative on management best practices and their impact on productivity and efficiency in the public (healthcare and education) and private (manufacturing) sectors.
Niccolò holds a BSc in Management from Bocconi University and an MSc in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University.
Dr. Philipp Stradtmann, General Manager at Bösch Boden Spies
As General manager in the management board of Bösch Boden Spies Philipp is responsible for Sales, Supply, Development and Logistics. He’s an entrepreneurial senior executive with experience in various industries (Food, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, e-Business) in combination with global players and hidden champions.
After completing his diploma in Media Management at the Hannover University of Music, Drama & Media Philipp Stradtmann started his professional career in e-Business as a project manager at iXL, a US-stock-market noted global e-Commerce agency network. Later he worked as a Managing Director for Pixelpark AG and Director eBusiness at US-Agency-Network Interpublic Group (IPG). 2004 he started working for the family-owned Oetker Group, where he was responsible for the following 10 years as managing directors in various companies in the B-to-B-food-division. 2010 he finished his PhD in strategic marketing at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). In 2014 he switched into healthcare business by joining HARTMANN medicale textile daughter company Karl Otto Braun (KOB) as CEO. In 2018 he came back to food by entering Bösch Boden Spies als general manager.