Michael Kirban
Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Kirban is one of Vita Coco’s co-founders and has served as Chief Executive Officer and as Executive Chairman of Vita Coco’s board of directors since inception in 2004. Mr. Kirban is co-founder and currently serves on the board of directors of Software Answers Inc., a technology service provider, a position he has held since 1995, and previously served as a member of the board of directors of Runa LLC from 2014 to 2017 before it was acquired by Vita Coco in 2018.
Chairman of the Board
Chair of the Nominating, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Committee
Martin Roper
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Roper has served as co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Roper previously served as Vita Coco’s President from September 2019 to December 2020. Prior to his time at Vita Coco, Mr. Roper served as Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM), an alcoholic beverage company, from 2001 to 2018, where he oversaw the net revenue growth and diversification of brand portfolio. Mr. Roper also served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing and Business Development of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. from 1994 to 2001. In addition to his service on Vita Coco’s board, Mr. Roper has served as a member of the board of directors of Lumber Liquidators Inc. (NYSE: LL), a flooring retail company, since 2006, and served on the board of directors of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. from 2000 to 2018. Mr. Roper holds a BA, MA and MEng from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a MBA from Harvard University.
John Leahy
Board Member
Mr. Leahy has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since June 2019. Mr. Leahy served as President and Chief Operating Officer of KIND, LLC, a snack food company, from February 2009 to June 2019, and President of Nature’s Bounty Co., a vitamin and nutritional supplement manufacturer, from June 2006 to February 2009. Mr. Leahy also served as a Senior Advisor for Blacksmith Applications, Inc., formerly known as TABS Group Inc., an analytics firm that services the consumer packaged goods industry, from August 2009 to April 2010. In addition to his service on our board, Mr. Leahy has served as a strategic advisor for Beckon LLC, an ice cream manufacturer, since January 2018, I Won Nutrition, Co., a packaged food manufacturer, since January 2019, and Allibelle Foods, Inc., a packaged food manufacturer, since January 2020. Prior to his time at Nature’s Bounty Co., Mr. Leahy held various positions at numerous consumer packaged goods companies, including Nestlé S.A. (SIX: NESN), Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. (NYSE: JNJ) and Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE: EPC). Mr. Leahy holds a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Independent Director
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Eric Melloul
Board Member, Lead Independent Director
Mr. Melloul has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since 2008. Mr. Melloul has served as Managing Director for Verlinvest since August 2008. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Oatly Group AB (Nasdaq: OTLY), a food and beverage company, since September 2016, and has served on its Remuneration Committee since May 2021. Prior to Verlinvest, Mr. Melloul served as Global Marketing VP and China Commercial Head for Anheuser-Busch InBev from 2003 to 2008, and as an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Melloul has served on the board of directors for Hint Inc., a beverage company, since August 2011 and Mutti S.p.A, a food company, since September 2016. Mr. Melloul holds a MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a Post Graduate Diploma from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Independent Director
Chair of the Compensation Committee
Ira Liran
Board Member
Mr. Liran is one of Vita Coco’s co-founders and has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since 2006. He also currently serves as Vita Coco’s Director of Sourcing, a position he has held with Vita Coco since February 2007. Mr. Liran holds a BA from Columbia University.
Kenneth Sadowsky
Board Member
Mr. Sadowsky has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since 2006. Mr. Sadowsky has served as US Beverages Advisor for Verlinvest since 2009 and as the Executive Director of the Northeast Independent Distributors Association, a group of independent beverage distributors in the Northeast United States, since 2008. Mr. Sadowsky has served on the boards of directors of Lifeaid Beverage and Hint. Inc., both health beverage companies, since December 2019 and May 2008, respectively. and previously served on the board of directors of Energy Brands Inc. (d/b/a Glacéau), a beverage company and the makers of vitaminwater, smartwater and fruitwater, from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Sadowsky holds a BA from Tulane University.
Independent Director
Member of the Nominating, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Committee
John Zupo
Board Member
Mr. Zupo has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since January 2020, and has been employed by Vita Coco in various roles to advise on strategy since 2018. Since 2019, Mr. Zupo has served as the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SABX, Inc., a business technology provider, and has served on its board of directors since July 2020. Prior to his time at SABX, Inc., Mr. Zupo served as President of BlueTriton Brands, Inc., formerly known as Nestle Waters North America, Inc., a beverage distributor, from 2013 to 2018. Mr. Zupo holds a BA and MBA from Westminster College.
Member of the Compensation Committee
Jane Morreau
Board Member
Ms. Morreau has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since August 2021. From 2014 to July 2021, Ms. Morreau served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brown-Forman Corporation. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Morreau served multiple positions at Brown-Forman Corporation, including Senior Vice President, Chief Production Officer and Head of Information Technology from 2013 to 2014, and Senior Vice President of Accounting and Director of Finance, Accounting and Technology from 2008 to 2013, where she directed the financial management of the company’s sales, marketing, production, and technology functions. Before joining Brown-Forman Corporation in 1991, Ms. Morreau worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation (now known as Yum! Brands) from 1980 to 1991. Ms. Morreau holds a BS in Commerce with an emphasis in accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Ms. Morreau is a Certified Public Accountant.
Independent Director
Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nominating, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Committee
Axelle Henry
Board Member
Ms. Henry has served as a member of Vita Coco’s board of directors since October 2021. Ms. Henry has served as Chief Financial Officer for Verlinvest Group since April 2014 and also serves on the board of directors for a number of their private companies. Prior to joining Verlinvest, Ms. Henry was employed at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a Euronext-listed holding company, from November 1997 to March 2014 where she served in various finance roles, including most recently as deputy Chief Financial Officer since 2005. Ms. Henry holds a masters degree from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.
Independent Director
Member of the Audit Committee