REHOVOT, ISRAEL — Nicole Johnson-Hoffman has been named chief executive officer at Future Meat Technologies, an Israeli company developing technology to produce cultivated meat.
She brings more than 25 years of experience across the agriculture, food manufacturing, foodservice and meat production industries. She most recently was managing director of further processed foods for OSI Europe. She jointly served as senior vice president, leading the company’s global operations for McDonald’s Corp., and chief sustainability officer, where she was responsible for setting the strategic direction for OSI’s approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining OSI she spent 19 years at Cargill, where she practiced law as in-house counsel and held leadership roles in financial services and beef plant operations.
Johnson-Hoffman was the founding chairperson of the United States Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. She served two terms as the organization’s president and spent five years on its executive committee.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
As CEO of Future Meat Technologies, she will oversee day-to-day leadership of the company and will join its board of directors. Future Meat earlier this year opened a cultivated meat production line in Israel and currently is scouting several locations in the United States for a planned large-scale production facility. The company, which produces cultivated chicken, lamb, beef and pork, in December raised $347 million in Series B financing co-led by ADM Ventures.
“We are extremely excited to have Nicole join Future Meat,” said Yaakov Nahmias, founder and president of the Rehovot, Israel-based company. “Her vision and experience building and operating large scale food manufacturing facilities and working with global players across the ecosystem, are invaluable for a cultivated meat startup company that aspires for global transformation.”