Gilbert, Ariz., December 8, 2021 -- Footprint, Inc., a global materials science technology company focused on creating a healthier planet, announced today it has appointed Hilla Sferruzza as an independent member of its board of directors. Sferruzza has been the chief financial officer and executive VP for Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH) since 2016 and its chief accounting officer and SVP, corporate controller since 2008. Prior to Meritage, she served in various management roles at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), subsequently acquired by Marriott International, and as a public auditor for KPMG.
“I’m honored to join Footprint’s already strong and diverse board as the company continues to innovate to help companies move away from harmful single-use plastics,” Sferruzza said. “I’m passionate about sustainability and believe it’s the future for companies looking for both top- and bottom-line impact. I’m impressed with what Troy, Yoke and the team have accomplished in seven short years working with global customers and look forward to contributing as an independent board member.”
“We continue to add extensive experience and diversity to our board and Hilla has breadth and depth in strategic operations, finance and external transactions that will be vital to Footprint’s next phase of growth,” said Footprint Chairman of the Board Don Thompson.
“Footprint’s rich board expertise, combined with our talented senior leadership team and deep bench of engineers, position the company well for developing strategies and execution plans to meet record demand for plant-based solutions that address the plastic disaster,” said Footprint Co-Founder and CEO Troy Swope. “We’re pleased to welcome Hilla to the team.”
Background on Hilla Sferruzza
Ms. Sferruzza is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Arizona Society of CPAs, the National Association of Professional Women and Financial Executive International (“FEI”) and was voted Arizona Businesswoman of the Year – Real Estate in 2011 and CFO of the Year (FEI’s Arizona Chapter) in 2019. She earned her Executive Masters of Business Administration from Washington State University and her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting and Journalism emphasis from the University of Arizona. She is a frequent guest speaker at industry events and a commentator and contributor for various podcasts and finance and technology publications and has served as a board member for not-for-profit organizations and foundations. She is currently a member of the Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council and Finance Advisory Board.
Footprint has a clear vision to create a healthier planet and healthier people. Phase one of our mission is to provide solutions that eliminate single-use and short-term use plastics in our food chain. Footprint’s team of engineers use plant-based fiber technology to design, develop and manufacture biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable products that compete with plastic’s cost and exceed its performance, keeping harmful chemicals away from consumers in materials digestible by the earth. Footprint is rapidly expanding into new categories with unique and patented solutions for customers. Footprint’s products have already led to a global redirection of 61 million pounds of plastic waste from entering the air, earth, and waterways working with leading global consumer brands.
Footprint was founded in 2014 by former Intel engineers, Troy Swope and Yoke Chung. The company employs more than 2,500 employees, with operations in the U.S., Mexicali, Europe, and Asia. Footprint was named to the 2020 Fortune “Change the World” list in 2020, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovators Community and was named a CNBC Disruptor 50 company in 2021.