TerraVia appoints Apu Mody Chairman and CEO
August 8, 2016
erraVia Holdings, Inc., the South San Francisco-based next generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company formerly known as Solazyme, has announced that Apu Mody, former President of Mars Food America, has been appointed CEO and a member of the Board of Directors, effective on or about August 22nd.
The appointment of Mr. Mody is part of the planned transition announced in March. Current co-founder, Chairman and CEO Jonathan Wolfson will continue to serve as CEO until August 22nd, and will then assume the role of Executive Chairman.
“TerraVia is lucky, and I am personally thrilled to have Apu lead our next phase of growth and to establish TerraVia as a leader in plant-based food and nutrition based on our groundbreaking algae ingredients,” said Jonathan Wolfson. “His experience at both Fortune 50 companies and in early stage ventures, including leading strong growth at both Mars and Del Monte, make him the ideal choice to accelerate commercialization and growth of the movement around algae-based foods.”
Mr. Mody brings over 25 years of experience and a strong record of financial success and innovation in the CPG, Retail and Restaurant sectors. Most recently, as President of Mars Food America, he was responsible for a significant turnaround of the business covering the US, Canada, Brazil and the Middle East, eventually creating the fastest growing region for Mars Food.
While at Mars, Mr.Mody served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers of America). Prior to Mars, he spent six years at Del Monte Foods, in various Strategy and General Management roles, ultimately joining the Executive team as the SVP and GM for the $2.4B Consumer Products Division where he led the development of a long term vision to focus on healthy eating while creating internal and external alignment for a sustainable platform for growth.
“I’ve been passionate about Healthy Living and have seen many substantial changes across the industry. In my 25+ years in the food and CPG industry, nothing I have seen comes close to the exciting potential of TerraVia,” Mr. Mody said. “I believe there are opportunities across the grocery store driven by accelerating demand for plant based foods and nutrition. And with TerraVia’s unique portfolio of ingredients that provide better nutrition and sustainability with outstanding taste, the Company is on the verge of great things. I look forward to leading the team and realizing our mission of making a difference for both people and the planet.”