Xampla appoints new CEO to scale-up plastic-free materials

19th October 2023 Press Release

Cambridge-based Xampla has today (19th October) announced the appointment of its new CEO to scale-up the business.

Alexandra French, an experienced chemist with a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, has joined Xampla to lead it through the next phase of growth.

Alexandra brings extensive experience after 25 years at specialty chemicals company, Johnson Matthey, where she held a variety of senior leadership, commercial, operation and technical roles, and her most recent role leading operations at AIM listed company, Titon, across the UK, Europe, the US and South Korea.

“I am really excited to be joining such an inspiring company, with a compelling mission, groundbreaking technology, a fabulous team and company values that are completely aligned with my own.
“As a business leader and CEO, I have a track record of delivering results and I look forward to bringing my leadership experience to Xampla.
“I aim to create a strong strategic vision that we can deliver together, taking the business from strength to strength. We have an extremely exciting future ahead.”

Alexandra French CEO of Xampla

Alexandra will spearhead Xampla as the business scales up operations and partnerships with leading brands and manufacturers.

Last month, Xampla launched Morro after consumer insights revealed that more than half of the UK public see plastic as a ‘material of the ‘past’ and three quarters would prefer their products in natural sustainable packaging rather than plastic.

Based on 15 years of research at the University of Cambridge, Morro sustainable materials are a badge for a better future.

The ‘Morro marque’ on packaging will indicate to consumers where its high-performing, plant-based materials have been used to make products.

“Since making our first hire in 2020, Xampla has grown exponentially. From launching our breakthrough material to market, to working with household brands including Gousto and Britvic, the business has continued to grow from strength to strength.
“With the launch of Morro, we are now looking forward to the future and announcing further partnerships and product developments with the world’s biggest brands. We have an exciting next chapter ahead, with Alexandra at the helm.”

Pete Hutton Chairman of Xampla



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