Brian D. Briggs 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Brian Briggs joined FlavorSum as president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors in April 2020. He has over 30 years’ executive, financial, and operations experience in profitably building companies in the public, family-owned, and private equity sectors, with a focus on operational excellence and M&A activity. Brian has led or participated in 32 M&A processes. 

Prior to his appointment at FlavorSum, Brian was president of TIC Gums, Inc. having previously served on the Board of Directors and as chief operating officer. He led the 100-year-old family-owned business through its sale to Ingredion and chaired the Maryland Manufacturers Advisory Board to the governor. 

Previously, Brian worked with Sterling Capital Partners as executive vice president and chief financial officer of portfolio company SecureNet, a payment processing technology provider. For twelve years before that, Brian served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Custom Direct, Inc. (TSE: CDI), leading the company through a series of acquisitions and an eventual IPO. During that period, he was instrumental in building EZShield, Inc., a subsidiary of Custom Direct, as an identity theft protection business. 

Brian holds a degree in finance and economics from Cornell University and has completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, Stanford Graduate School, and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. He is a regular speaker at industry and business events on leadership, growth, and M&A activities.