27/11/2023 | Ingredients

MycoTechnology Strengthens Leadership Team: Michael Leonard Appointed CEO

The food technology company has appointed Michael Leonard as its new Chief Executive Officer. Simultaneously, Alan Hahn, Co-Founder and former CEO, will take on the pivotal role of Executive Chairman. MycoTechnology’s investment in leadership, including their recently appointed CTO and CFO, will prepare the company as it continues to build on its next-generation innovations, including the recently announced discovery of Honey Truffle Sweetener and Vital Foods, their joint venture in Oman focused on producing a novel whole food ingredient in the region. With a proven track record of success, this elevated leadership team has the expertise required to drive significant growth of existing products and new platforms, while leveraging the company’s powerful mycelial fermentation platform for ongoing innovation. Michael Leonard joins MycoTechnology from Motif FoodWorks, where he led the development and commercialization of a ground-breaking portfolio of plant-based flavor and texture ingredients as CEO since 2022, and as CTO from 2019-2022. Previously, he held senior leadership roles at Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo in both Asia and the US, where he and his teams launched hundreds of products across the snacks, ready meals, beverage, and nutrition categories. With a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Leonard has also held progressive roles in process and product development, platform leadership, business development, and strategy at International Flavors & Fragrances and DuPont Nutrition & Health. He brings over 20 years of experience in technology development, commercialization, and innovation leadership in the food ingredient and CPG industries that will be vital to MycoTechnology’s ongoing expansion and success.