Managing Partner, AccelFoods
Lauren is a managing partner of AccelFoods, where she is a member of the Investment Committee and is responsible for supervising financial strategy for our entrepreneurs. Lauren also oversees the daily financial operations of AccelFoods. Lauren serves as a board member of Exo and Kalot.
Lauren began her career as an investment banker in the consumer products and retail team at UBS. While at UBS, Lauren identified and analyzed strategic alternatives for her clients, performed valuation analyses, developed detailed financial models, and composed offering memorandums for clients such as Cadbury Schweppes (Americas Beverages Business and Dr Pepper Snapple Group), and Yoplait (Dairy Crest).
While at UBS, Lauren worked on-site at Birds Eye Iglo Group, a leading European food manufacturer (€1bn of sales), owned by Permira Advisers, coordinating with cross-functional executives to develop a five year financial operating model and identify seven key growth opportunities to position the company for a profitable exit. She also analyzed SKU-level performance data to develop recommendations regarding the company’s SKU rationalization program.
Intending to transition to working with early stage food and beverage businesses, Lauren returned to the academic arena to pursue an MBA. During her time in business school, Lauren had a brand management internship at Unilever where she created a mobile marketing strategy for Dove Personal Wash. After seeing all of the resources and partners available to an iconic CPG brand, Lauren confirmed that she wanted to be on the same team as the underdog, and find ways to support small businesses with big resources.
Lauren holds an A.B., cum laude in field, from Harvard College and an M.B.A. with Honors in finance and strategic management from The Wharton School of Business.