Our Executive Team

 

Robert U. Craven – CEO – Robert is the passionate CEO of FoodState® and has worked for Procter & Gamble, Boston Scientific, and The Hackett Group, where he was a lead business best-practices strategist. He entered the natural industry as CEO of Garden of Life ten years ago, and led them to the #14 spot on the Inc. magazine list of fastest-growing private companies. He later partnered with natural industry pioneer Jethren Phillips, founder of Spectrum Organic Products, to successfully build a high-growth organic ingredients business. Robert can be followed on twitter @RobertUCraven.  Learn More…

Richard Lafond – VP of Research & Development – Richard is the VP of Research & Development at FoodState® and has been since 1986. He has over 30 years experience in the health foods & supplements industry. Richard’s most significant contribution has been the development and management of the research & development team and the FoodState® Slo-Food Process™. This five-year project resulted in the creation of over thirty new proprietary FoodState Nutrients that serve as the basis for our whole food supplements today.  Learn More…

Elsa Pombeiro – CFO Elsa is the dedicated CFO of FoodState® and has been since 1999. Prior to FoodState®, Elsa worked for KPMG, BioSan Laboratories, Ernst & Young, Whistler Corporation.  Learn More…

Roger Peterson – VP of Sales Roger is responsible for ensuring flawless execution of both the MegaFood and Innate Response franchises. Roger brings to this position over 30 years of industry experience… Consumer Packaged Goods, Phrama, Beauty and Dental. After a successful 24 year career at J&J, Roger’s most recent assignment was Vice President of Field Sales for COTY Beauty, based in NYC. Roger offers diversity in experience, having held positions within multiple functional areas – Sales, Sales Leadership, Marketing (customer, brand and payer), Operations, Sales Training, and Analytics.

Sara Newmark – VP of Social Impact – Sara leads our Social Responsibility and Sustainability efforts, as well as Industry and Regulatory affairs. She ensures that all actions at FoodState live up to the company’s high standards of ecological stewardship, from ingredient supply chain transparency and packaging to the company’s efforts to improve lives and inspire others.

Jean Lizotte – VP of Brand  Jean is the VP of Brand, and is responsible for developing and overseeing the FoodState® identity. Jean has previously worked as VP of Marketing for WellPet for 8 years. In addition she has served in various marketing roles at NewKidCo, Alpha Software & ModuForm Inc.  Learn More…

Stephanie Manners – Director of the People Team – Stephanie leads the team that finds and keeps great people for FoodState by improving their lives and inspiring others. As an HR generalist with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, she has broad experience in talent management, compensation, benefits planning, and people stuff. She has been a senior leader in HR for three privately-owned companies during significant growth spurts. Prior to joining FoodState, she enjoyed working for other CPG companies such as The Life is Good Company and Stonyfield Farms.

Steve Inamorati – VP of Operations  Steve is the VP of Operations at FoodState®. Steve previously spent 22 years with Stonyfield Farm in various positions within the supply chain and operations teams, ultimately landing as the VP Operations.  Learn More…

Ed Boyle – Director of Insights and Technology – Ed, our Digital Leader, is responsible for defining and guiding FoodState’s Information Technology, Master Data and Business Intelligence vision and strategy. Ed has global experience across Government, Pharma, Food & Beverage, and Health, Wellness and Fitness industries and has served in a number of senior IT roles with the US Air Force, Kaye Instruments, General Electric, Danone, and Greencore.