Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors of Beyond Meat, Inc. sets high standards for the company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.


Board of Directors

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Ethan Brown is the founder of Beyond Meat and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in 2009. He also serves as a director of The PLANeT Partnership, our joint venture with PepsiCo, Inc., and served as our Secretary since our inception to September 2018. Mr. Brown began his career with a focus on clean energy and the environment, serving as an energy analyst for the National Governors’ Center for Best Practices. He then joined Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP), a hydrogen fuel-cell company, being promoted from an entry-level manager to reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer before leaving to found Beyond Meat. Mr. Brown also created and opened a center for fuel reformation and has held several industry positions, including Vice Chairman of the Board at The National Hydrogen Association and Secretary of the United States Fuel Cell Council. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and, along with Beyond Meat, is the recipient of the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade, Champion of the Earth (2018). Mr. Brown holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MPP with a focus on Environment from the University of Maryland and a BA in History and Government from Connecticut College. We believe Mr. Brown's strategic vision for our company and his expertise in technology and business operation make him qualified to serve our board of directors.
Board Member

Seth Goldman joined Beyond Meat as a member of our board of directors in February 2013. Mr. Goldman served as Executive Chair of Beyond Meat from October 2015 through February 2020. Mr. Goldman is the Co-Founder of Eat the Change, and has served as Chief Change Agent of Eat the Change since March 2020. He is also a Co-Founder of PLNT Burger, a quick-serve restaurant concept. Mr. Goldman was the TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for The Coca-Cola Company’s Venturing & Emerging Brands, a part-time position he held from November 2015 through December 2019. Mr. Goldman co-founded Honest Tea Inc., a bottled organic tea company, in February 1998, which was later sold to The Coca-Cola Company, and previously served as Honest Tea’s President and TeaEO until 2015.

In 2015, Mr. Goldman was named the #1 Disruptor by Beverage World and Beverage Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine. He has also been recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and by the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame. In 2018, Partnership for a Healthier America recognized Mr. Goldman with its Visionary CEO award. Mr. Goldman is the co-chair of the Yale School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and, since January 2008, has served on the advisory board of Bethesda Green, a local sustainability non-profit he co-founded. He also served on the board of Ripple Foods, a dairy-free plant-based milk company, from November 2015 to October 2020, the advisory board of the American Beverage Association from 2013 until 2019 and the Yale School of Management from July 2013 to March 2020. Mr Goldman is a National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD") Board Leadership Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive corporate governance program of directors.

Mr. Goldman has a BA degree in Government from Harvard College and a Masters of Private & Public Management degree from Yale School of Management and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. We believe that Mr. Goldman is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience working at fast-growing brands in the food and beverage industry, his experience founding and building an entrepreneurial company and his knowledge of sustainable business practices.

Board Member
Diane Carhart has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2016. In March 2021, Ms. Carhart retired as Chief Financial Officer of the US Yogurt Division of Lactalis, a multinational dairy products corporation, a position she held since October 2020. Ms. Carhart served as Chief Financial Officer of Stonyfield Farm, Inc., an organic yogurt maker, from April 1992 to October 2020, and also served as Chief Operating Officer from August 2006 to October 2020. Ms. Carhart has a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA degree with a finance concentration from Boston University. We believe that Ms. Carhart is qualified to serve on our board of directors because she has more than 40 years in accounting, finance and operations management with 29 years in the food industry.
Board Member

Sally Grimes has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2021. Sally Grimes has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Clif Bar & Company since June 2020. Prior to joining Clif Bar, Ms. Grimes served in a number of senior roles at Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN), including the Group President of Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods from August 2017 to January 2020, President of Retail from January 2017 to August 2017 and Chief Global Growth Officer & President, International from August 2014 to January 2017. Ms. Grimes joined Tyson Foods through the acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company, where she served as Chief Innovation Officer & President, Gourmet Foods Group from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to joining Hillshire, Ms. Grimes served as Global Vice President of Marketing for Sharpie at Newell Rubbermaid from June 2007 to July 2012. Ms. Grimes also held several roles during her time in brand management at Kraft Foods from July 1997 to June 2007.

Ms. Grimes has been recognized by leading business publications including being named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2019 and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2012. She was also recognized by Crain’s Business as one of The Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business in 2019. Ms. Grimes has served on the board of directors of the Midtown Educational Foundation and the Economic Club of Chicago since June 2019. Ms. Grimes also served on the board of directors of Numerator, a Vista Private Equity portfolio company, from October 2019 to October 2020. Ms. Grimes holds a BS degree in Finance from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We believe that Ms. Grimes is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience working in the food industry and her significant leadership experience.

Board Member

Raymond J. Lane has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2015. Mr. Lane has been a Managing Partner at GreatPoint Ventures, a venture capital firm, since March 2015. Mr. Lane has served as a Partner Emeritus and Advisor of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers LLC, a venture capital firm, since April 2013 and was a Managing Partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers LLC from September 2000 to April 2013. Mr. Lane has served on the board of directors of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE: HPE) from November 2015 to the present and is currently a member of its Technology Committee. In addition, Mr. Lane previously served as executive Chairman of Hewlett-Packard Company from September 2011 to April 2013 and as non-executive Chairman of Hewlett-Packard Company from November 2010 to September 2011.

Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, Mr. Lane was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Oracle Corporation, a software company. Mr. Lane serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, including as Chairman of the Board from July 2009 to July 2015. He also serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics International. Mr. Lane holds a BS degree in Mathematics and an honorary Ph.D. in Science from West Virginia University. We believe that Mr. Lane is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience in working with entrepreneurial companies and his experience on other public company boards of directors.

Board Member

Muktesh “Micky” Pant has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2021. Mr. Pant retired from Yum Brands in January 2018 after 13 years of service, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Yum China Holdings (NYSE:YUMC). Mr. Pant joined Yum Brands in 2005 as its Chief Marketing Officer and served in a number of senior roles of increasing responsibility, including Chief Executive Officer of Yum Restaurants International, Chief Executive Officer of KFC Globally, President of Taco Bell International and Chief Concept Officer of Yum Brands. Mr. Pant was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the China Division of Yum Brands in 2015 and played a key role in the spin-off of Yum China as a separate company and its successful listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2016. In 2018, Mr. Pant retired as Chief Executive Officer of Yum China Holdings and served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Senior Advisor until May 2020. Mr. Pant served as a consultant to Beyond Meat from March 3, 2020 through December 31, 2020 pursuant to a consulting agreement between Mr. Pant and the company.

Mr. Pant has four decades of experience in marketing and international business and has lived and worked in the United States, China, the United Kingdom and India. Prior to working for Yum Brands, Mr. Pant worked at Reebok International, serving in various roles from 1994 to 2004, including Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Pant also worked at PepsiCo India from 1992 to 1994 and at Unilever in India and the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1990.

Mr. Pant has been a member of the board of directors of Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company listed on the NYSE (NYSE:PV-UN) since January 2021. Mr. Pant previously served as a member of the board of directors of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) from December 2014 to June 2018 and as a member of its audit committee from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Pant holds a B Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and is a recipient of the Institute’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. We believe that Mr. Pant is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience working in the food and beverage industry, including leadership positions with quick serve restaurants, and his public company board experience.

Board Member
Ned Segal has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2018. Mr. Segal has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) since August 2017. From January 2015 to August 2017, Mr. Segal served as Senior Vice President of Finance of Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU), a business and financial software company. From April 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Segal served as Chief Financial Officer of RPX Corporation, a former publicly traded company that provides patent risk management and discovery services. From 1996 to April 2013, Mr. Segal held various positions at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), most recently as Head of Global Software Investment Banking. Mr. Segal has been a member of the board of directors of TS Innovation Acquisitions Corp. (NASDAQ: TSAI) since November 2020 and currently serves on its Audit Committee and Chair of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Segal holds a BS degree in Spanish from Georgetown University. We believe that Mr. Segal is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in finance at a number of major public companies.
Board Member

Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2012. Mr. Stone is a Co-founder of Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) where he has served as Creative Director since 2006 with a hiatus as Advisor between 2012 and 2017. Mr. Stone was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Jelly Industries, Inc. from January 2013 to March 2017. Mr. Stone served as Special Advisor to the founders of Pinterest from March 2017 to March 2018, has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University since August 2015, has served as an advisor to The Global AI Council since August 2018, and is an active angel investor in companies such as Slack, Square and Intercom. In addition to Twitter, Inc., Mr. Stone co-founded A Medium Corporation in January 2012, which provides an online publishing platform, and has served as a member of its board of directors since January 2012 and as Creative Director from February 2012 to April 2013.

Mr. Stone was also Chairman of the Board of Polaroid Swing, Inc. from July 2016 to November 2017 and was an independent director of Workpop, Inc. from September 2014 until May 2017. His honors include Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, GQ magazine’s Nerd of the Year and The Economist’s “Innovation Award.” We believe that Mr. Stone is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in working with entrepreneurial companies.

Board Member

Kathy N. Waller has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2018. Ms. Waller retired from The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) in March 2019 after more than 30 years of service, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services prior to her retirement. Ms. Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a senior accountant in the Accounting Research Department and served in a number of accounting and finance roles of increasing responsibility. From July 2004 to August 2009, Ms. Waller served as Chief of Internal Audit. In December 2005, she was elected Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company, and in August 2009, she was elected Controller. In August 2013, she became Vice President, Finance and Controller, assuming additional responsibilities for corporate treasury, corporate tax and finance capabilities, and served in that position until April 2014, when she was appointed Chief Financial Officer and elected Executive Vice President. Ms. Waller assumed expanded responsibility for The Coca-Cola Company’s strategic governance areas when she was also appointed to serve as President, Enabling Services, on May 1, 2017.

Ms. Waller has been a member of the board of directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) since July 2015, and currently serves on its Audit, Corporate Governance and Personnel and Compensation Committees. Ms. Waller has been a member of the board of directors of CGI Inc. (NYSE: GIB) since December 2018 and currently serves on its Audit and Risk Management Committee. Ms. Waller joined the board of directors of Cadence Bancorporation in May 2019 and currently serves on its Risk Committee and Compensation Committee. Previously she served on the board of directors of Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V and Monster Beverage Corporation. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College and The Woodruff Arts Center. She received a BA degree in History from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. We believe that Ms. Waller is qualified to serve on our board of directors because she has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance at a major public company.

Management

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Ethan Brown is the founder of Beyond Meat and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in 2009. He also serves as a director of The PLANeT Partnership, our joint venture with PepsiCo, Inc., and served as our Secretary since our inception to September 2018. Mr. Brown began his career with a focus on clean energy and the environment, serving as an energy analyst for the National Governors’ Center for Best Practices. He then joined Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP), a hydrogen fuel-cell company, being promoted from an entry-level manager to reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer before leaving to found Beyond Meat. Mr. Brown also created and opened a center for fuel reformation and has held several industry positions, including Vice Chairman of the Board at The National Hydrogen Association and Secretary of the United States Fuel Cell Council. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and, along with Beyond Meat, is the recipient of the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade, Champion of the Earth (2018). Mr. Brown holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MPP with a focus on Environment from the University of Maryland and a BA in History and Government from Connecticut College.
Chief Operating Officer
Sanjay C. Shah joined Beyond Meat as Chief Operating Officer in September 2019. Before joining Beyond Meat, Mr. Shah served as Senior Vice President of Energy Operations at Tesla, Inc. from May 2018 to September 2019 where he was responsible for the worldwide Energy business and led the North America Sales/Services/Delivery for Automotive. From January 2011 to May 2018, Mr. Shah held a variety of leadership roles at Amazon.com, Inc., increasing in responsibility over time, including as regional director for various regions from January 2011 to July 2015, and as Vice President of North American Fulfillment Centers from July 2015 to May 2018 where he was instrumental in launching numerous new fulfillment centers during his tenure, implementing robotics technology, and achieving structural cost improvements through process and tools automation. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Shah served as Managing Director, Southeast Asia of MFG.com from September 2009 to January 2011 where he successfully launched Southeast Asia operations and led revenue and customer growth. From December 2000 to August 2009, he was an Executive Director at Dell Inc. managing sales and fulfillment operations, manufacturing, distribution and global growth of customer service. Mr. Shah currently serves as a member of the board for the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan. Mr. Shah received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Chief Innovation Officer
Dariush Ajami, Ph.D., joined Beyond Meat in June 2015. Since July 2018, Dr. Ajami has been Chief Innovation Officer of Beyond Meat. He served as Director of Chemistry from June 2015 to August 2016, Director of Research from August 2016 to August 2017 and Vice President of Innovation from August 2017 to July 2018. Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Mr. Ajami was an Assistant Professor of Molecular Assembly at The Scripps Research Institute and Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology from July 2008 to June 2015, where he worked on the fundamentals of molecular assembly, natural products and their applications in therapeutic development. Mr. Ajami has a BS degree in Chemistry from Isfahan University, Iran, an MS degree in Organic Chemistry from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from Technical University of Brunswick (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Germany.
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Teri L. Witteman joined Beyond Meat as General Counsel and Secretary in May 2019 and has served as Chief Legal Officer since April 2021. Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Ms. Witteman was a partner with Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP from April 2016 to May 2019, specializing in the areas of SEC compliance, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Musick Peeler, Ms. Witteman was an attorney with Anglin Flewelling Rasmussen Campbell & Trytten LLP from September 2004 to April 2016, having started her career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, where she focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. From December 2012 to September 2018, Ms. Witteman served as Secretary of Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM), a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products. Ms. Witteman received her Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from UCLA School of Law, and her BA degree in Economics, with honors and distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Creative Officer
Beth Moskowitz joined Beyond Meat in December 2019. Since January 2021, Ms. Moskowitz has served as Beyond Meat’s Chief Creative Officer. Prior to her current position, she served as Head of Special Projects for Beyond Meat from December 2019 to January 2021. Ms. Moskowitz also currently serves as a Partner of Everyware Imagineable Inc., a business consulting firm, a position she has held since January 1993. Ms. Moskowitz began her career in marketing and advertising, encouraging various high-profile brands, such as Budweiser, American Airlines, American Express and Fox Sports to “think outside the box”. Ms. Moskowitz, as an entrepreneur, co-founded the e-commerce company PrimeSport/Razorgator, an online ticket reselling business in June 1995 and held the position of Vice President of Business Development until June 2012. Ms. Moskowitz is also a demonstrated philanthropist, having served as the Executive Director of Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular from 1995 to 2020, an organization dedicated to linking world-class athletes and innovative medical research in support of the leading nonprofit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Chief People Officer
Margaret "Jackie" Trask joined Beyond Meat as Chief People Officer in March 2021. Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Ms. Trask spent 15 years at JAFRA Cosmetics International, Inc., most recently as SVP of Worldwide Human Resources from June 2011 to March 2021 and Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources from December 2006 to March 2011. Before joining JAFRA Cosmetics International, Inc., Ms. Trask served as Vice President Human Resources & Facilities at Triad Financial Corporation from October 2004 to November 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Trask was the Founder and Principal of Baby Bouquet by Jacquelyn Revé, a start-up company manufacturing and marketing high-end natural skin care for babies, a position she held from January 2002 to September 2004. Ms. Trask served as Vice President, Business Partner Human Resources of Conexant Systems, Inc. from May 2000 to August 2001 and Director of Worldwide Compensation, Benefits, Occupational Health and Safety at Gateway from October 1998 to May 2000. Ms. Trask received her B.A., with distinction from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Management.
Chief Growth Officer
Deanna Jurgens joined Beyond Meat in June 2021 as Chief Growth Officer after serving as Chief Global Sales Officer at skincare company Rodan & Fields, where she was responsible for sales across the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. Ms. Jurgens brings over 20 years of experience with a proven record of growing sales and profit through strategy, branding, marketing, operational excellence and innovative approaches. She has also held senior leadership roles across PepsiCo’s North America business during her more than 15-year career at the food and beverage giant, most recently as Senior Vice President for Frito-Lay’s largest operating business. She was also responsible for some of PepsiCo’s largest retail customers as Vice President and General Manager for Target; Vice President of Sales for Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade for Sam’s Club; and Vice President of Insights, Strategy and Advanced Analytics for Walmart.

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