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Deanie Elsner

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Deanie is an accomplished business transformation leader known for delivering profitable, topline growth for businesses across North America and Europe. She has worked with some of the most notable companies in the consumer products industry, including Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Quaker Oats, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble, and she is credited for launching over $750MM in revenue through Innovation.

Deanie is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Benson Hill, having previously served as our Interim Chief Executive Officer. She is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director for Charlotte’s Web Holding, Inc. where she led the new public company in the emerging CBD sector with an ag dependent vertically integrated supply chain. Prior to that, she was the former President, Snacks for Kellogg’s, accountable for $4B annual revenue and responsible for marketing, sales, supply chain, and R&D. As the Chief Marketing Officer at Kraft Foods, Deanie was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the 50 most influential Global CMOs, in addition to being recognized by ADWEEK as one of the 12 Stars of Adtech Shaping the Future. Prior positions at Kraft Foods included EVP and CMO, President Beverages, President EU – Coffee, and SVP Marketing Resources, Europe.

Deanie serves on the Board of Directors for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 industrial manufacturing company. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Arizona and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

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