Management Team

Whole Earth Brands Leadership Team

Rajnish Ohri

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Rajnish Ohri is a seasoned entrepreneur and accomplished business operator with more than 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry across various geographies and cultures. As Vice President & Managing Director of IMEA at Whole Earth Brands from 2020 to April 2023, he has demonstrated his passion for driving growth in underdeveloped markets and achieving positive results. Prior to joining Whole Earth Brands, Rajnish served as the Managing Director of the Hain Celestial businesses in the IMEA region. With his wealth of knowledge and expertise, Rajnish has established himself as a dynamic leader in the industry, committed to driving growth and achieving success through innovation and strategic thinking.

Jeff Robinson

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Robinson served as President of Company subsidiary Mafco Worldwide LLC (“Mafco”) and the Whole Earth Brands Flavors & Ingredients division from December 2020 to July 2023. Mr. Robinson began his career with Mafco in 1992. From August 2016 until December 2020, he was responsible for Mafco’s licorice extract business. Mr. Robinson served as Mafco’s CFO from November 2004 to December 2013. Mr. Robinson left Mafco in December 2013 (rejoining Mafco in August 2016) to work as CFO of Frutarom USA (now part of International Flavors & Fragrances – IFF). To learn more about Mr. Robinson, please visit his LinkedIn profile

EDUCATION
Fairfield University – BS, Accounting and licensed CPA

Bernardo Fiaux

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Fiaux joins Whole Earth Brands from The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz”), where he most recently served as CFO for the Meals, Condiments, and Foodservice division in North America. There, he supported the business in maintaining top-tier profitability and reducing balance sheet leverage to achieve post-merger targets. Prior to his role as division CFO, he also served as Head of North America M&A where he led two large divestiture processes at Kraft Heinz. Prior to Kraft Heinz, Mr. Fiaux was with 3G Capital, where he supported a series of deals including Tim Horton’s, Popeye’s, and the Heinz and Kraft Foods merger. 

EDUCATION
University of Chicago Booth School of Business - MBA

Brian Litman

Chief Accounting Officer

Brian Litman has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since September 2021, and joined the Company as Corporate Controller and Treasurer in June of 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Litman spent 22 years at Tribune Media Company, a media company owning a variety of newspapers, television stations and other media assets, where he served in several roles, including SVP/Controller & Chief Accounting Officer from February 2008 to April 2020 and VP/Assistant Controller from February 2005 to February 2008.

EDUCATION
Northern Illinois University – BS, Accountancy
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management - MBA

Ira Schlussel

Chief Legal Officer

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.

EDUCATION
University of Michigan – BA, Political Science, graduated cum laude
Georgetown University Law Center – Juris Doctor

Simone Adeshina

Vice President of Human Resources

Simone Adeshina has served as Vice President- Human Resources of Whole Earth Brands since April 2023. She began her career with subsidiary Mafco Worldwide, LLC in 2012 as Human Resources Assistant. She was promoted to several roles leading to overseeing the global HR functions where she provided strategic HR direction while building a strong culture in support of the missions and goals of the Company and the global team. In her tenure with Mafco, Ms. Adeshina played an integral part in successful completion of several key projects including workforce and succession planning as a result of restructuring of global footprint and providing compelling benefits and total rewards program that supports hiring and retention. To learn more about Ms. Adeshina, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

EDUCATION
The Pennsylvania State University – BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rutgers University – MS, Biomedical Sciences

Branded CPG Leadership Team

Nigel Willerton

President & Chief Operating Officer North America

Armand Baudry

Vice President & Managing Director Western Europe

Mario Pascale

Vice President & Managing Director APAC

Jose Mostaza

Vice President & Managing Director Latin America

Flavors & Ingredients Leadership Team

Lee Collison

Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Ray Chen

Senior Vice President, Asia Operations

Rich Davidson

Senior Vice President, Sales and R&D

Richard Craver

Controller and Global Finance Director