Founders' Operating Advisory Group was formed in the summer of 2015 to formalize our firm's relationship with individuals that provide certain advisory services to our full-time team. These services take the form of pre-closing or post-closing assessments of current practices in specific functional areas, as well as other intermittent coaching, mentoring or other services. Members of the Operating Advisory Group meet annually at the Founders Summit, where senior managers from each of Founders’ companies come together to build group-wide knowledge and relationships, as well as visiting with specific companies ad hoc.​

As a member of the Operating Advisory Group at Founders, Lewis is involved in pre-closing or post-closing assessments of current practices at portfolio companies, with a special focus on prepared foods. Lewis is also a Board Director at Freshstone Brands Inc., a Founders company..


Lewis is the current Chief Executive Officer of South Mill Champs, a major mushroom grower with operations across North America.  Prior to this role at South Mill Champs and Founders , Lewis was Chief Executive Officer of HMR Foods Holding, LP, and General Manager at Pork Farms UK, a frozen and refrigerated pastry manufacturer.  His earlier career was mostly in manufacturing roles at various divisions of the UK’s Northern Foods plc. Lewis is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters of Engineering Degree from Imperial College and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

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