Shazi Visram is the Founder and CEO of organic baby & toddler food company, Happy Family.
Founded in 2003, Shazi was inspired by her friend to make a premium product for child nutrition. She raised $500,000 from friends and family, including investments as small as $2,500 in the early days.
Happy Family today has over US$130 million in sales, 100 products sold over 34 countries, and was forecast to surpass $150 million in revenue in 2016. In May 2013 Shazi sold 92% of Happy Family to Groupe Danone. The brand now sells more than 100 products in 34 countries.
Some of Shazi’s awards and accolades include:
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the New York region in 2011
Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 in 2012
Being nominated as one of of Babble’s “moms who are changing the world” for 2011
Being ranked #2 in Inc Magazine’s list of 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the food industry
Shazi holds a BA from Columbia University in History and Visual Arts and an MBA from Columbia Business School in Management and Entrepreneurship.
Newell Brands is a publicly listed global-leading consumer goods company, with a market capitalisation of over $20 billion dollars (NZD), over $16 billion (NZD) in global sales and more than 50,000 employees. It houses many leading brands around the world, including Rubbermaid, Coleman, Sharpie, Parker Pens, Pure Fishing, Krazy Glue, Bicycle and Bee Playing Cards, Sunbeam, and Yankee Candles.
Newell Brands acquired Brendan Lindsay’s Sistema Plastics for $660 million in November 2016.
Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Mark was the former head of Global Corporate Strategy for Unilever, where he spent 14 years in a variety of senior strategy, business and finance roles, and the founder of the international consulting firm Tarchetti & Co. Ltd.
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in joint honors, economics and politics from Durham University in the United Kingdom.