Who We Are

Andrew is the former CEO of Myprotein between 2012 and 2018, and Board Director at The Hut Group. At Myprotein Andrew oversaw the brand become the global leader online in the wellness space, driven by extensive range expansion, and aggressive globalisation.

He also managed and drove the build of a BRC A Grade state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Prior Head of Business Planning at Matalan and Pets At Home. Andrew is also CIMA qualified.

ANDY DUCKWORTH

Founder & CEO

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Paul has worked on the business strategy and supply chain for several years, spending a large amount of time in the US sourcing the best quality CBD raw materials.

Paul has also managed the Novel Food process with the Regulation team and the ACI.

Previous success in the drinks industry working with ALDI, Asda, TJ Morris, Lidl and many more.

PAUL FINNEGAN

Founder & Product Director

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Simon is an award winning developer with over 15 years' industry experience.

His career has ranged from being a University lecturer, a web developer for various charities and E-commerce businesses, a meetup and conference founder (McrFRED, UpFrontConf) and a Front-End Consultant for N Brown Group and the BBC.

He once appeared on National TV in Alex Polizzi's 'The Fixer' wearing a GitHub hoodie and Star Wars trainers!

SIMON OWEN

IT Director

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Jenny has spent the past five years working in social media, marketing and PR helping brands grow.

Previous to this Jenny worked as a reporter for Trinity Mirror newspapers in both Liverpool and Newcastle, as well as writing for monthly columns in magazines, newspapers and radio presenting.

She has a passion for healthy living, yoga and all things social media.

JENNY STIFF

Social Media Manager

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Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, specialising in E-commerce within the Retail and Fashion industries.

Extensive experience in Commercial Finance, Management Accounting and Business Intelligence including Customer Behavioural Analysis, Digital Marketing Analytics and optimisation.

A passionate advocate of CBD, well-being and fitness.

ARRAN BARNES

Finance Director

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For over a decade, Tom's produced creative content, campaigns and insights for global names across nutrition, sport, food and healthcare. Brands include Myprotein, Men’s Health, Co-op Food and Change4Life.

Dedicated to living a natural, active life, he loves to share his knowledge of eating right and training smart to help others make their own wellbeing choices.

TOM SALEH

Creative Content Lead

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Half-German half-Mexican who is passionate for football, fitness and to help people to live a healthier and happier life.

Background in International Sports Management and a Masters Degree in Management & Digital Business. Previously in charge of the Spanish and German Market for Myprotein, The Hut Group.

Expanding Naturecan to Germany mostly through E-Commerce, Digital Marketing and B2B.

ALEXANDER RINN ORTIZ

Trading Director Europe

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One half of the “Addison Bros”, Sean was born in Tokyo and lived there for 7 years before moving to the UK. A Chinese and Management BA graduate, he is multilingual and loves Asia.

Prior experience growing Myprotein’s Asian market working as Ecommerce Manager for Japan and Hong Kong, as well as founding a Japanese fitness clothing and supplement company. More recently worked as a consultant for FitFlop specialising in Digital Trade, Insight and Optimisation.

Passionate about football, health and food.

SEAN ADDISON-ABE

Trading Director UK/Japan

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Passionate about health and all things fitness, Rebeca combines her digital marketing expertise and strategic management with her experience as a strategy analyst in the financial sector in Manchester.

Rebeca is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and French and is determined to bring the best of Naturecan to the Spanish people.

REBECA GARCÍA

Country Manager Spain

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Kenji is half English, half Japanese, and speaks fluent Japanese.

Driving Naturecan's global expansion into the Japanese market. Using social media marketing, PR and improving client relations with Japanese businesses.

Passionate about football and all things health and wellness. Always looking for ways to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. An avid user of CBD for its physical and mental benefits that have been experienced first-hand.

KENJI ADDISON

Marketing Manager Japan

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Fred has worked for Myprotein for 5 years, launching over several new websites.

From Country Manager in Portugal to International Trading Manager, Fred worked closely with the operations team ensuring excellence when applying localization internationally.

Fred has also worked for Prozis helping entering the brazilian market and co-managing the transition from central to multiple urban warehouses.

Fred joined Naturecan pursuing a 3rd entry in Brazil and expanding the business in Portugal.

FRED COSTA

Country Manager Brasil & Portugal

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Eric is French and was the first Native country manager in Myprotein. Over 4 years, Eric grew the French website focusing on new customer acquisition via Social Media: he used his french flair to build a strong team of talents, to develop brand awareness and bring trust in the company to the customers.

Saint Etienne football fan, green again, Eric is also co-founder of a football freestyle brand: he knows how important a healthy lifestyle is, from everyday individuals to professional athletes.

Eric is convinced he will bring the French People as close as Nature that he can!

ERIC PERRET

Country Manager France

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Valeria hails from the beautiful Costa Rica and has dual nationality being bilingual in English and Spanish. Valeria is passionate about travel and fitness, an advocate for a healthy living and has been vegan since 2017.

Valeria's background is in industrial engineering and neuromarketing, with more than 10 years of experience combined.

Previously, she was a SEO & YouTube consultant for MyProtein, growing the company’s Spanish YouTube channel to +700k subscribers and managing the South Europe’s YouTube strategy.

VALERIA BRIANCESCO

Head of Content

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Aaron brings an authentic and analytical approach, with a wealth of experience working across the Supply Chain for global FMCG, Health and Beauty and Sports Merchandising retailers.

An eagerness to develop and improve the direct to consumer experience, with a successful track record of implementing large scale projects and operational enhancements from fulfilment to delivery.

Passionate about food and the outdoors, with a keen interest in football.

AARON HOOD

Fulfilment & Customer Service Director

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Aaron has been working in the digital sector for the past 7 years on a wide range of projects as an in-house developer and alongside some of the top digital and creative agencies in Manchester.

Aaron has a passion for web and social technologies and how they can be used to shape our future. Constantly striving to create rich, user friendly experiences bringing skills in design, development, testing and maintenance of web systems.

When he’s not behind his computer you’ll find him out on his bike, walking the dog or playing the saxophone.

AARON ALBINSON

Developer

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Ex professional cricketer of 14 years with Lancashire county cricket club.

Spent 6 years in the live music industry working for SJM Concerts on the logistics of live shows with artists such as Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Billie Eilish to name a few.

Keen golfer, cyclist and general sport and music fan.

KYLE HOGG

SEO

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With over 4 years experience in domestic and international logistics operations for FMCG, Matt will bring his expertise to the table assisting Naturecan to expand further than ever before.

Taking pride in his attention to detail he is a firm believer that if something is worth doing it is worth getting it right the first time, which has helped Matt to take part in several projects implementing logistical processes for new international markets.

MATT OAKLEY

Logistics Compliance Manager

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Rebecca has spent the last three years working in Digital Marketing across France, Canada and England. She has a proven record of E-commerce and Media Planning to drive traffic and increase brand awareness. Rebecca speaks fluently German, English, French and Spanish and holds a BA in International Business and an MBA in Brand Management.

Recently she oversaw the websites and E-commerce solutions of a portfolio of the world's largest automotive groups as well as founding a fitness and lifestyle E-commerce brand.

Passionate about healthy living Rebecca is determined to help Naturecan become the market leader for CBD in the DACH region.

REBECCA REISCHLE

Country Manager DACH

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A native Japanese based in Japan, who loves Japanese manga and anime, as well as fashion and travelling. Eika has 3 year experience working in fashion retail as a sales assistant and as one of the brand's sustainability leaders representing Japan.

She holds a BA in Economics from Oita University and is starting a MA in Fashion Design Management at London College of Fashion in autumn 2021.

Through her marketing role, she seeks to increase the awareness of CBD in Japan, where stress and mental health have been challenging issues.

EIKA SADA

Japan Marketing Executive

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Andy has over 15 years agency experience with numerous top design agencies, he brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the NC team. He is an all rounder and a fantastic addition to Naturecan.

He is a self acclaimed fitness and health enthusiast who lives an active lifestyle to keep in shape and has a passion for healthy food and a good diet.

ANDY TIGHE

Head of Design

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Sachiko is native Japanese. She has been working in the B2C ecommerce over 10 years in both Japan and U.K. She ended the hectic life in Tokyo, then moved to UK to study MSc international marketing degree in University of Sussex.

Prior working experience is growing UK based sport site Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles for Asia and EU as a online marketing manager.

Passionate for environmental and healthy lifestyle.

SACHIKO D'AVIGNON

Country Manager Japan

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Since graduating in 2017 with a First in Accounting & Finance from Leeds Metropolitan University, Lewis has spent time working in London and Barcelona in Finance roles. But more recently, Lewis lived out a lifelong dream of completing a Ski Season in Italy, combining his passion for skiing with his career, taking care of Finance Admin for the Italian resorts in his previous company’s portfolio.

Passionate about sport and the outdoors, strongly valuing the importance of exercise towards maintaining both physical and mental health. Keen Rugby player, Golfer and Snowboarder. Lewis is excited to explore the properties CBD products contain aiding faster recovery in exercise.

LEWIS STENSON

Assistant Management Accountant

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Iva graduated law but she found out the software technologies are her true love.

Iva is native Bulgarian and she has been working in the IT sector for the past few years.

She is passionate about fixing software issues, football and healthy lifestyle.

Iva likes spending time in the nature, travelling and reading about british history.

IVA KARAIVANSKA

Junior Developer

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Registered Nutritionist for the AfN who has worked within the Quality, Technical and Compliance functions for the past three years.

Graduated at Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc Public Health Nutrition degree. Previously worked at The Hut Group as a Specification Technologist looking after Foods / Food Supplements for MyVitamins, MyVegan, Beauty and Ingenuity categories.

Born and raised in Leicestershire, Imogen decided to make the move up north to expand on her knowledge for all things Nutrition, Food Law and now CBD products. Passionate for all things food, health and wellbeing.

IMOGEN BLACKSHAW

Senior Regulatory Compliance Officer

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Raised in London, Rhys has over 7 years of experience working in media agencies and networks.

His experience stretches across Affiliates, Lead Generation, Mobile & Partnership Marketing with him now bringing all these skills to the Naturecan Team.

In his spare time Rhys enjoys gymnastics & Muay Thai.

He was drawn to Naturecan after experiencing the psychical benefits that CBD can offer when training regularly.

RHYS SPENCER

E-commerce Manager UK

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Having worked and volunteered in 4 continents outside of Europe, Mary joins the team with a variety of work experiences.

Learning new languages, cultures and taking every role head on and jumping feet first, Mary will be bringing that same energy in joining Naturecan.

Taking the plunge in 2019, Mary trained for her yoga teacher qualifications in India and continues to teach and has launched her own yoga app. 53 countries visited so far, Mary is keen to continue add more to the list.

Never one to sit still, Mary continues with her fitness, freelance commercial work and search for good food until travels is back on the cards.

MARY YEUNG

Fulfilment Analyst

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Atsuya is a native Japanese. Currently living in a beautiful island Tanegashima, which is located in the south of Japan.

Recently he graduated from Oita University with a BA in Economics and is starting a MA in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne from August 2021.

Passionate about football and traveling. Also loves Fullmetal Alchemist as his favorite anime.

Strongly believe having CBD in Japanese lifestyle can bring a huge health benefit. He’s willing to achieve this with Naturecan.

ATSUYA TAZOE

Japan Ecommerce Executive

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Stefan has 5 years experience in International b2b sales, working with well known supplement brands like MyProtein and BPI Sports (USA).

His previous work includes 3 years at The Hut Group growing the B2B side in Eastern Europe, managing to build an annual 3.5m client base from scratch.

He speaks Polish and English, and is passionate about fitness and the importance healthy eating. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, as well as training in MMA, Judo, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

STEFAN JARECKI

B2B & Polish Ecommerce Manager

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Satomi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her home country, Japan, and her she focuses on ensuring more of Japanese customers get to experience Naturecan's product range.

Whilst studying her Masters degree, she also worked as a translator for multiple companies, and has more recently been an Account Manager for a tech company specialising in on-site engagement and digital advertising.

SATOMI FUJII

Brand Marketing Manager Japan

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A scientific and regulatory specialist who holds a degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

Previous roles have included working in a laboratory as an analyst to the account management of large pharmaceutical and tobacco companies for their analytical testing projects. Paul has sat on numerous working groups where he has advised on industry standard analytical methods.

Hugely passionate about music and sport, especially football.

PAUL HOLMES

Regulatory Support & Inhalation Devices Category Manager

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Daniel lives in Barcelona and is passionate about nutrition, health and trail running.

His background is in Business Management & Administration, and he has a Master Degree in Marketing Management. He started as an accountant at Sony for three years but has since been responsible for the Spanish market of brands such as Myprotein and Multipower.

More recently, Daniel has led Acquisition & Crm strategies for Antai's startup Carnovo in the Bcn Tech City, Barcelona's digital and technological ecosystem, where Glovo and Wallapop were born.

DANIEL FERNÁNDEZ

E-Commerce Manager Spain

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Jake has an immense amount of experience in the E-commerce digital area with over 10 years working in the internet retail industry.

Previously worked for multiple brands at The Hut Group, managing multiple websites and categories across the board. He believes strongly in a ‘quality’ approach, utilising his passion and growth within all areas and employing a professional image along the way.

Extremely passionate on living an active but healthy lifestyle, Loves to travel, eat good food, watch great films, and spend time with family and friends.

JAKE HEATH

E-Commerce Manager

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James joined Naturecan from a Big Four practice background after having trained in audit and accountancy, and is also a Member of the ICAEW.

Following an interest in international business, he studied abroad at the University of Florida, Warrington School of Business, before a marketing placement in Dallas.

After experiencing the sporting and fitness culture of Florida, James has chosen to work in an industry that matches his own interest of physical wellbeing and health.

JAMES AL-SAFFAR

Senior Management Accountant

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Julien has a medical background and has worked in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

He strives to provide first class support to our customers using both his excellent knowledge and expertise. For him, customer satisfaction comes first.

He is also a keen golfer, musician, and has a passion for healthy living.

JULIEN ROSSKAMP

Customer Success Manager DACH

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Lisa is native German and speaks three languages. She recently graduated with a BA in Business Economics with focus on marketing.

Always passionate about marketing, she has gained significant experience through several internships.

She is a creative individual that is passionate about healthy living and sports, and is motivated to help Naturecan grow in the DACH market.

LISA KREUTER

E-Commerce Coordinator DACH

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Panagiotis has spent the last three years in the digital marketing sector, managing online presence, social media strategy, and working with online advertising platforms.

He is fluent in Greek and English with a BA in Business Administration, specialising in Marketing.

In his spare time, he is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion in surfing, skateboarding and music.

He joined Naturecan to help improve the company’s digital presence.

PANAGIOTIS GIAKOUMAKIS

Global Website Implementation Executive

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Therese was born and raised in Sweden, and lived there for 18 years before moving over to the UK.

She is passionate about travelling, yoga, and enjoying the beauty of nature.

She has worked in customer retention and acquisition marketing for 10 years, creating trusted brands in both Nordic & English environments.

Therese is hoping to bring wellness and happiness to Naturecan customers through CBD.

THERESE NORDSTROM

Customer Success Manager - SE & FI

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Kate was born and raised in the North-West of England. She has worked in FMCG and Marketing for five years.

After graduating from her Biology degree, she worked at Aldi, Natures Aid, and spent three years at The Hut Group managing international wellbeing brand, ESPA.

Kate is a skincare enthusiast and a great believer in the importance of wellness.

Outside of work, she loves interiors and spends her time on DIY projects.

KATE ASSHETON

Brand Marketing Manager

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Alex lives in London and has experience in writing for international organisations in the healthcare and environmental sectors.

He speaks two languages and holds a BA in English and Spanish.

Prior to joining Naturecan, he has worked as a freelance artist, a content producer for Healix International, and a contributing writer for Earth.Org and True Nature Foundation.

Outside of work, his interests include music, art, hiking, and camping.

ALEX COUGHLAN

Content Producer

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Born in Oldham and graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in graphic design.

Gareth brings a decade of experience as a designer, having worked in greetings cards, vaping and brand design.

Passionate about typography and clean concise design forever working to the ideal of 'less is more'.

A keen guitar player, photographer, and lover of the outdoors

GARETH EASTWOOD

Senior Graphic Designer

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Roman is an up and coming developer with a background in medical biology. He has retrained with Code Nation on their 12-week master coding course to become a junior developer.

Former volunteer for PLEA as part of their patient working group where he was an advocate for patients who use Cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs).

Roman has a huge passion for human languages as well as computer ones, his current focus is learning Japanese through immersion based techniques. He also enjoys the company of his family's dogs, digital art and baking.

ROMAN HYDE

Junior Developer

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Regulatory professional with over 25 years EU and national regulatory and pharmacovigilance experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Holds a BSc Hons Biological Sciences (Molecular, Biochemistry and Microbiology) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Also qualified as a Yoga Instructor in 2007 & enjoys teaching a mix vinyasa style class on a regular basis.

PIPPA LINDSAY-MURRAY

Head of Regulatory Affairs

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Born and raised in Manchester Imran is a developer with a passion to problem solve and learn new technologies. Becoming a software developer has been something he has always wanted.

Imran likes to travel and visit many countries around the world.

His hobbies are playing football, cycling and hiking.

IMRAN NAWAZ

Junior Developer

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Joe is an up and coming developer after retraining from his previous career as a professional dancer. He travelled around the world for many years performing for TUI Cruises as a show team dancer and later, dance captain.

During the lockdown periods, Joe found his passion for technology and software. He completed the Code Nation 12 week immersive bootcamp and knew he wanted to pursue a career in tech. It was goodbye to dancing and hello to developing.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys a variety of sports, video gaming and Welsh mountain hikes.

JOE BENTLEY

Junior Developer

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Taylor lives in Cheshire, and in 2021, completed a Diploma in Full-Stack Software Development. This has allowed him to follow his passion for coding and turn his hobby into a career.

Outside of work, Taylor enjoys going to the cinema, playing video games and listening to/playing music.

TAYLOR BROOKES

Junior Developer

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Raul is Spanish and he has been working as a graphic designer in the advertising and ecommerce over 10 years in Barcelona and Manchester. He has a passion for technologies and web building.

Raul loves going to gigs and music festivals, sharing time with friends and travelling around the world.

RAUL SANZ

Junior Developer

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Dana is a Palestinian web developer, with a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management with Italian Language.

Dana loves playing video games, watching scary movies, and saving the planet and animals from climate change.

Dana Alami

Junior Developer

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Katie has graduated university with a pharmaceutical Science Undergraduate Degree and a Cosmetic Science Masters Degree. She completed her masters degree as she has always had an invested interest in the beauty industry on both the consumer and the science/ formulation side. Katie has previous experience working in a cosmetic manufacturer, working alongside account managers and chemists.

Katie aims to assist producing amazing CBD skincare products to help accentuate everyone’s natural beauty!

Katie McKeown

Cosmetic Regulatory Compliance Officer

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Luca is native Hungarian and studies Marketing in the beautiful city of Budapest. She is passionate about cooking, content creation and anything health related.

With her youthful drive, she's keen on introducing Hungarians to the many benefits of Naturecan CBD.

Luca Katona

Ecommerce Executive Hungary

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Dylan, born and raised in the Netherlands, is very hands-on and highly goal-driven, which has led him to start his own e-commerce business from scratch in 2016 focussed on retail in the fitness apparel industry. This, in turn, has resulted in a broad skill set with a focus on e-commerce/digital marketing.

Dylan enjoyed learning about digital marketing so much that he decided to pursue a degree in International Business & Management which he successfully graduated from in 2020. After this, Dylan started working in the UK as a digital marketer and got the opportunity to join the e-complete team as of 2021 as e-commerce manager for the Netherlands.

In his free time, Dylan loves going to the gym and learning about digital marketing, health and crypto.

Dylan de Vrieze

E-commerce Manager Netherlands

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Monika is half Czech, half Cambodian and loves to travel, hike and never misses a UFC fight.

She has a background in journalism and media communication and has found a deep passion for holistic health and wellness as she started her own health journey in 2018.

In her previous role, Monika worked as an event and sales manager in Prague, where she helped plan, coordinate and oversee social and business events.

With an interest in the health industry, Monika hopes to offer people new and alternative ways to improve all aspects of their health through CBD.

Monika Spáčilová

E-commerce Manager Czech Republic

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Grown up as a Kurdish girl in Germany. Work as a dental prophylaxis assistant full time.

Love to travel Europe and would love to see the whole world and learn about all cultures. I love to spend time with my family and friends.

Through my learned profession, patients are my top priority and it is just as important to me that customers are satisfied and all open questions are answered.

Sonja Kaplan

Customer Service DACH

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Dave has over 20 years experience of leadership roles within retail buying, working for a variety of businesses in the UK and Australia.

A large amount of that time was spent with industry leading retailer Pets at Home, where he was the Head of Trading.

His passions are sport, travelling and live music events.

Dave Hughes

Buying Director

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Yuko was born in Oita, Japan. She graduated from Oita University, Major in Economics and worked for an urban planning company in Japan for five years as sales assistant.

Yuko moved to Cardiff for post graduate study in City and Regional Planning at the Cardiff University and worked for several companies in UAE and UK.

She still lives in Cardiff and enjoys the beautiful nature of Wales.

Yuko Kono

Customer support representative

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After finishing her Msc in Business Psychology Ronja joined THG (Myprotein) as Influencer Marketing Executive.

She has gained Influencer Marketing experience on the brand side (Myprotein) and and on the agency side (MG Empower) before returning to the brand side, joining Naturecan DACH. Having seen both sides, her knowledge expands from the creative side to the performance based side of influencer marketing.

Ronja is passionate about helping people being happy and confident in their life. She is fluent in German and English and loves all kinds of dancing, fitness and reading books in her free time.

Ronja Ostner

Influencer Manager DACH

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Native Japanese with five years of marketing experience in various industries from hospitality, to media, to entertainment.

She helps Naturecan's website updates, CRM email automation, as well as social media management and influencer marketing.

Her hobbies include traveling, kombucha making, and occasional gym workouts!

Emi Kakizakai

Digital Marketing Manager Japan

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Dejan was one of the first native Country managers at Myprotein. After achieving significant success by promoting the brand and creating a large base of loyal customers, he returned to Croatia. Over the next few years, in addition to daily work, he was further educated in marketing and management. Coincidentally, after injuring himself in arm wrestling training, CBD came into his hands, which, despite all the doctors' predictions, successfully helped the injury to heal in record time. Thanks to his faith in the product, Dejan got involved in its promotion. After receiving positive reviews from friends who tried CBD, he decided to join Naturecan as a permanent team member.

Passion for fitness and cooking. He has a background in judo, boxing, taekwondo, wrestling and karate.

Dejan claims that thanks to top quality and customer support, Naturecan products will easily find their way to those whose health and beauty of life come first.

Dejan Broz

Country Manager Croatia

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