New York, April 14, 2021 – Mizuho Americas today announced the hiring of John Baumgartner, CFA, as Managing Director and Senior Consumer Equity Research Analyst covering the US food industry, including plant-based alternatives and healthy lifestyle companies. Baumgartner will be based in NY and is the latest addition to Mizuho’s global consumer franchise which includes Michael Dick, Managing Director, US Consumer/Retail Trading & Specialist Sales also based in NY, and Hiroshi Saji, Director, Equity Research and Toshio Takahashi, Director, Equity Research in Japan. Hiroshi Saji (ranked third in the 2021 Nikkei Veritas survey for Food, Beverages & Tobacco) covers Japanese food & beverage, retail and personal care, and Toshio Takahashi (ranked second in the 2021 Nikkei Veritas survey for Retail) covers Japanese retail. Baumgartner will report to Managing Director and Head of US Equity Research, Susan Gilbertson.
“Over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, consumers are more focused on healthier eating habits. As a result, plant-based eating has become more mainstream and companies are working on innovative ways to bring these types of products to market as soon as possible,” said Gilbertson. “Against this backdrop, we are excited to add John’s deep consumer industry expertise to expand our research coverage.”
Baumgartner joins Mizuho from Wells Fargo Securities where he served as Director of Equity Research for Food and Agribusiness. Prior to that, he was the Senior Equity Research Analyst for U.S. food at Telsey Advisory Group, and an Agriculture Strategist for Global Commodities Research at Goldman Sachs. Baumgartner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with Highest Honors, from Rutgers University.
Baumgartner is joined by Misa Batcheller, also from Wells Fargo Securities, where she served as an Equity Research Associate for consumer packaged food (CPG) and an Economic Research Analyst prior to that. Batcheller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Wake Forest University.
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