New CEO of EAT

Jonathan Farnell – new CEO of EAT

Published April 6, 2016

Jonathan Farnell has joined the EAT Foundation as CEO. He has significant leadership experience and has worked strategically with a large number of multinational companies, improving their business operations and implementing changes.

«We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan on board of the EAT Foundation» Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen

“His corporate background, strategic skills and extensive experience from the consumer business industry, combined with his deep academic understanding makes him perfectly suited to take on the role as CEO, continuing to bridge the gaps between science, business and politics for developing integrated food system solutions improving the health of people and planet” says Dr Gunhild A. Stordalen, co-founder and president of EAT Foundation.

Jonathan Farnell has been the interim CEO of EAT since October 2015. He has balanced his time at EAT with his partner responsibilities at Deloitte, where he contributes to the Financial Advisory team and leads the Consumer Business team.

“I am happy to carry on this journey,” says Jonathan Farnell. “It has been an amazingly rewarding, challenging and exciting period and I feel extremely lucky to be working with such a talented, diverse and dedicated team that can just get great things done”.

He has 24 years of experience of advising clients (15 years as a partner) and has worked in Oslo, Chicago and London. Farnell has experience from a number of different industries, with a special focus on the consumer business sector.

“EAT has been growing tremendously the last year.” says Jonathan Farnell. “We have almost 70 partners and work closely with major corporations all over the world. I am proud to be asked to lead EAT into the next phase, becoming the global platform on food, health and sustainability, says Jonathan Farnell.  He takes on the position as CEO effective immediately and continues to be a partner in Deloitte.

EAT was founded in 2013 by the Stordalen Foundation, in close collaboration with Stockholm Resilience Centre. In March 2016 the new EAT Foundation was launched, co-founded by the Wellcome Trust, the Stordalen Foundation and Stockholm Resilience Centre. The three organisations will use their unique range of experience in health, science, policy and sustainability to convene experts and decision makers who together can transform the way we eat. Gunhild A. Stordalen has stepped up as president of the EAT Foundation.

EAT´s vision is a world where everybody has the knowledge to make smart and sustainable food decisions, the access needed to eat a responsible and healthy diet and the inspiration needed to adopt this behaviour across their lifestyle.