Impossible Foods hires first chief people officer

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Marcella Butler previously worked for Opower and Google.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Impossible Foods has its first chief people officer – Marcella Butler. She will report directly to CEO and founder Dr. Patrick O. Brown and serve on the company’s senior leadership team.

Butler previously served as head of human resources at Opower, which is now part of Oracle. From 2007- 2012, she was a director in People Operations at Google and later moved into Corporate Development to lead Google’s Mergers & Acquisitions Integration team.

“Marcella brings to our People team a strong business perspective gained in organizations ranging from startups to major multinationals, in roles from finance and operations to HR leadership,” Brown said. “She’s an ultra-long-distance athlete with the confidence and discipline to go the distance as Impossible Foods grows rapidly.”

Butler is a native Texan with a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She received her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in geography from the Univ. of North Carolina.

Butler is the latest executive to join Impossible Foods. In June, Dr. David J. Lipman, M.D., joined the company in the newly created role of chief science officer, reporting directly to the CEO. In May, Chris Gregg took over as senior vice president of Supply Chain and Manufacturing, overseeing operations for manufacturing and supply chain.

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