Mr. Spanos brings 22 years of experience, including building and expanding global businesses, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and Danone, as well L-Nutra, a high growth biotech company. He is responsible for leading business development for META, building scale partnerships and accelerating revenue growth, to establish a global leadership position in the rapidly emerging metamaterials segment.
Mr. Spanos joined META from L-Nutra, Inc., a biotech company leading the discovery, design, and commercialization of novel, breakthrough nutrition technology and therapeutic solutions. In 2021, as President for the consumer division, he led the team to deliver 30% growth. Recently, he enabled triple digit growth in international business through reshaping partnerships in Italy, Germany, and the UK, expanding business in the Middle East and completing distribution deals in Japan and China.
Previously, Mr. Spanos was leading the marketing and business development efforts for the largest business unit of Danone globally, where he fueled a turnaround that drove sustained growth in retail sales as Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to Danone, Mr. Spanos spent ten years with PepsiCo, with his last role being Vice President Marketing. For one of the largest PepsiCo brands, with $10 billion in retail sales, he led the programs that helped the business unit become the fastest revenue growing carbonated soft drink in the PepsiCo portfolio. Mr. Spanos began his career in product management with Johnson & Johnson.
Since 2018, Mr. Spanos has been a Board member of the NARB (National Advertising Review Board) and has won numerous industry accolades including the International Marketer of the Year Award from the Internationalist/ANA. Mr. Spanos is an alumnus of Hartwick College of New York, with a bachelor’s degree in Management. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Miami, where he currently serves as Member of the Marketing Board for the UM School of Business.