David Lee


Impossible Foods

David is the CFO of Impossible Foods, a Khosla, Horizons, and Bill Gates-backed company developing a new generation of delicious and sustainable meats and cheeses made entirely from plants. Its mission is to give people the enjoyment of food that comes from animals without the health and environmental drawbacks. From 2015-2019, he led the business functions as COO to transform Impossible from pre- revenue to hyper-growth, with global sales and a complete commercial manufacturing and supply chain capability. David successfully grew Impossible from pre-revenue to over $100M of annualized revenue with double digit annual growth and raised over $1.350 billion debt and equity to fund commercialization.

Previously as CFO of Zynga ($2.3 billion public company, Ticker ZNGA), David was responsible for leading the company’s finance and corporate development teams. David helped lead ZNGA from being majority web-based to mobile (in Q3 of 2015 69% of the business was mobile versus 36% when he started), driving mobile topline growth over 80% in one year (2014 vs. 2013). David delivered several quarters exceeding topline and bottomline guidance and delivered the first quarter of positive net income since 2013.

Prior to Zynga, David led corporate finance for Best Buy during its turnaround in 2013, and previously led the take-private transaction of Del Monte Foods to KKR for $5.5 billion, resulting in over 40% return to shareholders. His prior experience includes leading the $2 billion-topline set of brands at Del Monte Foods as SVP of Consumer Products, PG&E's turnaround during the California Energy Crisis, strategy consulting at McKinsey, venture capital investing, and advertising at the Leo Burnett Company.

He also spent time creating and implementing consumer growth plans at the Leo Burnett Company, McKinsey & Company, Enterprise Venture Capital and Pacific Venture Capital.

David is on the Board of Crew, a Greylock and Sequoia-backed technology startup empowering front-line mobile workers with software to connect them to each other and employees. He is also on the Board of AppHarvest, an innovative company building some of the world’s largest indoor farms, combining conventional agricultural techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical free fruits and vegetables to be sold to the top 25 U.S. grocers.

David is a Fellow at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), based in Washington, D.C. and a Fellow of the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL), an organization sponsored by the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Social Work.

David received his MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard College. He resides in San Mateo, California, with his wife and two daughters.