Plano, Texas-based Stryve Foods Inc. has appointed Greg Christenson and Charlie Vogt to its board of directors, effective immediately.
Christenson will serve as a member of the audit committee and compensation committee, and Vogt will serve as a member of the compensation committee. The appointments will expand the board to nine directors, six of whom are independent.
“I am thrilled to welcome both Greg and Charlie to our board. They are proven leaders who possess broad and deep experience within their areas of expertise,” said Ted Casey, chairman of the board. “Their varied backgrounds, which are both rooted in optimizing growth, will be instrumental in helping Stryve achieve its strategic objectives.”
Christenson is the CFO of Champion Petfoods, a role he’s held since July 2019. Prior to that, he served as the CFO of multiple companies where he led all financial, accounting and IT functions, including Amplify Snack Brands, WhiteWave Foods and Oberto Brands. He also spent 14 years at Kraft Foods in several leadership roles.
Christenson holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a bachelor of science degree from Providence College. He is an experienced executive with a history of building brands, delivering growth and driving profitability.
Vogt is the president and CEO at DZS, a role he’s held since August 2020. Prior to DZS, he was president and CEO of four companies: ATX Networks, a provider of optical access networking and media distribution solutions; Imagine Communications, a provider of video software and unified distribution solutions; GENBAND (now Ribbon Communications), a provider of IP networking and software solutions; and Taqua, a provider of softswitch technology.
Earlier in his career, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of several standard-setting technology companies, including ADTRAN and Ascend Communications, among others, that either became public companies or were acquired.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from Saint Louis University. He brings two decades of experience as a CEO and more than 30 years of experience in executing visionary strategies that resulted in growth.
Stryve is an emerging healthy snacking and food company that manufactures, markets and sells healthy snacking and food products. Stryve offers products that are lower in sugar and carbohydrates and higher in protein than other snacks and foods.
Stryve’s current product portfolio consists primarily of air-dried meat snack products marketed under the Stryve, Kalahari, Braaitime and Vacadillos brand names. Unlike beef jerky, Stryve’s all-natural air-dried meat snack products are made of beef and spices, are never cooked, contain zero grams of sugar and are free of monosodium glutamate (MSG), gluten, nitrates, nitrites and preservatives. As a result, Stryve’s products are Keto and Paleo diet friendly.