Kate Farms, the maker of plant-based nutrition shakes, has appointed Christopher (Casey) Bauer as executive vice president, product and operations. Previously, Bauer was COO at Nutrabolt, the global sports nutrition company.

In this newly created position, Bauer will oversee supply management, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and quality in addition to product development and innovation for Kate Farms’ rapidly growing business. Bauer will be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Barbara.

Bauer brings nearly 20 years of proven success across various operations functions. At Nutrabolt, he was instrumental in scaling operations with quality and innovation. Before his role as COO, Bauer was senior vice president of supply chain at Nutrabolt, with a focus on the supply chain planning process.

Prior to Nutrabolt, Bauer served at Pharmavite as divisional vice president of supply chain planning and integrated logistics, focusing on vitamins and supplements.

“Casey’s expertise in helping companies scale along with his dedication to Kate Farms’ core values make him a valuable new member of our team,” said Brett Matthews, chairman and chief executive officer. “As we continue our rapid growth serving people with medical needs, we are committed to hiring the best talent in the industry to fulfill our mission to make nutrition the foundation of health.”

“I was drawn to Kate Farms because of the company’s core values and strong emphasis on quality, and feel that the contributions I can make as part of the team will help put people’s health at the forefront,” said Bauer. “Nutrition is key in order to thrive and I’m excited to help put Kate Farms into the hands of those who cannot only benefit, but thrive.”

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