Joseph Zwillinger
Joseph Zwillinger
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Zwillinger has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer since October 2015 and as our President and a member of our board of directors since he co-founded our company in May 2015. Prior to cofounding Allbirds, Mr. Zwillinger served as Vice President of Industrial Products at TerraVia Holdings, Inc. (formerly Solazyme, Inc.), a biotechnology company from 2009 to 2015. Mr. Zwillinger has served on the board of directors of Big Sky Growth Partners, Inc., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition corporation, since April 2021. Mr. Zwillinger holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Timothy Brown
Timothy Brown
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Brown has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer since October 2015 and as a member of our board of directors since he co-founded our company in May 2015. From May 2015 to October 2015, Mr. Brown served as our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to co-founding Allbirds, Mr. Brown served as Manager in the Innovation Strategy and Business Development Department at Redscout, a brand consulting firm, from March 2015 to August 2015. In 2010, Mr. Brown was Vice Captain of the New Zealand World Cup football team. Mr. Brown holds a B.S. in Design from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and an M.Sc. in International Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Michael Bufano
Michael Bufano
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bufano has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2021, after joining us in January 2021. From March 2020 to December 2020, Mr. Bufano served as an advisor to several early stage companies on business and finance matters. From July 2010 to February 2020, Mr. Bufano served in several roles at Panera Bread Company, a chain store of fast casual restaurants, including most recently as Chief Financial Officer from April 2015 to February 2020, in which role he was responsible for overseeing Panera’s finance, accounting and investor relations departments, as well as Panera’s consumer packaged goods business and human resources function. Mr. Bufano holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Vernachio
Joe Vernachio
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Vernachio has served as our Chief Operating Officer since June 2021. From April 2017 to May 2021, Mr. Vernachio served as President of Mountain Hardwear, Inc., an outdoor apparel, equipment, and accessories company, where he led all aspects of Mountain Hardwear’s global business, including brand positioning, go-to-market strategies, and execution across all distribution channels. From March 2011 to March 2017, Mr. Vernachio served in several roles at The North Face, an outdoor products company and subsidiary of VF Corporation, including most recently as Vice President of Global Product from July 2012 to March 2017, in which role he oversaw the brand’s apparel, footwear, and equipment across all regions. Mr. Vernachio holds an A.S. in Forest Sciences and Biology from Paul Smith’s College.
Laila Tarraf
Laila Tarraf
Chief People Officer
Laila Tarraf is a human resources executive with over 25 years of experience building teams and advising companies across many industries and stages of growth. She was a founding member of Walmart.com, where she rose to be its first Vice President of Human Resources from 2000-2006. After Walmart.com, she served as the Chief People Officer at Peet's Coffee and Tea from 2006-2013. She then spent seven years working in private equity as the Director of Human Capital at GI Partners and as a Human Capital Advisor within Altamont Capital's Operating Team. She holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Cal Poly Pomona and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Her debut book, Strong Like Water, was published in 2021.
Benny Joseph
Benny Joseph
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Joseph has served as our Chief Technology Officer since October 2020 and prior to that, Head of Engineering since 2017. Prior to Allbirds, he founded GoodApril which was acquired by Intuit in 2013. At Intuit, he served as Director of Engineering of TurboTax Online until 2017. Mr. Joseph is also a Managing Partner at V1.VC, a seed stage technology venture capital firm. Mr. Joseph holds B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Sandeep Verma
Sandeep Verma
Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Verma has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since November 2020 and prior to that served as our Managing Director for our European business and subsequently our Head of International, responsible for all operations outside of the US. Mr Verma joined from the Liz Earle Beauty Co, a prestige beauty omni channel brand, where he served as the CEO responsible for all aspects of the brand, business and organisation including leading the acquisition by Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to that, Mr Verma held multiple senior positions across the FMCG industry having started his career at Procter & Gamble. Mr Verma holds a dual degree in Engineering and Business Management, B.Eng and B.COM from the University of Birmingham, UK.