HumanCo Acquisition Corp.
- Healthcare, Wellness
Jason H. Karp, our Executive Co-Chairman , has been the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HumanCo since January 2019. Jason is driven by a passionate belief that improving health is the most effective strategy to increase global prosperity. Jason has also been the Chairman and Co-Founder of Hu (as in Human), one of the fastest growing snack companies in the U.S., since February 2011. Previously, from July 2011 until December 2018, Jason served as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Tourbillon Capital Partners, an investment fund that managed over $4 billion, and he has over 21 years of investment experience. Jason is also a member of the board of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Jason has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe that Jason’s significant public and private market investment experience, business expertise, financial acumen and business industry contacts make him uniquely qualified to co-lead our board.
Ross Berman, our Chief Executive Officer and director , has been the Co-Founder and President of HumanCo since January 2019. Ross has over 20 years of investment experience, including in public and private equity markets and in the consumer sector. Prior to co-founding HumanCo, Ross was the President and Chief Strategy Officer at Tourbillon Capital Partners from January 2018 to January 2019. From July 2012 through March 2017, he was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Green Owl Capital Management and, from June 2002 to April 2011, was a Co-Founder and Co-Portfolio Manager of BAM Capital Management. Ross is currently a board member of Hu (as in Human), one of the fastest growing snack companies in the U.S. and is also a board member of Maccabi USA, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of building Jewish pride and community through sports. Ross has a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We believe that Ross’ significant public and private market investment experience and financial expertise make him well qualified to sit on our board.
Brett Thomas, our President , has been the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CAVU Venture Partners since June 2015. Prior to that, Brett was the Founder of Thematic Capital Partners, a private investment vehicle focused on private/public equity investments in the consumer sector. Before entering into the consumer investing space, Brett worked at Scout Capital Management, a long-short hedge fund focusing on special situations with over $9B in AUM based in New York, for five years. He is a graduate of Boston College, with a concentration in Finance. In 2017, Brett was elected to Boston College’s prestigious “40 under 40 list” and was named a “Consumer Catalyst” by Forbes as one of the top dealmakers and influencers in the consumer space.
Amy Zipper, our Chief Operating Officer , has served as the Chief Operating Officer of HumanCo since March 2020. Amy previously managed operations, human resources, legal, technology, marketing and investor relations for New York-based investment management firms. From September 2012 until May 2018, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Tourbillon Capital Partners. Amy was recognized by EY and the Hedge Fund Journal as one of the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” in 2017. She began her career as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and received her Juris Doctor from N.Y.U. School of Law as a Dean McKay Scholar. She is a member of the Connecticut, Florida and New York State Bars.
Rohan Oza, our Co-Chairman nominee , has been the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CAVU Venture Partners since June 2015. In 2002, Rohan left The Coca-Cola Company to join Glacéau, where, as partner and Chief Marketing Officer, he built the brands Vitamin Water and Smartwater via innovative marketing and partnerships with 50 Cent, Jennifer Aniston, Kobe Bryant, and Tom Brady. In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company purchased Glacéau for $4.1 billion. Some of Rohan’s latest ventures include Popchips, Vita Coco and Bai. Rohan was named to the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s in 2007 and by Sports Business Journal in 2008 and 2009. Rohan is also a recurring Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Rohan received a Bachelor��s degree from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
We believe that Rohan’s significant private equity, brand building and management experience make him well qualified to co-lead our board.
Kat Cole, our director nominee , has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Focus Brands since June 2017. In that role, Kat is responsible for leading the company’s seven brands and overseeing its licensing and international divisions, building revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce. Kat joined Focus Brands in October 2010 as President of Cinnabon and successfully drove the multi-channel business to record sales and growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution. Prior to Focus Brands, Kat was a Vice President at Hooters of America, Inc. Kat invests in and advises founders of early stage startups, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the board of directors of Milk Bar, past chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and an active humanitarian, including on the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council. Kat received her MBA from Georgia State University.
We believe that Kat’s significant investment experience and operational expertise make her well qualified to sit on our board.
John Foraker, our director nominee , is a leading authority in the organic and natural foods industry. Since September 2017, John has served as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Once Upon a Farm, LLC, a fresh kid nutrition brand. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2014, John was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Annie's, Inc., a leading natural & organic food brand, taking it public in 2012 just prior to the company’s buyout by General Mills, Inc. in October 2014. From 2014 to September 2017, John served as President of the Annie’s Operating Unit at General Mills and was a member of the General Mills North American leadership team. John was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in Northern California, recognizing his entrepreneurial excellence in the retail and consumer products category. Prior to his tenure at Annie’s, John served as Vice President at Bank of America, overseeing commercial banking client relationship management in the bank’s premium wine business portfolio. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
We believe that John’s significant experience with public and private companies within the organic and natural foods industry make him well qualified to sit on our board.
Dean Hollis, our director nominee , spent 21 years with ConAgra Foods before retiring in 2008 as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Foods and International division. Since December 2008, Dean has served as a senior advisor for Oaktree Capital, a $100 billion worldwide private equity firm. In addition, Dean is currently chair of the board of directors of Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a position he has held since October 2017 and chair of the board of directors for SunOpta, Inc., a position he has held since October 2016. Since May 2019, Dean has also served as chair of the board of directors of Boardriders, Inc. Previously, from 2008 until its sale to Tyson Foods in June 2017, Dean was chair of the board of directors of Advance Pierre Foods, Inc. He also served on the board of directors of Diamond Foods until its sale to Snyder’s-Lance in February 2016. Dean also served as chair of the board of directors of Boulder Brands until its sale to Pinnacle Foods in January 2015 and on the board of directors of Landec Corporation from 2009 through 2015. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stetson University and serves on its board of directors.
We believe that Dean’s significant public and private market investment expertise and significant public board experience make him well qualified to sit on our board.
Brian Kelley, our director nominee , has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PearlRock Partners, an investment vehicle, since May 2020. Prior to that, he was a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm, from January 2017 through May 2020. From November 2012 to May 2016, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a beverage company that was acquired by JAB Holding Company in March 2016. From April 2007 to November 2012, Brian was employed by The Coca-Cola Company, a consumer beverage company, serving as the President of still/non-carbonated beverages and supply chain from April 2007 to August 2012 and President, Coca-Cola Refreshments from August 2012 to November 2012. From July 2002 to April 2007, Brian served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirva, Inc., a relocation services company. Previously, Brian held executive and other positions with Ford Motor Company, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. Brian previously served as a member of the board of directors of Keurig Green Mountain from November 2012 to July 2018, a member of the board of directors of Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. from June 2017 through October 2020 and a member of the board of directors of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from December 2016 to September 2017. Brian holds a B.A. degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
We believe that Brian’s significant public market experience in executive management and board experience make him well qualified to sit on our board.