People

Supply Chain Jeff Arnold

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Jeff has more than 20 years of experience and has worked in every segment of supply-chain management, from operations to plant management to logistics. He has led the formation of company-wide supply-chain strategies and has worked with businesses around the world. He is a great resource: He understands the issues faced by growing businesses, whether those issues are related to products, categories or the geographies in which they compete.

Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. Jeff loves biking, skiing and competing in triathlons.

e-Commerce Chris Tutor

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Chris has broad experience in consumer-brand marketing, working with brands such as Gatorade and Bear Naked granola. Throughout his career, Chris’ main areas of focus have been in digital marketing, e-commerce and working with startups. In fact, Chris recently led the formation of an in-house business that markets, sells and delivers natural foods directly to consumers. Chris’ background with entrepreneurs, and his extensive experience building brands, make him an invaluable part of the team.

Chris graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree. Chris is also a travel and sports enthusiast.

Marketing Yuvraj Arora

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Yuvraj is passionate about building global brands and developing new products. He has managed both processes for large and small consumer-oriented businesses around the world. Most recently Yuvraj has focused on developing long-term strategies for brands and innovation. He is most interested in driving awareness and growth by identifying trends early and capitalizing on them.

Yuvraj has a degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Delhi. Yuvraj is also passionate about Manchester United and playing golf, usually poorly.

Innovation Jon Agay

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Jon's experience extends across innovation, brand marketing and advertising. He has worked in various innovation and marketing roles in several categories, including breakfast foods, snacks and frozen foods. He has a passion for pushing boundaries and unleashing creative thinking; specifically, he has implemented new ways of working that unlock fresh insights and breakthrough ideas.

Jon has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. Jon enjoys playing sports with his children, being a relentlessly optimistic Chicago Cubs fan, and waiting until the last credits of every Marvel movie to see if there’s a second secret scene.

Research & Development John Kepplinger

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John brings a passion for product development to the team. His experience extends across many food-related categories, including snacks, baked products and breakfast foods. Currently John serves as a lead for both the development of an innovation pipeline and open innovation activities.

John received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in food chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He loves scuba diving and fishing for tarpon, and he is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.

Counsel Jane Jeannero

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Jane practices law in-house, consulting on advertising, marketing and intellectual property for the food industry. Her experience includes product innovation in consumer packaged and durable goods, and brand development in manufacturing, retail and e-commerce.

A third-generation Michigan Wolverine, Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cooley Law School. She is a passionate college football fan. During the bleaker times, before and after football season, Jane loves hiking and biking through national parks.

Sales Jessica Waller

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Jessica loves to challenge the status quo and find new ways of winning in the marketplace. She is particularly passionate about driving multiple-channel strategies and sales execution to ensure maximum consumer reach. She has a wealth of sales management experience across multiple channels, including grocery, mass, dollar stores, discount stores, drugstores and club.

Jessica is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s food marketing program. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and even plans family vacations around what will be available for dinner. She enjoys helping others and is inspired by her family, which includes six children and five rescued animals.

Fund Management Simon Burton
& Gary Pilnick

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Simon loves identifying exciting ideas that capitalize on emerging trends and investing in the growth of those ideas; he brings a wealth of experience in the food, beverage and household product industries. In addition to leading the investment process, he will guide and nurture the 1894 team’s relationships with our partners.

Simon has a Bachelor of Art degree from King College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In his spare time, Simon is an avid, longtime supporter of Chelsea Football Club. He also now enjoys biking, as he has given up any hope of improving his golf game.

Gary is a 16-year Kellogg veteran who is responsible for the company's corporate development efforts. Over the years, he has been instrumental in merger and acquisition work on Keebler, Pringles and the Kellogg Company's joint ventures in China and Nigeria. Building partnerships has always been a favorite place to put his considerable energy. "My best days usually involve working with business leaders inside and outside of Kellogg's when we envision the full potential of bringing our organizations together." Gary is excited about the opportunity to create these relationships and build businesses in the dynamic world that is venture capital.

You can find Gary on his cell at most times. Don't be surprised if you catch him at the soccer field or a cross-country course as he and his wife, Helene, make sure they don't miss the chance to cheer for their kids (you can find Gary if you follow the loudest cheerleader in the crowd). Gary firmly believes anything worth doing is worth doing well. More importantly, as an eternal optimist, he also knows it's not worth it if you can’t have fun.

Nicole Nestojko - Kashi/Sustainability

Kashi/Sustainability Nicole Nestojko

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Nicole has been passionate about healthy and organic products since her childhood in Huntington Beach. She has been with Kashi since 2000 as head of one of the largest and most complex Non-GMO Project Verified supply chains in North America. She leads supply chain solutions and new product insights and oversees a variety of key operations, including sustainability, raw-material sourcing, manufacturing-site selection, logistics planning and developing networks that connect it all. She also partners with Fair Trade USA to source chocolate and sugar, and her team works closely with farmers all over North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe and Africa. She has also overseen LEED certification and solar panel installation.

Nicole holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. When she’s not in the office, Nicole loves yoga, gardening, and playing at the beach with her kids.