CEO Nielsen (right) with wife Emily and daughters, Isabella, Emma, Lola, and Penelope, and rescue puppy Squash

CEO Nielsen (right) with wife Emily and daughters, Isabella, Emma, Lola, and Penelope, and rescue puppy Squash

CEO JUST FOOD FOR DOGS

WHY: Former Nestlé and Starbucks executive hired for the top post at the fastgrowing fresh whole food maker for pets in July; takes over title from Carey Tischler, who now counts president role.

RECENT: Startup raised $68M late last year, bringing the company’s total funding to $89M. Announced plans to expand to key markets in Illinois and Texas; grow the team to 650 employees by year’s end.

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NOTABLE: Since February, the company said it has seen call volume double, and a 400% increase in e-commerce orders compared to the same time frame last year. “Just as you and I might be thinking more about our health, I think a lot of people are more in tune to their [pet’s] health,” execs told the Business Journal in April.

2020 HOBBY: “Since moving to Orange County, we have incorporated movement as a family. We have been enjoying going on long walks after dinner as a new favorite hobby.”