Colleen Akehurst

Managing Director, Portfolio Excellence

Colleen Akehurst is a Managing Director at Paine Schwartz Partners.

Ms. Akehurst has over 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry, most recently serving as CEO of a food technology start-up, Incredible Foods. Prior to this role, Ms. Akehurst served as the CEO of a family-owned branded CPG company, delivering growth through market expansion and new product introductions. Prior to the CEO roles, Ms. Akehurst held a variety of marketing and global strategy leadership roles at Heinz and Mondelez. In these roles she delivered growth for small and large brands, executed turnaround activities, and led strategic portfolio reviews.

Prior to Heinz and Mondelez, Ms. Akehurst was a consultant at McKinsey & Company focusing on operational and organizational transformations. She began her career with Procter & Gamble in several engineering and plant management roles.

Ms. Akehurst holds engineering degrees from MIT (SM) and Cornell University (BS), and was born and raised in the Baltimore area.