Dec 17, 2019
Bryan Crowley’s path to the top spot at fast-growing “complete food” brand Soylent was years in the making. A veteran CPG executive, Crowley cut his teeth at Anheuser-Busch and held leadership positions at Mars, Pabst, Veev and KeVita before joining Soylent in 2017.
In an interview included in this episode, Crowley spoke about how his career experience shaped his leadership style and helped frame his vision for the future of Soylent. He also discussed how the brand’s mission and growth strategy have each evolved, why it has embraced GMO ingredients and what the notion of “better for you” means for modern consumers. This episode is presented by Flavorman, the beverage architects.
2:12: Interview: Bryan Crowley, CEO, Soylent -- At BevNET Live Winter 2019, Crowley sat down with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif to chronicle his career as a CPG executive. He explained why, shortly after earning a degree in journalism, he took a sales role with Anheuser-Busch, one that would serve as both a “rude awakening” and “one of the best experiences of [his] life.” He also discussed the importance of living and breathing the brand that you’re representing, why employees seeking to advance their careers need to fully understand and leverage their strengths and how he landed his first CEO job with vodka brand Veev. Later, he spoke about stepping in as Soylent’s CEO following the departure of the brand’s founders and how he navigated apprehension among some employees concerned about his appointment. He also explained why “poor communication” is the reason that many new leaders struggle, the importance of a “30/60/90” plan, aligning his strategic vision with the cache and reputation of Soylent, why the brand is “pro-science” and why he’s not concerned about criticism about the products’ formulation.
Brands in this episode: Soylent, Flying Embers, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Veev, KeVita, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat