Jane Miller

  • Beachheads Advisor, North America

  • FMCG

  • North America

Jane is the current CEO of HannahMax Cookie Chips, based in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she was the CEO of ProYo, a high-protein natural food and ingredient startup. Jane first became involved as a leader in the natural food industry as CEO and president of the Charter Baking Company, a private-equity backed roll-up of organic and natural bakeries. Hired to turn around business performance, she divested an unprofitable division and doubled the sales and profitability of the premier brand, Rudi’s Organic Bakery. That division was successfully sold to the Hain Celestial Group in April 2014.

Prior to Charter, she had 25 years of experience in consumer products. She was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy. She worked for the H. J. Heinz Company as first the chief growth officer and then the president of the UK & Ireland division. She ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. The first 14 years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the president of the Central Division of Frito-Lay.

She is the founder of a career advice website, Janeknows.com, and the author of Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success) (FG Press, 2014). She serves as a board member and lecturer at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a board member at Eldorado Springs Artesian Water and Madhava Sweeteners. Her involvement as a mentor for young professionals and startups resulted in her being named the Denver Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in 2013, named as one of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s “Women Who Light the Community” in 2015, and presented with Naturally Boulder’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, from where she received an Alumni Achievement Award in 2017, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Advisory Areas: 

  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Startups
  • Product Development
  • Customer Insight
  • Brand Management 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consumer Products
  • FMCG
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Specialty Foods
  • Shopper Marketing
  • Natural Foods
  • Retail
  • Digital Media
  • Integrated Marketing

Sector Experience:

  • Beverages 
  • FMCG 
  • Food Processing 
  • Natural Products 

Geographies:

  • Boulder 
  • USA