David Lee, Guest Innovator at the CIA's Food Business School

David Lee

COO and CFO of Impossible Foods

David Lee is the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Impossible Foods, where he leads the company’s marketing, finance, human resources, IT, facilities, and supply chain functions. Impossible Foods is a Khosla, Horizons, and Bill Gates-backed company developing a new generation of delicious and sustainable meats and cheeses made entirely from plants. Its mission is to give people the enjoyment of food that comes from animals without the health and environmental drawbacks.

Previously as CFO of Zynga, David was responsible for leading the company’s finance and corporate development teams. David helped lead ZNGA from being majority web-based to mobile, driving mobile topline growth over 80% in one year. David delivered several quarters exceeding topline and bottomline guidance and delivered the first quarter of positive net income since 2013.

Prior to Zynga, David led corporate finance for Best Buy during its turnaround in 2013, and previously led the take-private transaction of Del Monte Foods to KKR for $5.5 billion. His prior experience includes PG&E’s turnaround, strategy consulting at McKinsey, venture capital investing, and advertising at the Leo Burnett Company.

David received his MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from Harvard College. He resides in Hillsborough, California with his wife and two daughters.