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06/15/2021

Daiya Foods appoints new finance lead

Melissa Lee returns from the U.S. to fill the chief financial officer role

Plant-based foods maker Daiya Foods has appointed Melissa Lee to the position of chief financial officer.

In this role, Lee will be responsible for leading the finance and IT teams for the Vancouver-based company.

Lee returns to Canada from the U.S., where she recently worked with Walmart as vice-president, corporate FP&A. Prior to that, Lee spent 10 years holding progressively senior finance roles in merchandising, supply chain, store operations and e-commerce with Walmart Canada. Lee also spent eight years with Unilever Canada.

As chief financial officer, Lee becomes a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to chief executive officer Michael Watt.

"The appointment of Melissa Lee to the position of chief financial officer comes at an exciting time for Daiya; we have just opened our new state of the art plant-based food manufacturing and innovation facility, the largest and first of its kind in North America," said Watt, in a press release. "I look forward to working closely with Melissa as we accelerate Daiya's leadership position in the plant-based movement."

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