Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mark Ainsworth is a co-founder of Indus and serves as its Executive Vice overseeing product development and ideation. In 2006 Mr. Ainsworth founded Pastry Smart, the first American Humane Certified and Organic bakery and confectionary manufacturer in the United States. Specializing in research and development, Mr. Ainsworth consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies and developed Pastry Smart products for globally recognized retailers such as Whole Foods Markets and Costco Wholesale Corporation. Prior to forming Pastry Smart, Mr. Ainsworth served as Executive Pastry Chef for Pebble Beach Company and in a similar capacity for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. He has served as a Pastry Chef under Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani at the former Opus 251 in Philadelphia, a Pastry Cook at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, and began his career in the pastry kitchens of the Atlantic Inn and Lucca's.
A member of the American Culinary Federation since 2013, Mr. Ainsworth is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, where he studied Pastry and Food Service Management, and he holds a certification from the French Pastry School.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Montenegro previously served as Vice President of Commercialization, where she was responsible for planning and managing the timeline of launch of brand products into the market. This led the company stage gate process for the development of products in edible, topical, and extraction manufacturing of its THC and Hemp-CBD divisions. In addition, she served a critical role in shifting the company’s culture to one that is margin and KPI-driven.
Prior to joining Indus, Ms. Montenegro served as the Founding Vice President of Consumer Packaged Goods and Operations where she developed a five-year strategic plan focused on establishing priorities and growth. She also aligned objectives and market potential, created annual operating and capital expenditure budgets, led implementation of their online business channel, and developed and executed marketing promotions to drive in house and online sales. In addition, Ms. Montenegro served as a buyer at Costco Wholesale after working her way through the ranks. During her tenure, she was responsible for buying, budgeting sales, and managing inventory, with over $1 Billion in annual sales in 53 Northern California locations.