Dariush Ajami, Sanjay C. Shah

Chief Innovation Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Beyond Meat

Dariush Ajami, Ph.D., joined Beyond Meat in June 2015. Since July 2018, Dr. Ajami has been Chief Innovation Officer of Beyond Meat. He served as Director of Chemistry from June 2015 to August 2016, Director of Research from August 2016 to August 2017, and Vice President of Innovation from August 2017 to July 2018. Prior to joining Beyond Meat, Mr. Ajami was an Assistant Professor of Molecular Assembly at The Scripps Research Institute and Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology from July 2008 to June 2015, where he worked on the fundamentals of molecular assembly, natural products, and their applications in therapeutic development. Mr. Ajami has a BS degree in Chemistry from Isfahan University, Iran, an MS degree in Organic Chemistry from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from Technical University of Brunswick (Technische Universit├Ąt Braunschweig), Germany.


Sanjay C. Shah joined Beyond Meat as Chief Operating Officer in September 2019. Before joining Beyond Meat, Mr. Shah served as Senior Vice President of Energy Operations at Tesla, Inc. from May 2018 to September 2019 where he was responsible for the worldwide Energy business and led the North America Sales/Services/Delivery for Automotive. From January 2011 to May 2018, Mr. Shah held a variety of leadership roles at Amazon.com, Inc., increasing in responsibility over time, including as regional director for various regions from January 2011 to July 2015, and as Vice President of North American Fulfillment Centers from July 2015 to May 2018 where he was instrumental in launching numerous new fulfillment centers during his tenure, implementing robotics technology, and achieving structural cost improvements through process and tools automation. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Shah served as Managing Director, Southeast Asia of MFG.com from September 2009 to January 2011 where he successfully launched Southeast Asia operations and led revenue and customer growth. From December 2000 to August 2009, he was an Executive Director at Dell Inc. managing sales and fulfillment operations, manufacturing, distribution and global growth of customer service. Mr. Shah currently serves as a member of the board for the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan. Mr. Shah received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.