Board of Directors
Chairman and Director
Mr. Metropoulos has served as our Non-Executive Chairman since January 2019. He served as our Executive Chairman from the consummation of the Business Combination through December 2018 and as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2018 until May 2018. From 2013 until the Business Combination, Mr. Metropoulos served as either the Chief Executive Officer or the Executive Chairman of certain subsidiaries of Hostess Holdings and as a member of the board of the general partner of Hostess Holdings. Mr. Metropoulos is Chairman of Round Hill Investments LLC (f/k/a Metropoulos & Co.), a boutique acquisition and management firm focusing on the food and consumer sectors. Additionally, Mr. Metropoulos has served as Chairman and Director of Gores Metropoulos Inc. (Nasdaq: GMHI) since August 2018, and as the Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer of HRM Holdings LLC, since January 2019. Mr. Metropoulos has over 30 years of experience in acquiring and restructuring businesses in the U.S., Mexico and Europe and has been involved in approximately 80 transactions, including investments in Pabst Brewing Company, Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc. (Swanson/Hungry-Man, Vlasic Pickles, Open Pit Barbeque Sauce, Duncan Hines, Log Cabin Syrup, Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast, Mrs. Paul’s Seafood, Van De Kamp’s Seafood, Celeste Pizza, & Lender’s Bagels), Aurora Foods, Stella Foods, The Morningstar Group, International Home Foods (Chef Boyardee, Pam Cooking Spray, Gulden’s Mustard & Bumble Bee Tuna), Ghirardelli Chocolates, Mumm and Perrier Jouet Champagnes and Hillsdown Holdings, PLC (Premier International Foods, Burtons Biscuits and Christie Tyler Furniture), among others. In light of Mr. Metropoulos’ business expertise, financial acumen and business industry contacts, we believe that he is well qualified to serve as a director on our board.
Andrew P. Callahan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Callahan has served on our board of directors since April 2018 and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2018. Mr. Callahan served as the President of North American Foodservice & International at Tyson Foods, Inc. from February 2017 until September 2017. Prior to his last role, Mr. Callahan managed Tyson’s consumer brands, as President of Retail Packaged Brands, including iconic brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Aidells® and Ball Park®, from August 2014 to February 2017. He served as an Executive Vice President and President of Retail at The Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation), a producer of packaged meat and frozen bakery products, from June 2012 until its acquisition by Tyson in August 2014. Prior to joining The Hillshire Brands Company, Mr. Callahan served in positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and general management for Sara Lee Corporation and Kraft Foods, Inc. Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Inc., Mr. Callahan spent seven years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. Mr. Callahan previously served on the Board of Directors for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Mr. Callahan currently serves on the Rush University Hospital of Chicago Veterans Advisory Council.
Craig D. Steeneck
Mr. Steeneck has served as a member of our board of directors since the consummation of the Business Combination and as Lead Independent Director since January 2019. Mr. Steeneck has been a member of the board of directors of Freshpet, Inc. since November 2014. Mr. Steeneck served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Foods Inc. from July 2007 until October 2018, where he oversaw the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax, information technology, investor relations and corporate development. Mr. Steeneck has been a member of the board of directors of Collier Creek Holdings since November 2018, of which he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. From June 2005 to July 2007, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Finance and IT of Pinnacle Foods, helping to redesign the supply chain to generate savings and improved financial performance. From April 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide), playing key roles in wide-scale organization of internal processes and staff management. From March 2001 to April 2003, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International (now Wyndham Worldwide). From October 1999 to February 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods Inc. Mr. Steeneck provides the board of directors with extensive management experience in the consumer packaged goods industry as well as accounting and financial expertise. We believe that Mr. Steeneck’s extensive management experience in the consumer packaged goods industry as well as accounting and financial expertise, make him well-qualified to serve as a director on our board.
Mr. Bodner has served as a member of our board of directors since the consummation of the Business Combination. Since February 2017, Mr. Bodner has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sovos Brands, a new food and beverage company seeking to acquire brands. From March 2016 to February 2017, Mr. Bodner served as a Senior Advisor at Advent International in its global retail, consumer and leisure team. Mr. Bodner served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods) from 2011 through July 2015. He joined Del Monte Foods in 2003 and served the company for 12 years in increasing levels of responsibility across the Finance and Operations functions. Prior to Del Monte Foods, Mr. Bodner also held senior financial positions at Walt Disney Company, as well as The Procter & Gamble Company. [Since April 2015, Mr. Bodner has served on the board of directors of Hearthside Foods, a leading bakery, snack and customized solutions contract manufacturer for packaged food products in North America and Europe.] We believe that Mr. Bodner’s extensive experience in the retail and consumer industries allows him to provide significant insight to our board and makes him well-qualified to serve as a director on our board.
Ms. Crist has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2018. From September 2016 through January 2019, Ms. Crist served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Henkel Corporation in North America, which is part of Henkel, KGA, a large multi-national public company headquartered in Germany that manufactures adhesive technologies, beauty care products and laundry and home care products. Prior to Henkel, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for The Sun Products Corporation, a company she helped found in 2008 as the third employee. Prior to joining The Sun Products Corporation, Ms. Crist was Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources officer for Playtex Products Corp., a New York Stock Exchange listed company that manufactures personal care products. Ms. Crist joined Playtex in 1995 and held positions of increasing responsibility until being named Chief Human Resources Officer in 2005. Prior to Playtex, Ms. Crist served in various human resources, talent acquisition and labor relations roles with New Power Corporation, Altria and Nestle Waters. Ms. Crist is a member of the society of Human Resources Management, and HR 50X. She is also past Executive Committee member of the Board, Secretary of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut (2009-2015) and board member of EBP Solutions (2013-2016). She currently serves on the Make-A-Wish Governance Committee for Connecticut. We believe that Ms. Crist’s experience in the retail and consumer industries makes her well-qualified to serve as a director on our board. Ms. Crist also contributes to the diversity of our board.
Neil P. DeFeo
Mr. DeFeo has served as a member of our board of directors since the consummation of the Business Combination. Since April 2018, Mr. DeFeo has been a founding partner of Nonantum Capital Partners. Mr. DeFeo served as a Senior Advisor to Charlesbank Capital Partners from 2012 through March 2017. He retired in 2012 as Chairman and in 2011 as CEO of The Sun Products Company, a private $1.5 billion company he helped found in 2008. Prior to that, he held Chairman/CEO positions with the NYSE-listed Playtex Products Corporation (2004-2007) and The Remington Products Corporation (1997-2003). Mr. DeFeo began his career with The Procter and Gamble Company, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility over a 25 year career, leaving as VP/Managing Director Worldwide Strategic Planning—Laundry and Cleaning. Following Procter and Gamble, Mr. DeFeo joined the Clorox Company, with direct responsibility for all of its U.S. business. Mr. DeFeo currently serves on the board of directors of Driscoll’s, a private agriculture company, where he chairs the compensation committee and serves on the company’s nominating and governance committee (since 1998). In addition, Mr. DeFeo serves on the board of directors of The Prostate Cancer Foundation, a not for profit corporation focused on funding research into the prevention and cure of prostate cancer. Over a 40+ year career Mr. DeFeo has served on over 25 boards, both public and private, business and non-profit. He has been involved with over 50 different businesses and brands. Mr. DeFeo holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, where he also served for 15 years as a director. We believe that Mr. DeFeo’s numerous public and private company directorship roles and his over 40 years of experience in the consumer products industry make him well-qualified to serve as a director on our board.
Jerry D. Kaminski
Mr. Kaminski has served as a member of our board of directors since the consummation of the Business Combination. Since August 2018, Mr. Kaminski has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Land O’Lakes Inc. From December 2013 until August 2018, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Land O’Lakes, Inc. International business. Mr. Kaminski oversees Land O’Lakes Global Dairy Ingredients, the Villa Crop Protection joint venture in South Africa, the Bidco Africa joint venture in Kenya and Global Seed Genetics in Mexico. Prior to this role, Mr. Kaminski was the Executive Vice President and Group Executive of Global Dairy Foods from January 2012 to December 2013, where he led $5B P&L consisting of the entire Land O’Lakes dairy portfolio: Retail Dairy, Foodservice and Global Ingredients. From January 2010 to December 2011, Mr. Kaminski held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Industrial Foods, which consisted of the Land O’Lakes domestic dairy ingredients business. Mr. Kaminski was Vice President and General Manager of Dairy Solutions, where he ran Land O’Lakes’ domestic Foodservice business when he joined the company in March 2007 to January 2010. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Mr. Kaminski served as a Vice President and General Manager at General Mills, where he held various leadership positions in the retail and business-to-business segments. Mr. Kaminski also served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Sparboe Foods. In addition, Mr. Kaminski has been on the board of directors of the Global Dairy Platform since 2012, which is an association of the world’s largest dairy companies promoting sustainable dairy consumption. We believe that Mr. Kaminski’s international business experience, together with his background in the consumer packaged goods industry, is of value to our board and make him well-qualified to serve as a director on our board.