LOS ANGELES – Beyond Meat, maker of the plant-based Beyond Burger, has announced the appointment of Kathy N. Waller and Ned Segal as its newest board members and additions to the board’s audit committee.
Waller currently serves as chief financial officer and executive vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, overseeing the company’s global commerce organization and representing the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. She joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a senior accountant.
“When we described the ideal candidates to join our board, we prioritized top-tier industry leaders with knowledge of CPG and experience with scaling businesses. We couldn’t have found two better candidates than Kathy and Ned,” said Seth Goldman, executive chairman of Beyond Meat.
Waller earned her BA and MBA degrees from the Univ. of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She was the founding chair of The Coca-Cola Company’s Women’s Leadership Council, is a member of the Catalyst advisory board and a Certified Public Accountant.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be joining Beyond Meat,” Waller said. “The brand’s success can directly be attributed to their innovative, purpose-driven mission and I look forward to being a part of the enterprise’s continued success.”
Segal serves as Twitter’s chief financial officer, responsible for Twitter’s finance, real estate and workplace, and corporate development and business development functions.
“I am very pleased to welcome Kathy and Ned to our team,” said Ethan Brown, CEO and founder of Beyond Meat. “We’re fortunate to have access to their expertise and backgrounds as financial stewards at Coca-Cola and Twitter, respectively. I look forward to working with Kathy and Ned as we further our mission to create The Future of Protein and pursue our goal of becoming a global protein company.”
Segal earned his BS degree from Georgetown Univ. in Washington, D.C. and previously held roles at Goldman Sachs and Intuit. In addition to his current role at Twitter, he is a trustee of Town School for Boys.
“The growth in the plant-based protein industry has been impressive and I’m excited to be a part of the Beyond Meat board to help the company through the opportunities ahead,” Segal said. “I believe deeply in the company’s purpose, and I’ve been feeding our teenager Beyond Sausage for the past few months without him noticing the swap, so I’ve seen the likeability of the product firsthand.”