Susan Davis has been given a gift. With a French mother and a Minnesotan father, and a lifetime of living the two cultures, she now leads an American company that makes French bakery products. Born in St. Benoit la Forêt, a tiny town in France, Susan grew up in East Oakland, California. After her studies, Susan settled in France for several years. She worked as a bilingual administrative assistant and basked in French culture, enjoying “the life.” Her re-acquaintance with her French heritage propelled her to return to UC Berkeley for a B.A. in French Literature, and to this day she remains one of Proust’s loyal devotees.
Soon after, Susan joined Lunette Cartier, the eyeglass division of Cartier, as National Sales Manager. With this position, she combined her bicultural background with her passion for beautiful products. In 1987, Susan joined Donsuemor, learning to handle every aspect of the business. In 1997, Susan was named Chief Executive Officer. “I believe a business should provide the customer with the best product available and provide its employees with the best work environment possible,” Susan says, adding “employees who are valued as individuals will also be more dedicated and produce a product of superior quality and beauty.” Susan currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband and five children, and regularly travels back to France. True to her heritage, she enjoys good food, good wine, and maintains her joie de vivre.
Matt joined the Donsuemor team in 2008. He is a financial leader with experience in diverse industries – food processing (CPG), manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, alarm security services, and contract research. He enjoys a blend of strategic planning, financial analysis, systems development, and process enhancement all tied to profit improvement.
Matt earned a BA in Latin American Studies at BYU and an MBA, Finance at Marriott School of Management (BYU).
“People. It’s the people that make Donsuemor a great place to work. Clearly we have a great product, but it takes great team members to make it a great place to work.”
“No spreadsheet required to analyze: my favorite Donsuemor item is the 28gm Traditional Madeleine sold at Costco! Yum.”
Laure joined Donsuemor in January 2013 where she serves as the Director of Sales and oversees a team of three talented sales and marketing professionals. Prior to Donsuemor, Laure was at FullBloom Baking Company as the Director of Sales for 18 months [before the company was purchased by Aryzta North America]. She worked at Galaxy Desserts, Inc as their Director of Sales Operations for over 5 years [before the company got acquired by the French group Brioche Pasquier] and was the West Coast Sales Representative for Fabrique Délices for 2 years. Laure has been working in the food industry for over 10 years and holds an MBA in Strategic Management at California State University Hayward, and earned her BA in Accounting and Finance in France.
Laure is passionate about food – when she is not working, you will find her cooking at home for friends or family, experimenting with new ingredients, tracking new trends, reading about new cuisine or creative food entrepreneurs. Laure’s second passion in life are outdoor sports and she shares with her husband numerous athletic interests including skiing, snowboarding, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking or mountain biking. Laure and her husband spend most of their weekends in the Sierras or out in the wilderness playing while simply enjoying their Californian lives. Laure’s favorite baked goods at Donsuemor are the Traditional Madeleine 28gram – she always travels with a few in her purse wherever she goes and of course, the French Almond Cakes!
Jag joined the Donsuemor team in May 2013. Jag brings a wealth of knowledge in the management and operations of manufacturing, food and the baking industry. He held positions as a Senior Industrial Engineer, Plant Superintendent, and Plant Manager at FullBloom Baking Co, and Kerry Ingredients.
Jag has a Bachelors in Industrial & Production Engineering and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. “I like it here because of the company values, work life balance, and the company’s position in the market. It’s great to work for a company that has such an admiration of our product in the market. My favorite Donsuemor product is the Vanilla Bean Petit Gateau.” In his spare time Jag enjoys running, biking, visiting new places, cooking and spending time with his daughter.
Lisa first started at Donsuemor as an HR consultant working onsite. They were her favorite client so was pleased to join them full-time as their Director of Human Resources in 2007. In addition to her HR responsibilities, she also manages our Quality Assurance department. She has experience in a wide variety of manufacturing environments and businesses including design & construction, healthcare, travel, insurance, food & beverage, non-profits and private schools.
Lisa earned her BS in Human Environments and Behavior from UC Davis. She holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute and was certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt during her time with General Electric Medical Systems. When she’s not working Lisa loves to be outdoors or underwater. Each year she looks forward to her annual scuba diving trip. It feeds her inner mermaid. She and her husband enjoy hiking in the Sierra and her husband enjoys eating the trout Lisa catches. Why Donsuemor? “People here are passionate about the products we produce and truly care about doing it the right way. It’s a great team.”
“I am a big fan of the French Almond Cake. I love the wonderful almond aroma and the buttery almond taste. Perfect with a cup of tea!”