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The Bento Team
President & CEO
Glenn was the Executive Vice President of Bento Sushi since its incorporation and of Bento Nouveau Ltd. since 2002. He also spent a year in Japan where he cultivated a deeper understanding of sushi and sushi culture, and his expertise has proven to be instrumental to the success of Bento Sushi. Glenn was appointed President in 2014, and in 2016 became President and CEO.
Keith has 20 years of experience in executive finance positions in both private equity and public companies. Keith is designated as a CPA and CA with extensive expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, accounting and tax. Prior to 2016, Keith held senior finance positions at Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, General Motors and was a part-time instructor at the University of Toronto.
Senior Vice President, On-site and Retail Operations
Prior to joining Bento, David worked at Boston Pizza, in both training and management roles. He then joined Bento Sushi in 2009 as Ontario Operations Manager, successfully managing multiple departments including Factory, Warehouse, Fleet, Order Desk, Procurement and Supply Chain. In 2016, David was promoted to his current role as Senior Vice President On-site and Retail Operations, managing the aggressively growing US based operations.
Director, Human Resources
Cherry is designated as a CHRP, with over 15 years of extensive experience in the Human Resources field. In 2015, she joined Bento Sushi in the role of Human Resources Manager. Since then, Cherry has held progressive positions within the department, and in 2021, was promoted to her current role as Vice President of People Operations, providing strategic expertise on developing and sustaining a high performance culture and workforce.
Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain
Takako joined Bento Sushi back in 2001 as the company’s first Area Manager, overseeing the on-site and retail operations. As the company grew, Takako was promoted to General Manager, Ontario Operations, in 2007, responsible for 220 stores across Ontario. In 2010, she became Bento’s Purchasing Director, a new role which allowed her to use her experience in field management and product development to stream-line the sourcing and purchasing of the highest quality ingredients. In 2014, Takako was promoted to her current role as Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain, currently overseeing the Canadian and US supply chain.
Vice President, Sales and Account Management
After graduating from Western University’s Ivey Business School in 2009, Andrew spent 3 years in Retail with Sears Canada prior to joining Bento in 2012. Starting in brand marketing, Andrew learned the Bento business and moved into Account Management where he developed and established new B2B partnerships with leading grocery and foodservice retailers. Andrew worked with the various internal departments to grow Bento sales and oversaw marketing strategy and product development until his promotion to Vice President Sales and Account Management in 2018 to focus on the partnership aspect of the business. In 2021 Andrew moved into his new role of Vice President Factory Operations where he oversees the Bento Express Product Line and Bento’s 6 Sushi Factories across Canada and the United States.
Vice President, Marketing
Erica has more than 25 years experience in the food industry in the US and Canada. She rejoined Bento Sushi in July 2017 as Senior Director of Marketing to lead the expansion in the US and growth in Canada and was recently promoted to Vice President, Marketing. She is responsible for leading the development of marketing and business strategy for all channels of business. Prior to 2017, she held the Director of Marketing role at Extreme Pita, a Canadian-based fast-food chain part of the MTY Group.
Senior Director of Business Partnerships
Pat has over 25 years of experience in the retail and packaged goods/manufacturing industry. Over this time, he has worked for some of Canada’s Top Supermarket Chains holding roles in Category Management, Product Development as well as Sourcing & Procurement. Prior to joining Bento Pat was a Director of Business Develop with Advantage Solutions representing Ocean Spray Products. Pat joined Bento in April 2019 and is responsible for all North American Business Partnerships.