Green & Tonic has named Christopher Barrett the chain’s new chief executive officer.
Barrett joins the five-unit health casual group’s founders, Cai and Jeffrey Pandolfino, following a round of financing this year. “Chris has a great history with the Green & Tonic consumer and helping small brands with significant development. We are thrilled to have a partner drive growth in this next exciting chapter at Green & Tonic,” Pandolfino said in a statement. “At Green & Tonic, we are committed to growing aggressively and responsibly, in step with consumer demand for accessible, high quality, and great-tasting foods with a social mission and engaged and informed service. Chris’s experience and perspective will be instrumental as we evolve from a regional player to a larger brand.”
Barrett joins Green & Tonic after six years in the L Catterton Partners family of portfolio companies. He has been focused in their consumer businesses with a passion for health, wellness, and fitness. He most recently, served as COO of Ideal Image (The Advanced Medical Spa) and COO of Flywheel Sports (Indoor Cycling – Never Coast). Prior to L Catterton, Barrett spent almost a decade in management consulting, most of which was with McKinsey & Company. He has a B.A. in astrophysics from Colgate University, a master’s of English from Cornell University in operations research and industrial engineering, and a M.B.A from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.
Barrett assumes the CEO role following Green & Tonic’s significant funding round led by Emil Capital Partners this spring.
“I am thrilled to join the Green & Tonic team and partner up with the founders Jeffrey and Cai Pandolfino. It will be a pleasure to come aboard and drive the growth of a great brand focused on providing delicious, plant-based, good-for-you food that fills both our consumers’ craving for great food and a feeling of wellness,” says Barrett of his joining. “We are fortunate to have a talented investor base that, with our recent capital raise, has put us in a great position to focus on expansion.”