EAT Foundation Announces CEO Transition

Published September 4, 2017

OSLO, 4 Sept. 2017 – EAT Foundation today announced that Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Farnell will step down from his role as CEO on 20 September. Farnell joined EAT on a sabbatical from Deloitte Norway for a two-year period and his contract expired in January 2017. EAT’s Board of Directors has appointed the current Vice Chair of the Board Clare Matterson to serve as Interim CEO.

Jonathan has been an exceptional leader who has left a lasting footprint on our organization in many ways,” said EAT President and Founder Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen. “Under his leadership, EAT has grown from a small organization of nine employees that primarily focused its resources on the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, to a catalytic platform with 27 employees and six programs spanning the globe. He has strengthened the organization’s competencies and laid the foundation for its strategic course. His dedication to our employees and the success of EAT has been exemplary. It has been a great pleasure to work with Jonathan and although we will miss him, we hope to be able to continue our collaboration with him and Deloitte.”

To assist with the transition, Farnell will serve in an advisory capacity to EAT through October, before returning to his position as partner in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Division. Matterson will serve as Interim CEO from 21 September until a permanent successor has been named. The Board of Directors is retaining an executive search firm to identify and evaluate candidates for the permanent CEO role.


«It’s been a privilege to lead EAT for the past two and half years and I feel very grateful to have worked with so many talented and dedicated people» Jonathan Farnell

It’s been a privilege to lead EAT for the past two and half years and I feel very grateful to have worked with so many talented and dedicated people,” said Farnell. “Together we have built a fantastic organization that is well positioned to realize its ambitions of transforming the global food system to ensure that healthy and sustainable food is affordable and accessible to all.  I’ll be following EAT closely going forward and supporting the great work that is planned.”

Matterson has served as Vice Chair of EAT’s Board of Directors since 2014, representing the Wellcome Trust, one of EAT’s three co-founders. She worked for the Wellcome Trust for 18 years, notably as Director of Culture & Society and Director of Strategy. She led many of Wellcome’s transformative initiatives such as Wellcome Collection, the National Learning Centre and Wellcome’s Our Planet Our Health initiative, which explores the relationship between health and the changing environment. She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The Board of Directors is confident that EAT will be able to deliver on its upcoming commitments under Clare’s leadership, with the support from Jonathan as he transitions back to Deloitte and from the organization’s leadership team that includes our newly-appointed Chief Strategy Officer Olav Kjørven,” said Stordalen.