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Beef Beyond’s COO, Impossible’s new venture and head of ESG for JBS

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The past month has been all about meat, from Impossible founder Pat Brown’s new venture to the new head of sustainability at meat giant JBS. elsewhere, Starbucks overhaul continues, and a longtime Unilever vet is leaving.

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Plant Exec suspended for meat movement: Doug Ramsey, the COO of Beyond Meat, pulled off a bit of a cannibal move last month when he bit another man on the nose after a football game. The man is believed to have hit the tire of Ramsey’s car in the parking lot. Ramsey retaliated by “punching his fist through the back windshield of the Subaru, knocking the driver down and biting his nose.” according to the publication It’s delicious to eat. Ramsey was arrested and Beyond released a statement announcing his suspension. Ramsey LinkedIn page still lists him as the COO of Beyond Meat.

Beyond the meat cans, a C-suite supply chain role: Shortly after the disaster, Ramsey, Chief Supply Chain Officer Bernie Adcock resigned “to pursue another opportunity.” Then the company completely eliminated his position. Jonathan Nelson, Beyond’s senior vice president, manufacturing operations, will serve as Adcock. Nelson has a pretty full plate these days, as he also oversees Ramsey’s chief operating officer duties.

Meat giant JBS has appointed its first head of sustainability: JBS is one of the world’s largest producers of traditional animal meat. Jason Weller recently became the company’s first global chief sustainability officer. He will oversee ESG and sustainability strategies, including JBS’s roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. JBS added the position to its executive shortly before closed it all plant-based meat division in the US. (He continues to work with plant-based brands elsewhere.) Stay tuned.

Pat Brown dares: The founder and former CEO of Impossible Foods has ended his role as chief visionary to launch a new research business at the plant-based meat company. The laboratory, tentatively named Impossible Labs, will co-exist with the company’s R&D department. The news was originally received from leaked emails to Business Insider.

Starbucks has finally found the ‘right leader’: Vet industry Laxman Narasimhan joined the coffee giant as its new CEO on October 1. For now, he will work closely with interim CEO Howard Schultz before taking over as CEO and joining the board of directors in April 2023. Narasimhan’s resume includes time as PepsiCo’s chief operating officer. In a statement, Schultz called him “the right leader to lead Starbucks into its next chapter.”

Unilever vet and CEO retires: Alan Jopp spent more than 35 years in the consumer products company. The last five held the position of CEO. But Unilever’s failed bid to buy GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer health unit was a success tarnished Jope’s reputation in the eyes of some. Others cite his career at Unilever “mixed” but “still a very impressive career.” Joppe will retire at the end of 2023.

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