San Mateo, CA
Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC (“Paine Schwartz”), a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, today announced that Ms. Lindsey Pownall OBE is joining the firm as an Operating Director.
Ms. Pownall brings substantial executive and leadership experience across the global food and agribusiness value chain, with a 20-plus year career at Samworth Brothers, the leading UK supplier of premium quality chilled and ambient foods. She currently serves on the board of directors of Tesco PLC, Story Contracting Limited and Story Homes Limited. She previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of directors of Meadow Foods, a former Paine Schwartz portfolio company.
Kevin Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer and a founding Partner of Paine Schwartz, said, “We have long respected Lindsey and had the opportunity to work closely with her at Meadow Foods, where she played a critical role in mentoring the CEO and helping develop the company’s strategic agenda. Lindsey is a proven leader with significant experience in the downstream segments of the food and agribusiness value chain, and she brings a unique perspective on the UK and European markets which will benefit our current and future investments in the region. We are pleased to welcome her to Paine Schwartz.”
Ms. Pownall said, “It is a privilege to join Paine Schwartz and this talented team of investment and operating professionals. I had the opportunity to collaborate with them at Meadow Foods and appreciate the team’s commitment to sustainable food chain investing. I look forward to contributing my leadership experience and perspectives to Paine Schwartz and their portfolio companies.”
About Ms. Lindsey Pownall OBE
Ms. Pownall served as Group Chief Executive of Samworth Brothers Limited from 2011 until 2016. She served as an Executive Director from 2001 until 2016 and as a Member of the Group Executive Board until 2016. Ms. Pownall has served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Tesco PLC since 2016. She is a Non-executive director of Story Contracting Limited and Story Homes Limited, and previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Meadow Foods Limited.
About Paine Schwartz Partners
A global leader in sustainable food chain investing, Paine Schwartz Partners is a private equity firm focused exclusively on investment opportunities in the fast-growing, dynamic global food and agribusiness sectors. The firm’s investment, operations and finance professionals invest throughout cycles across the food and agribusiness value chain, and bring a collaborative and active management approach to portfolio companies. For further information, please see www.paineschwartz.com.
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