Chris Brighton

VP RD&O

Chris joined JDE’s Executive Committee in 2019 at VP RD&O. 

Chris spent a large part of his early career at Mondelez (1990-2015) working in a variety of coffee roles ranging from Research Engineer to Business Development & Engineering Director EU Coffee.

In 2015 he was appointed Director Manufacturing Integration and Engineering at JDE, responsible for  key strategic planning globally driving COGS optimization and maximizing scalability across the full product lifecycle. Chris is well known for his consistent and personal management style that inspires energy and enthusiasm, unifying his team and giving exporting confidence to deliver fast to-market NPD solutions. In 2019, as the VP RD&O, he is looking forward to continuing to strive for record output efficiencies across our instant network and delivering SiSe consumers increased access to a wider variety of high quality convenient  coffee products. 

Chris grew up in Norwich, he graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge with a BA in Chemical Engineering. He is married with 2 adult sons, enjoys spending time in the mountains of Switzerland and has collected football teams from each career location : Norwich City, Cheltenham Town, FC Zurich Young Boys Bern and Ajax.