Howard Lossing started as Chief Operating Officer and now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Howard has held domestic and international leadership roles in marketing, sales, operations, and executive management with medical foods, packaged goods and start-up technology companies.
Howard previously held numerous leadership positions with Nutricia North America (a subsidiary of Danone) overseeing its severe protein allergy, inborn error of metabolism and ketogenic diet medical food businesses. He also led business strategy, development and acquisitions during his nearly nine-year tenure spanning assignments based in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Prior to Nutricia, Howard was an executive in two successful start-up technology firms and was with Procter & Gamble in several brand management positions in its Health Care and Paper divisions. Howard has a dual bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Nobuhisa Shimba now serves as Board of Director and Senior Vice President of Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Nobu leads Corporate Planning for governing the company and developing mid- and long-term strategy for future growth.
Nobu is also appointed as a head of Medical Nutrition Division in Ajinomoto North America Inc., which is the shareholder of Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Prior to Cambrooke, Nobu was in charge of New Business Development and Research & Development in Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
Nobu has a PhD from Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Tokyo, and was a visiting scientist at University of California, San Francisco. Nobu received several awards from the Chemical Society of Japan, The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry, etc. from his contribution to Life Science and Biotechnology Industry.
Lynn Paolella is co-founder of Ajinomoto Cambrooke (formerly Cambrooke Therapeutics, formerly Cambrooke Foods) and represents the heart and soul of Cambrooke’s mission. Originally inspired to feed her two children who have PKU, Lynn’s passion for feeding others keeps her at the forefront of food science and processing technology.
A recognized leader in the PKU community, Lynn continues to focus refining existing product formulations while working with the Cambrooke team to develop new and innovative product ideas. Amongst her roles, she serves as a support group liaison that provides support and patient advocacy while building strong metabolic community ties to both the families and the clinicians that serve them throughout the US and abroad. Her efforts on a national and international level keep her connected to leading researchers and health care providers in the rare disease space.
Manoj Nair manages the development and commercialization of new formula products along with providing guidance to the Quality Assurance team at Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Manoj brings twenty plus years of experience leading cross functional teams managing concept to commercial launch of value added food products across retail, food service and ingredient platforms.
Along with product and process development skills, Manoj also has significant experience in operational management and continuous improvement. Prior to Cambrooke, Manoj managed research and development, explored innovative technologies for strategic business fit and provided technical support to operations at HP Hood LLC.
Manoj has a Bachelors’ degree in Dairy Technology from Anand Agricultural University in India, a Masters’ degree in Dairy Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA from The Questrom School of Business at Boston University.
Paula Richard started as Controller and now serves as Treasurer for Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Paula is responsible for the financial and fiscal management of company operations which include accounting, finance, risk management and IT.
Paula has a history of aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and growth. This experience in business development has led to many successful acquisitions and partnerships throughout her career. Prior to joining Cambrooke, Paula held a Controller position at Plexus Services Corp. and previous to that, several financial positions at Agility, Inc. She has 28 years of experience in financial management within a manufacturing environment.
Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; Accounting from Fitchburg State University. She holds a certificate in Project Management from Boston University and a Black Belt certificate in Lean Six Sigma from D-Barr Innovations.
Valerie Barbieri is a Certified Human Resources Professional serving as Human Resources Manager for Ajinomoto Cambrooke’s North America and International Operations. As a member of Cambrooke’s Leadership Team, she is a consultative business partner and advocate for Cambrooke’s employee community with a strong focus on recruiting, performance management, career development, and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Cambrooke, Valerie held positions in marketing, sales, and manufacturing operations in aerospace and defense, as well as textile and food and beverage manufacturing industries. As a member of the MCC Corporate & Community Education & Training Advisory Board, Valerie understands the leadership skills required for college graduates to become successful in the workforce and embraces the value of life-long learning and skill development. Throughout her career Valerie has championed ESOL, Leadership and Workforce Development programs as well as Community involvement initiatives.
Valerie graduated from Burdett College, as well as Northeastern University’s Human Resource Management certification program, achieving Professional in Human Resources status from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Valerie is a long-standing member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Northeast Human Resources Association.
Panayiotis Charalambous serves as Commercial & Operations Director, International Operations of Ajinomoto Cambrooke. Panayiotis has an extensive track record in product sales, marketing and product lifecycle management. He is also well conversant with international logistics, skilled in marketing management, negotiation, business planning and coaching.
Panayiotis previously held numerous positions in different industries including food and beverage, shipping, building and construction and pharmaceutical. He has gained domestic and international experience in the areas of management, operations, sales and marketing, geographic expansion and business development.
Panayiotis has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and an MBA degree.
Elayna Rucker serves as the Corporate Marketing Director and Leader of the metabolic low protein food and ketogenic food business for Ajinomoto Cambrooke, leading overall corporate marketing strategy and initiatives. In addition to, product development, program implementation, creation of materials and execution of marketing tactics.
Prior to Cambrooke Elayna held a senior brand position at Nutricia North America (a subsidiary of Danone) working in the severe protein allergy category and helping lead the business for 8 years.
After earning her MBA from Howard University, Elayna has over 25 years of marketing experience and held numerous leadership positions, worked on top campaigns, launched many successful new products, developed new marketing strategies and worked on global initiatives. Her in-depth marketing experience expands among top 100 companies to include: Kraft Foods, The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Wyeth Ayers and Got Milk? She has been able to bring her passion for marketing to the Medical Foods industry for the last 13 years to help facilitate the strategy and communication plan to reach families and health care professional.
Natasha Raimondo serves as North American Sales Director of Ajinomoto Cambrooke, leading the sales and contracting strategy and execution for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Prior to Cambrooke, Natasha held leadership roles in sales management and marketing at Abbott Nutrition, and healthcare management in the acute care setting. As an MS, RD, Natasha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut, completed her internship at Yale, and obtained her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven.
Areas of expertise include oncology, geriatric/healthy aging, diabetes, renal, wound healing, enteral nutrition, and metabolics, with a focus on health economic outcomes and the cost benefits of nutrition intervention in acute care. Her passion to connect families with life-changing medical nutrition therapy fosters collaboration between Cambrooke, healthcare providers and patient communities to bring our mission to life.