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upfront management's Tony Arnold

tony arnold

Tony Arnold brings more than 25 years of experience in early-stage start-up and Fortune 100 companies. As principal of Upfront Management, a management and executive consulting firm, he improves his clients’ business performance by calling upon his C-Suite experience and years of developing and leading key businesses.

Mr. Arnold provides fresh insights, creative solutions, candor, and contrarian viewpoints as necessary to provide leaders the perspective into their business they need to drive success. He has worked with a wide-array of clients and assisted the in building and executing plans to expedite growth through market expansion, product line optimization, new product development, improved productivity and cost management and consistent but relentless focus on execution.

Mr. Arnold served as President and CEO of The Solae Company, a $1.2 billion St. Louis based global manufacturer of food ingredients. Under his leadership, Solae revenue grew by over 50% while being the recognized world leader in discovery, development and marketing of unique soy-based while establishing important collaborations with a number of technology companies to deliver better tasting soy products and other novel ingredients such as Omega-3.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Arnold held key leadership positions for companies including American Cyanamid, BASF, and DuPont where he led sales organizations and a variety of businesses to achieve their goals and commercializing a wide variety of technology. Mr. Arnold is a proven collaborator, as he established and maintained global networks, negotiated key licenses to access technology and products, established joint development agreements and joint ventures to expand global capabilities.

Mr. Arnold has started and operated personal businesses, has initiated, led and nurtured small entrepreneur businesses on behalf of larger organizations and served as interim President and COO for a start-up business. He is grounded in how to manage and operate businesses day-to-day with limited resources and capital, while achieving desired performance goals.

Born in Tennessee, Mr. Arnold received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee. He has also been a participant in Executive Programs at Darden, Columbia, Wharton and Center for Creative Leadership. Mr. Arnold served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis World Affairs Council, is a member of St. Louis Association for Corporate Growth and Operational Excellence Association. He also serves in leadership positions for the Boy Scouts.