Deep Branch names new CFO and COO

Source: press release, 28 November 2022

Tanja van Dinteren, Deep Branch CFO and COO
Tanja van Dinteren, Deep Branch CFO and COO (photo: Deep Branch)

Deep Branch, a creator of high-value ingredients for a more sustainable food system, has appointed Tanja van Dinteren as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). As well as leading the planning, implementation and managing of all the company’s financial activities, Tanja will be responsible for fostering a positive work environment as Deep Branch transitions from start-up to scale-up. She will also ensure the business is primed for commercialisation in a few years.

With 25 years of experience in financial roles across multiple sectors, van Dinteren brings various skills and extensive knowledge to Deep Branch. She started her career with leading professional services firm KPMG and spent over 8 years with renewable energy group ENGIE in various roles, including CFO for ENGIE Energy in The Netherlands. During this time, Tanja ensured ENGIE remained profitable in all areas and was responsible for identifying opportunities for acquisitions, including leading discussions with advisors and exploratory talks with potential targets, as well as conducting negotiations.

Tanja van Dinteren replaces Deep Branch’s former CFO, Lisa Thomas, who has stepped back from executive responsibilities to explore opportunities requiring less international travel. The company has appointed Tanja in a hybrid CFO/COO position to provide a robust platform for growth. This dual role will also marry the business’ financial and operational performance and ensure that all key metrics to track success are clearly defined for informed decision-making.

Commenting on joining Deep Branch, van Dinteren says, “Deep Branch is a people-oriented company with a strong vision for ensuring food security. We address two of the world’s most significant challenges – increasing CO2 levels in our atmosphere and a growing population leading to higher fish, poultry and meat demands. The world needs innovations and technologies such as our proprietary gas fermentation platform (R)evolve™. I’ve already seen our team’s passion, enthusiasm and professionalism, and it’s great to have the opportunity to join and contribute to our success.”

Deep Branch’s CEO Pete Rowe adds, “As a fast-growing company, we must balance being flexible, recognising that roles and responsibilities can change as we grow, and remaining structured to ensure stability. As we enter a new chapter of our growth, we decided it was time to bring in some new experience and skills and better define the scope of work for our leadership team.”

“We needed a candidate for our new CFO/COO hybrid role that was comfortable working in a dynamic start-up culture and understood how and why to evolve the company into a more mature organisation as we grow. This meant that we required someone with experience in larger, rapid-growth organisations comfortable with changes happening quickly. I’m confident we have this person in Tanja. She fills every room with positive energy and knows how to lead organisations to perform better and provide value and meaning for all team members,” Rowe continues.