Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Brett began his career in 1988 in brand management in the healthcare division of Procter & Gamble after graduating from Dartmouth College. In 1990 he became Vice President of On Target Media (now Patient Point) specializing in point of care marketing and patient education. In 1992 he co-founded Imagitas with his wife Ginger Salazar and was Chairman and CEO from its founding to successful sale to Pitney Bowes in 2005. Imagitas created public private partnerships with federal and state governments, along with many Fortune 500 companies. The Carlyle Group and Bain Capital were minority investors. After the sale, Brett spent a decade in philanthropy, board service, and investing. Brett’s son had severe health issues in high school, and proper nutrition was critical in his healing. Brett learned about the power of food to heal and invested in Kate Farms in 2014, became Chairman and later CEO. Brett has built a strong culture and team, focusing on bringing a higher standard of nutrition into health care so that people can live their best life.
Cynthia Ambres, MD
Chief Medical Officer
With more than 30 years as both a practicing physician and a healthcare executive, Dr. Ambres joined Kate Farms to lead our clinical strategy and research initiatives and oversee our team of clinical nutrition managers. She’s an entrepreneurial dynamo who has run a successful consulting company specializing in provider and payer transformation, has twice served as the Chief Medical Officer, once at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Northeastern and Western New York, the second at Kaleida Health. She was in the Global Center of Excellence at KPMG’s Global Healthcare group. She got her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, earned a Masters degree in Health Policy and Management at New York University and did her post-doctoral surgical internship and fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined Bain Capital after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1989, moving to product management at Fleet Bank in 1992. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom joined Brett at Imagitas as a Product Manager in 1997. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and succeeded Brett as the CEO in 2005 after helping to lead the sale of the company to Pitney Bowes. Tom joined Kate Farms in 2019 after 10 years at Cartera Commerce, where he was the Chief Executive Officer and President. He led the successful sale of the company to Ebates/Rakuten in 2017, continuing in his role until 2019.
Chief Sales Officer
Pat joined Kate Farms in 2017 after nearly 30 years in sales, operations and commercial marketing at leading global life sciences and medical device companies, most recently at HeartWare where he was responsible for global marketing of the HVAD System. He was with Boston Scientific for 16 years, working in sales and marketing roles in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to that, Pat was in sales at Baxter Healthcare’s scientific products division. Based in the Kate Farms’ Boston office, Pat leads a team of 40 (and growing) sales professionals responsible for the brand’s medical sales, channel management, and distribution groups.
Catherine Hayden, MBA, RD
Vice President/General Manager
Catherine joined Kate Farms in 2018 after nearly a decade at Mead Johnson Nutrition where she rose from a neonatal academic specialist to the Associate Director of US Medical Marketing. She started her career in medical nutrition as a registered dietitian, working in the pediatric and NICU departments of Alberta Health Services in Canada. She has a Bachelors degree in Applied Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Catherine oversees our three business units as well as the brand marketing team.
Chief Experience Officer
After graduating from Dartmouth, John joined Procter & Gamble in brand management in 1988 where he honed his marketing and general management skills for more than a decade. He then became successful at consumer-oriented technology start-ups including Hotwire.com where, as CMO, John drove runaway growth which resulted in a $750 million acquisition by Expedia.com in 2004. He then joined The Clorox Company as Vice President and General Manager and was responsible for driving double-digit growth of the Clorox franchise before leading the successful acquisition of Burt’s Bees. In 2013 John co-founded and served as CEO of life sciences company MicroNature which now has its groundbreaking natural food safety technology in regulatory trials. He joined Kate Farms in 2017 and as CXO he leads inspired teams to create groundbreaking consumer experiences (CX) and employee experiences (EX) that are enabling Kate Farms to change the face of medical nutrition.
Executive Vice President of Product and Operations
Casey Bauer is our Executive Vice President of Product and Operations. He joined Kate Farms in May of 2020 after a 20-year career in supply chain planning and logistics, most recently as the COO at Nutrabolt. Casey graduated from UCLA Anderson School of Management with an MBA in strategy and operations, received a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from University Southern California and his received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Casey and his team are responsible for supply management, manufacturing, quality control and distribution.