ABOUT CORAVIN

Coravin is changing the way the world drinks wine.s

Coravin, Inc. is a privately held company located in Burlington, Massachusetts focused on transforming the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Systems for wine enthusiasts, restaurants, wine stores and wineries. Unparalleled in craftsmanship and design, Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to explore wines of any vintage, varietal or region, one taste at a time.

Coravin was founded by Greg Lambrecht, a medical device inventor and executive with a passion for wine and innovative technology. He was inspired to bring the two worlds together to solve and create a product that allowed him to enjoy glasses of wine without committing to the whole bottle. Greg spent years testing and improving upon his original design until the Coravin System became what it is today. Greg was approached by his friend, successful entrepreneur and wine enthusiast Josh Makower, and together they began to build a world-class company.

Meet the Team

Executive bios

Greg Lambrecht
Founder & Board Member

Greg Lambrecht is the inventor, founder and board member of Coravin™. Mr. Lambrecht is also Founder and Executive Director of Intrinsic Therapeutics, Inc, a venture-backed medical device company focused on addressing the needs of patients with spinal disorders. In addition, Mr. Lambrecht is the founder and board member of Viacor, Inc., a start-up medical device company in the Boston area. Previously, Greg was Vice President of Product Development & Marketing at Stryker, a global orthopedic implant company where he directed the development and launch of numerous successful orthopedic implants. Mr. Lambrecht also held various management positions within Pfizer’s Medical Technology Group, where he directed and implemented a breakthrough process for inventing and developing new technologies. Mr. Lambrecht holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds numerous patents in the fields of gynecology, general surgery, cardiology, and orthopedics.

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Josh Makower
Co-Founder & Board Member

Josh Makower, M.D. is a co-founder and board member of Coravin™. Having worked closely with Greg Lambrecht for more than 20 years, Coravin presented a natural opportunity for Dr. Makower to join Mr. Lambrecht in bringing Coravin to market. He is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ExploraMed Development, LLC., serves as a Consulting Professor of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and is Co-Founder of Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Program. Dr. Makower has founded six medical device companies through the ExploraMed Incubator, and holds more than 100 patents in the fields of Cardiology, ENT, General Surgery, Drug Delivery, Orthopedics and Urology. Dr. Makower holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an M.D. from the NYU School of Medicine, and a S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lastly, Dr. Makower serves as a Venture Partner for NEA and is Chairman of ExploraMed, NeoTract, and Moximed, and on the Board of Directors for Intrinsic Therapeutics and Ceterix.

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Frédéric Levy
CEO & Board Member

Frédéric Levy joined Coravin after spending nearly 20 years with Nestlé’s Nespresso group. In his most recent role as President of Nespresso USA, he established key wholesale relationships with major retailers including Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. He also helped define Nespresso’s strategic branding and positioning in the United States, including the development of its first-ever U.S. media campaign in 2010 and the launch of the inaugural Nespresso Boutique Bar retail locations. Previously, Frédéric directed the international e-commerce development for Nespresso in Europe, Australia and Asia, where he developed, launched and oversaw management of Nespresso.com.

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Jerome Chevalier
Board Member

Jerome Chevalier runs Quadrille Capital, an investment firm based in Paris, France, which led the last round of financing in Coravin, prior to its launch in Europe. Quadrille Capital invests globally in technology companies and funds worldwide, and has done previously two investments with Greg Lambrecht and Josh Makower, the two founders of Coravin. Jerome has executed over 100 private equity transactions with Quadrille Capital and previously with Quilvest, a European family office with $20bn under management. He worked before at Lazard, originating and executing transactions in the fields of technology, internet, healthcare and energy. Jerome serves on the boards of Coravin and of Chateau Haut-Bailly, a Pessac Leognan Grand Cru Classé. He is a graduate of ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) in Paris.

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Rob Beck
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Beck CPA is the Chief Financial Officer at Coravin, Inc. With a strong background in financial planning and analysis, Rob is an experienced leader in global corporate finance. He leads all financial activities and relationships of the company on a global basis, including internal accounting and administrative functions. He began his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, and held various roles in financial management at Keane, Inc. Before joining Coravin, Rob served as the VP & CFO of the Home Robots Division (HRD) at iRobot for three years, and most recently as the SVP of Corporate Finance, also at the iRobot Corporation. He is a graduate of Merrimack College.

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Maarten Dekker
Vice President and the General Manager of Coravin Europe
Maarten Dekker

Maarten Dekker is Vice President and the General Manager of Coravin Europe, responsible for developing and leading a high performing team responsible for e-commerce, field sales, marketing communications, operations and accounting. Maarten began his professional career in 1996 within the Krasnapolsky Hotel Group in Amsterdam before joining Nestlé Netherlands in 1998, where he spent more than ten years in various management positions in business development and sales. Prior his current role at Coravin, Maarten held the position of Vice President B2B North America at Nespresso USA Inc., where he was responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of the Nespresso B2B strategy for North America.
Maarten holds degrees in Financial Economic Management and Marketing Management from the Hotel School in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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Michelle McFaul
Vice President of Events & Community Affairs
Michelle McFaul

Michelle McFaul is the Vice President of Events & Community Affairs at Coravin, Inc.  Before to joining Coravin, Michelle served as Vice President of Special Events and Community Affairs at Nespresso USA, where she was responsible for the unprecedented growth and development of their “Tasting is Believing” marketing strategy. Prior to Nespresso USA, she held the title Vice President of Public Relations at the Loews Corporation. As Principal at her own firm, Michelle O. McFaul Public Relations, she managed an impressive client list including Preston Robert Tisch, Swissair, MCA Music, and the Principality of Monaco.
Michelle holds a B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Michelle Stacy
Board Member
Michelle Stacy

Michelle Stacy is a senior leader with the consistent ability to run and scale businesses, currently on the Board of Directors of iRobot Corp, Flex Pharma Inc., and Young Innovations Inc. in addition to Coravin, Inc. She is also a Director Advisor to The Cambridge Group, the Expert in Resident at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and is a professional speaker on leadership, innovation and Women’s Leadership.
In her previous position, Michelle served the President of Keurig, Inc., a $2 billion division of Keurig Green Mountain [NASDAQ: GMCR]. Prior to joining Keurig, Michelle had a successful 25-year career with Gillette including the Procter & Gamble acquisition of Gillette in 2005.
Michelle received her Masters in Management from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. from Dartmouth College.

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Francois Silvain
VP IT

Francois Silvain is the Vice President of Information Technology at Coravin, Inc. Before to joining Coravin, Francois served as Vice President of Product Management at Pointillist, where he defined and led the development of a disruptive analytic application to conduct fast and real- time customer behavior analysis that would require otherwise data scientists, longer lead time and complex data warehouse. Francois is also the co-inventor of a new paradigm to conduct customer journey and behavior analysis. Before, Francois was Vice President of Technology at SAP Lab in charge of SAP Precision Marketing a real time mobile marketing platform enabling marketing organizations to inform and influence consumers in real-time at the point of decision with one to one and personalized marketing interactions. Francois brings +20 years of experience in the software industry, especially in CRM, marketing and mobile. He founded successfully 2 start-ups and was CTO / VP Product in 3 others.

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Mike Rider
VP Engineering & Operations

Mike Rider is VP of Engineering and Operations at Coravin™. He's a product development executive with 20+ years of leadership in new product development, manufacturing, and operations serving global markets. Previously, Mike served as VP of Business Development at for iRobot's Home Business division. He has also held various product development leadership roles at Polaroid. Mike is a graduate of the University of Lowell and holds an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Yvethe Tyszka
VP of Marketing

Yvethe Tyszka is the Vice President of Marketing at Coravin. Prior to joining Coravin, Yvethe served as a Director of Marketing at Jarden Consumer Solutions/Newell Brands where she successfully launched omni-channel campaigns driven by consumer insights to garner awareness, engagement and advocacy, while also supporting sales and profitability growth targets. In addition to her deep understanding of how to create successful domestic marketing campaigns, Yvethe has extensive experience in developing campaigns and generating sales in Latin America, as she has also previously served as International Director in the Latin America Region for Black & Decker Appliances and as Senior Brand Manager for Nescafe in Venezuela. Yvethe received a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University, and holds a B.S. in Communications from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Angus Scott
Senior Director of Operations

Angus Scott is Senior Director of Operations at Coravin. He is a Chartered Management accountant with over 15 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and FP&A positions. Previously, Angus served as Coravin Global Controller and prior to Coravin held various roles including, VP Finance and Administration at Beam Interactive, US Corporate Controller / Director at PA Consulting group and Director of Finance at Digitas Inc. Angus is has a BA Honors in Accountancy and Law from the UK and a MBA from Boston University.

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Kareem Ghobrial
Director of North American Sales

Kareem Ghobrial is the Director of Sales for North America at Coravin, where he has led Coravin’s national expansion in wineries, wine stores, restaurants, and major retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Sur La Table, Neiman Marcus, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Previously, Kareem led special projects at Coravin related to the company’s initial launch and served as a Senior Analyst at GE Capital, where he managed projects in excess of $1B. Kareem received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.