Former Hermès CEO, Patrick Thomas, has joined MycoWorks as an independent member of the company board.
Thomas brings over 30 years of luxury market experience, having served as the chief executive of Hermès as well as in other C-level positions with Lancaster Group and Pernod Ricard. He currently serves as an independent chairman of Champagne Laurent Perrier and lead director of Teleperformance, in addition to various other roles.
“Patrick is a legend,” said Matt Scullin, MycoWorks CEO. “His understanding of building to scale in this space will accelerate our partnerships, ability to collaborate and ultimately in getting Fine Mycelium designed products into consumers’ hands.”
MycoWorks has been globally recognized for Fine Mycelium, an alternate mushroom-based leather that is durable, aesthetically appealing and has a much lower environmental impact.
Through his appointment, Thomas joins MycoWorks board directors, including Tjerk de Ruiter (independent), Anders Spohr (Novo Holdings), Kiersten Stead (DCVC Bio) and MycoWorks CEO Matt Scullin.
“The fashion and footwear industries’ desire to add quality animal leather alternatives to their design process is decades old and the demand from consumers is ever-growing,” said Patrick Thomas. “Why hasn’t the shift already started? Because MycoWorks’ Fine Mycelium technology is the first to meet their quality standards. MycoWorks will be the backbone of this expansion.”
Patrick joins MycoWorks’ board independently of the company’s relationship with Hermès.