Whole Earth Brands Leadership Team
Albert Manzone has served as Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020. Mr. Manzone brings to his role a high level of strategic acuity, operational know-how, and a global mindset with over 30 years of accomplishments in the consumer products industry as well as McKinsey & Co.
Before leading Whole Earth Brands as CEO, Mr. Manzone served the company for four years as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary, Flavors Holdings Inc. His decorated career also includes serving as President, Europe at Oettinger Davidoff AG.; President of Consumer Health, Southeast Europe at Novartis; President, Europe at W.M. Wrigley Jr. Company; and over a decade in global executive leadership roles at PepsiCo in North America and International, including President, PepsiCo Shelf Stable Juices North America. Mr. Manzone has a long history of giving back to the communities that have contributed to his success, and he serves as Trustee of the Northwestern University Board and President-Elect of the Northwestern Alumni Association. He is also the Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the Environment, and Director of Monaco Digital in Monaco on behalf of the Principality of Monaco. To learn more about Mr. Manzone, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
- J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University – MBA
- Sorbonne University, Paris, France – Graduate Degree, International Business
Duane Portwood has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2022. Duane brings over 30 years of corporate financial management and executive leadership experience with both public and private companies, including as a CFO and Controller. Most recently, he was CFO for Tegra Global, a private sports apparel manufacturer. Previously, he served as EVP & CFO for Akorn, Inc., a generic pharmaceutical company. He also held a ten-year tenure at The Home Depot, Inc. as VP & Corporate Controller where he oversaw all aspects of the accounting and reporting functions. Prior to this, Duane served as the Controller for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, where he successfully led several acquisitions and subsequent integrations. He began his career as a CPA with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
- University of Chicago, Booth School of Business – MBA
- University of Montana - BS, Business Administration
Brian Litman has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since October 2021, and joined Whole Earth Brands as Corporate Controller in June of 2020. Prior to joining Whole Earth Brands, Mr. Litman spent 22 years at Tribune Media Company where he advanced through roles of increasing responsibility, including his final role as SVP/Controller & Chief Accounting Officer. Earlier in his career he was Manager Corporate Reporting & Analysis at Borg-Warner Automotive, and Audit Manager at Deloitte LLP. Mr. Litman’s extensive experience in public company reporting, treasury management, and corporate accounting make him ideally suited for his role at Whole Earth Brands. To learn more about Mr. Litman, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
- J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, MBA
- Northern Illinois University, BS – Accounting
- Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
Ira Schlussel has served as VP, General Counsel & Secretary of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020 and as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of subsidiary Flavors Holding Inc. since May 2016.
Mr. Schlussel oversees corporate legal matters, including compliance, governance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, contracts, and employee-related issues. Prior to joining Flavors Holdings, Mr. Schlussel served as SVP, General Counsel of HelloWorld (now Merkle Promotions and Loyalty), a global leader in online promotions. From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Schlussel was part of numerous strategic acquisitions and the ultimate sale and rebranding of the organization. Mr. Schlussel’s legal career spans nearly three decades, which also includes private practice in the areas of general corporate litigation, estate planning and real estate, as well as corporate counsel positions for numerous business ventures. He has proven to be a trusted business partner and dependable leader. He was named General Counsel of the Year by Crain’s Detroit in 2014. To learn more about Mr. Schlussel, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
- University of Michigan – BA, Political Science, graduated cum laude
- Georgetown University Law Center – Juris Doctor
Trisha Fox has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Whole Earth Brands since January 2021 and brings over 25 years of Human Resources experience to the company. Prior to joining Whole Earth Brands, Ms. Fox served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Viad Corp, a publicly-traded live events and travel company where she provided strategic and operational direction to a global team supporting 5,000 employees. Prior to Viad Corp, Ms. Fox was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Fifth Third Bank and was the Senior Director of Human Resources at Dean Foods. Ms. Fox spent ten years in human resources leadership roles at PepsiCo, where her experience working with business leaders on top consumer brands makes her a valuable addition to the team. She began her career at Shell Oil Company. To learn more about Ms. Fox, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania – BS, Human Resources
- West Virginia University – MS, Industrial and Labor Relations
Olivier Bouret has served as Vice President Global Operations & Supply Chain for Whole Earth Brands since June 2020 and as Vice President Global Supply Chain & Operations of subsidiary Merisant since July 2017. Prior to joining Merisant, Mr. Bouret served as Vice President of Nabisco Integrated Supply Chain North America at Mondelez International. Mr. Bouret brings to Whole Earth Brands more than 25+ years of international experience in the consumer product industry at several Fortune 100 companies, Kraft Foods and Mondelez, transforming supply chains and driving operational experience. He is a champion of supply chain excellence and has a track record of leading turnarounds, business integration and transformational changes throughout the world. He has lived and worked in France, Austria, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States. Prior to leading the North America Supply Chain for Nabisco, he was appointed to a number of positions at Kraft Foods and Mondelez with increasing responsibilities in supply chain. His impressive list includes: Plant Director, Business Development & Engineering Director; Operation Director Biscuit in Mexico; Product Supply & Logistic Director for Europe; and Senior Director Supply Chain Reinvention NA, where he led the largest Supply Chain redesign for Mondelez and managed a $1 billion investment. To learn more about Mr. Bouret, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
- Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Industries, Strasbourg, France
- Mechanical Engineering Degree
Jeff Robinson joined in December 2020 as President of Whole Earth Brands Flavors & Ingredients division. Mr. Robinson began in his career with subsidiary Mafco Worldwide, LLC in 1992. Most recently, he was responsible for the licorice extract business, including the restructuring of Mafco’s global manufacturing footprint, managing licorice extract sales and improving the supply chain. Mr. Robinson served as Mafco’s CFO from 2003 to 2013. During his tenure as CFO, he was part of the successful acquisition and integration of two Chinese manufacturing operations for its licorice derivative business. Mr. Robinson left Mafco in 2014 for three years (rejoining Mafco in 2017) to work as CFO of Frutarom USA (now part of International Flavors & Fragrances – IFF) managing six acquisitions and three factory integrations. He also served as Assistant Controller for MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings and worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young. To learn more about Mr. Robinson, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
- Fairfield University – BS, Accounting and licensed CPA