Impossible Foods adds Christiana Figueres to its Board of Directors

– USA, CA –  Impossible Foods Inc. today announced the appointment of Christiana Figueres to its board of directors.

“Christiana has tremendous influence as a global leader in the movement to avert catastrophic climate change,” said CEO and Founder, Dr. Patrick Brown. “We are thrilled to have her guidance as we pursue our essential environmental mission, especially as we accelerate our international expansion. Her experience and insights into working with the global community on climate change solutions will be invaluable in our fight to save the planet.”

In addition to Figueres, Impossible Foods’ board members include:

  • Pat Brown, Impossible Foods’ CEO, Founder, and Chairman of the Board
  • Fedele Bauccio, CEOand Co-founder of Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Samir Kaul, Founding Partner and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures
  • John Marren, Senior Managing Director, North America, of Singapore-based global investment company Temasek
  • Tal Ronnen, Founder and Chef of Los Angeles-based Crossroads Kitchen and author of the New York Times bestseller The Conscious Cook
  • Bart Swanson, Advisor at Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based private investment fund of Mr. Li Ka-Shing
  • Vanessa Wittman, CFO, Glossier
  • Mary Beth Laughton, President & CEO, Athleta

About Christiana Figueres

An internationally renowned leader on global climate change policy, Christiana Figueres has decades of experience in collaborative diplomacy. She is currently a Founding Partner at the Global Optimism Group, which works to build a resilient mindset around the climate crisis, and inspires leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society, and grassroots groups to join the cause.

Previously, Christiana Figueres was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, where she rebuilt global climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009 and brought together governments, corporations, activists, financial institutions, and NGOs to deliver the unprecedented Paris Agreement of 2015.

“I’ve devoted my career to fighting climate change with optimism and collaboration, and joining the board of Impossible Foods enables me to amplify my lifelong environmental advocacy,” said Christiana Figueres. “The company’s innovative and market-driven approach empowers people to be part of the solution to our climate crisis.”

About Impossible Foods

Based in California’s Silicon Valley, Impossible Foods makes delicious, nutritious meat and dairy products from plants — with a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. The privately held food tech startup was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Stanford University, and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Investors include Mirae Asset Global Investments, Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and Open Philanthropy Project.

Impossible Foods was Inc. Magazine’s company of the year and one of Time Magazine’s 50 Genius companies. The flagship product, Impossible Burger, was named top plant-based burger by the New York Times and received the Food and Beverage Award from the National Restaurant Association.

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