This week’s Washington University Olin Business School Executive Edge focuses on Ronak Sheth of Food Essentials.

Ronak Sheth serves as the executive vice president, product and strategy for FoodEssentials, a St. Louis-based start-up developing best of breed technologies to solve problems related to food label data for consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and the government.  In this role, Ronak is a member of the executive team where he touches all aspects of the business with a focus on leading product innovation, growth strategy, and client development and relations.

Prior to accepting the outstanding opportunity to join a vibrant and growing startup, Ronak launched his own data and analytics services company, Phorkball. Ronak’s personal philosophy is that client engagements begin by understanding objectives, stakeholder expectations, and current project activities.

Ronak is an experienced professional with significant experience leveraging consulting and technology skills to facilitate higher confidence strategic business decisions for global clients. He has over a decade of experience in consulting, enterprise software, manufacturing, sales and marketing; and, has helped drive strategic initiatives for best-in-class organizations including Diageo, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Clorox, Chevron, Jaguar and Rawlings. His specialties include startups, business strategy, data, analytics, generating revenue, and driving customer satisfaction.

Ronak earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University and his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

He is active in the St. Louis community, serving as a board member for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals where he helps drive the organization’s strategy which is to positively impact the lives of hospitalized children and their families by raising funds and awareness equally and benefiting partner hospitals, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.


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