Daniel S. Weil
Dan Weil was born in London, England on March 10, 1957 and has British, French and American citizenship. He received a first class BA honors degree from Middlesex Business School in London and a first class “Diplome Nationale” with honors from the Centre D’Etudes Superieures Europeennes de Management in Reims, France (a leading French business “Grande Ecole” and part of the Reims Management School).
Dan was employed for sixteen years by Gestetner Holdings PLC, a diversified UK-based multinational with business to business and business to consumer businesses in a number of different industries throughout the world and sales in excess of a billion dollars. During his tenure with Gestetner, Weil worked in a variety of different positions in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United States and Japan. Positions included sales, training, product management, marketing, business unit, division and subsidiary responsibility, and international troubleshooting. Ultimately, Weil had responsibility for worldwide business development and strategy. During his years in this capacity, he undertook in excess of 70 acquisitions or divestitures for Gestetner around the world.
In 1995, Weil joined North Shore-based, RISO, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer and remained in this position for twelve years. RISO is a provider of document management solutions and had subsidiaries in Canada, Mexico and Brazil, 20 direct sales offices and approximately 400 dealers and distributors throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. RISO, Inc had approximately 300 employees and revenues in excess of $160 million.
In 2009, Dan founded a new venture, Cool Foods LLC, which seeks to bring high quality, differentiated foods to the food service channel. Later in 2009, Cool Foods acquired the assets of Cool Dog Inc, a company that had developed an exciting and unique ice cream novelty product to compete in the $6.5 billion novelty segment of the US frozen dessert industry (a Cool Dog looks like a hot dog, but the sausage is made of premium vanilla ice cream and the bun is a delicious sponge cake). Cool Foods introduced its first Cool Dog product in the summer of 2010. It is currently being sold in locations throughout New England, including Fenway Park.
Dan is one of the founders of, principal investors in, and a Director of New France LLC. New France owns the acclaimed Best of Boston restaurants L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre (locations in the Waterfront, Back Bay and Natick Collection), and the catering company, Au Soleil. Dan has been involved with this business since 2000.
Dan and his wife, Joanne, have two children, David (age 20) and Natalie (age 17) and reside in Boston’s Back Bay. He is a founding member of the Boston CEO Group, a Board member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and is one of the founders of the North American branch of the Reims Management School Alumni Association.