Greg Van Gasse


Greg has over 30 years of global consumer brand experience that includes over a decade as CEO/President/Board/Founder/Chairman. His experience ranges from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. Greg consistently finds and executes strategic paths to successful company and brand performance. He has won numerous major awards for his ability to create, grow, and turnaround companies in fast pace industries that include footwear/apparel, cosmetics, personal care, and household products. Industry awards include: Fragrance of The Year, Footwear Brand of the Year, and Finalist NW Startup of the Year.

As a talented and seasoned senior executive with Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever he was responsible for successfully building and turning around billion dollar global brands such as Colgate Dental Care, Palmolive Brands, Vaseline and Ponds Skin Care. As a CEO/President and Board Member for leading footwear companies Greg brought his expertise to build wholesale and retail teams to grow leading brands such as Dr. Marten’s, Florsheim, and Naturalizer. His start-up experience includes creating a footwear company to save women’s feet from the damage caused by high heels, Oh! Shoes, Inc.

Particular strengths are building strong teams especially in marketing, sales, strategy, and relationships with retailers and consumers. Improved top and bottom line performance has been consistently delivered. He has successfully worked in senior level positions on 4 continents where he has repeatedly identified opportunities to create and grow consumer brands.

Greg is now focused on using his experience in advising (and often investing in) early stage consumer oriented companies achieve go to market success. He currently serves on a number of for profit and nonprofit boards.

Greg’s degrees include an MBA degree from Michigan State University focused on International Marketing.

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