Former Amazon Head appointed Chairman of green tech startup CarbonCloud

Olaf Schmitz, seasoned entrepreneur and former Head of business development for Amazon Europe, joins the Swedish climate intelligence platform.

CarbonCloud is the food industry’s climate intelligence platform, helping companies to calculate and reduce the climate footprints of their products throughout the supply chain. The platform automatically builds out digital twins of products’ value chains, providing unprecedented insights into exactly where emissions occur in the production process. The company is now strengthening its leadership team with Olaf Schmitz.

“CarbonCloud is an extremely interesting company with a unique position in the market. I am very excited to join the company and contribute to its strategy and further growth as actively involved chairman”, says Olaf Schmitz.

Schmitz has multiple growth journeys under his belt as a founder, employee and chairman. He started his startup career in the late ‘80s when he founded three software development & tech companies in his native Germany.

After successful exits, he served in various C-Level roles of several tech and e-commerce companies before joining Amazon Europe in 2013. During his tenure at the global e-commerce giant, he oversaw the launch of innovations such as Alexa and Prime Video, driving the biggest growth in Amazon’s ecommerce and cloud business since launch as part of the leadership team. Schmitz brings his experience from serial entrepreneurship to all his current Chairman positions, such as CarbonCloud’s Gothenburg neighbour Eliq and Helsinki-based unicorn Aiven.

“I have been in the tech sector for decades and made every mistake you can imagine. As chairman, I will help CarbonCloud avoid most of these and set the company up for success. We are already building on a strong team and scaling up a customer-centric solution globally”, he says.

“Olaf has completed the growth journey we are currently on several times over, and we are incredibly happy to have him on board. His experience and business acumen will be a valuable addition to our strong science and tech foundation”, says David Bryngelsson, CEO and co-founder of CarbonCloud.

CarbonCloud recently closed a series A funding round of €7.5 million, led by Cusp Capital and Peak.