NEXE Innovations named Chris Murray and Kam Mangat as members of its executive team
August 27 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine
NEXE Innovations Inc., based in British Columbia, Canada, announces the appointment of two executives in a move to enhance its leadership team to support and implement its strategic priorities. Chris Murray has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NEXE. Mr. Murray has 20+ years of extensive experience in the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) industry in Canada and the US. Mr. Murray was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zavida Coffee Company where, in his eight-year tenure there, his team grew Zavida Coffee's business over 500%. He managed a growing marketing team at Zavida Coffee that continuously on-boarded new and trending coffee formats, including recyclable K-Cup formats. Until 2013, he was Category Marketing Manager, Retail Coffee at Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee, where he was responsible for the management of retail coffee for the US and Canada. Prior to this position, he was Senior Brand Manager Business Development for Tree of Life/KeHe.
"I've been in the coffee industry for close to 20 years and had the pleasure of selling to most large retail, OCS and Food Service customers across North America. Over the years, I saw the birth and meteoric growth of K-Cups in the industry. In my opinion, the upside of K-Cups is the amazing convenience of brewing one cup of coffee at a time and the downside is filling our landfill with single-use plastics. I believe customers and businesses alike are clamoring for a better solution. I've known the team at NEXE (Darren Footz & Ash Guglani) for many years and I very much look forward to working with them," said Chris Murray, Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Kam Mangat has been named Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy at NEXE. Ms. Mangat was most recently Vice President, Relationship Management at a consulting firm covering some of the largest U.S. and Canadian pension plans. She has also worked in capital markets as a sell-side equity analyst covering Industrials and Special Situation equities for a national investment dealer serving mainly institutional and corporate clients. Ms. Mangat has 20+ years of experience in finance across a range of roles.
"After commercializing and beta testing the NEXE coffee pod, we are now keenly focused on growing sales. The appointment of Chris Murray, a seasoned CPG salesperson with a proven track record will ensure that we are positioned to be the market leader in the single-serve industry. The appointment of Kam Mangat will enhance our focus on capital markets and corporate strategy to help build internal operations to support our growth," said Ash Guglani, President, NEXE Innovations. "We expect that the new appointments will significantly strengthen our team as we focus on executing on our strategy".