Base Culture is expanding its C-suite roster with the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. Recently, the baked goods brand appointed Heidi Krauss as the company’s new CEO. Founder and former CEO Jordann Windschauer will continue to play an active role in the brand’s development, focusing primarily on brand vision and product innovation.
“When I was given the opportunity to serve as COO of Base Culture, it was an easy decision to join such an innovative natural food brand playing in a unique space in the market with deliciously nourishing baked goods,” said Krauss. “Throughout my time at Base Culture, I’ve been fortunate to work closely with Jordann and greatly respect her inspired determination that has taken this brand from her kitchen to shelves nationwide. As I transition into this new role, my goal is to continue to create high quality, delicious Paleo, grain-free, and Keto snacks, while staying committed to the core principles Jordann has stuck to since day one.”
Krauss formerly served as the brand’s Chief Operating Officer, joining the Base Culture team in August 2019. During her time as COO, Krauss oversaw marketing, operations, research and development, and innovation. With over 20 years of experience working with consumer brands, Krauss is an industry veteran who possesses a wealth of knowledge about how to effectively grow emerging companies into household names.
Prior to joining Base Culture, according to the release, Krauss was the Chief Marketing Officer at siggi’s yogurt and helped the company achieve significant growth throughout her tenure. As CEO, Krauss will oversee Base Culture as it expands its presence in both natural and conventional channels and launches new innovation to continue its impressive growth.
“Base Culture started as a passion project of mine that I founded with minimal knowledge about product development and marketing,” said Windschauer. “However, I had an unwavering commitment to create something that met my clean eating Paleo lifestyle, without compromising on flavor. I believe the reason behind the brand’s early success has been our commitment to the integrity of our products and the willingness to learn as we go. It was a huge decision to transition from CEO to a Founder role, but I am confident that Heidi’s growth mindset is just what Base Culture needs as we continue to scale.”
This news also accompanies the closing of Base Culture’s Series C funding round, led by Emil Capital Partners. This most recent investment will be used to fuel continued growth and innovation in 2021. Base Culture’s Series C funding round continues the brand’s ongoing partnership with Emil Capital Partners.
Marcel Bens, Managing Partner and COO of Emil Capital Partners, notes that the firm is “thrilled to lead Base Culture’s Series C round and strengthen our multi-year partnership with the company. Furthermore, we are grateful to Jordann, as she transitions out of the CEO role, for founding and shepherding this extraordinary business through its rapid growth to date. We look forward to her continued and invaluable involvement. Under Heidi’s leadership, Base Culture will build on these strong foundations and further execute across strategic priorities to bring to market more innovative products sought out by consumers.”
Congratulations to Heidi Krauss on her new appointment!