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United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Steven Spinner

56 2016 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Zechmeister

49 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Paul Green

54 2016 President, Pacific Region

John Hummel

45 2016 President, Central Region

Christopher Testa

46 2016 President, Atlantic Region

Sean Griffin

57 2014 Chief Operating Officer

Joseph Traficanti

65 2009 Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Danielle Benedict

43 2016 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Craig Smith

57 2016 Senior Vice President - Fresh Sales

Eric Dorne

55 2016 Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Information Officer

James Heffernan

70 2015 Lead Independent Director

Daphne Dufresne

44 2016 Director

Michael Funk

62 2016 Director

Eric Artz

48 2015 Independent Director

Ann Bates

58 2013 Independent Director

Denise Clark

58 2013 Independent Director

Peter Roy

60 2007 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Steven Spinner

Mr. Steven L. Spinner has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company., effective December 2016. Mr. Spinner also served as our Interim President of the Eastern Region from September 2010 to December 2010. Prior to joining the Company in September 2008, Mr. Spinner served as a director and as Chief Executive Officer of Performance Food Group Company ("PFG") from October 2006 to May 2008, when PFG was acquired by affiliates of The Blackstone Group and Wellspring Capital Management. Mr. Spinner previously had served as PFG's President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in May 2005. Mr. Spinner served as PFG's Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer—Broadline Division from February 2002 to May 2005 and as PFG's Broadline Division President from August 2001 to February 2002. Mr. Spinner has served as a Director of ArcBest Corporation since July 2011 and as its Lead Independent Director since April 2016. Mr. Spinner's extensive experience in the wholesale food distribution business, including having served as the president and chief executive officer of one of the largest publicly traded foodservice distribution businesses in the United States, brings valuable insight to the Board beyond the knowledge and insight he brings from being our president and chief executive officer.

Michael Zechmeister

Mr. Michael P. Zechmeister has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. He has served as our Senior Vice President since September 2015 and as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Zechmeister served in a variety of senior finance roles with General Mills, Inc., including most recently as Vice President, Finance at Yoplait USA from 2012 to September 2015. In addition, Mr. Zechmeister was Vice President and Treasurer from 2010 to 2012, Vice President, Finance US Retail Sales from 2007 to 2010 and Vice President, Finance, Pillsbury Division from 2005 to 2007.

Paul Green

Mr. Paul S. Green is President, Pacific Region of the company. Mr. Green has served as our President, Pacific Region since August 2016. Mr. Green previously served as our Senior Vice President, Operations from June 2014 to August 2016 and Vice President, Operations from May 2010 to June 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Green was Vice President of Sales for PFG-Springfield, MA from 2008 until 2010 and Vice President of Operations for PFG-Springfield, MA from 2005 until 2008. Mr. Green held various other leadership positions in his ten years at PFG. He began his career with Fleming Foods and held several positions over 16 years.

John Hummel

Mr. John M. Hummel President, Central Region of the company. Mr. Hummel has served as our President, Central Region, since August 2016. Mr. Hummel previously served as our Vice President of Distribution, Central Region, from May 2013 until July 2016. Prior to joining us, he was Corporate Vice President of Operations for Reinhart FoodService, LLC, a division of Reyes Holdings, LLC, from 2005 until 2013. In his 24 years at Reinhart, he held other key divisional leadership roles, including Director of Physical Distribution for their largest location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career with Walter's Food Service, Inc., in 1987 and has held various leadership positions in other large scale foodservice distribution organizations such as PepsiCo Food Systems/AmeriServe and Institution Food House.

Christopher Testa

Mr. Christopher P. Testa is President, Atlantic Region of the company. Mr. Testa has served as our President, Atlantic Region since August 2016. Mr. Testa previously served as President, Woodstock Farms Manufacturing since September 2012 and President, Blue Marble Brands since August 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Testa served as Vice President of Marketing for Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages from August 2002 to May 2005 and as CEO of Wild Waters, Inc. from May 2005 to August 2009.

Sean Griffin

Mr. Sean F. Griffin is Chief Operating Officer of United Natural Foods Inc. He has served as our Chief Operating Officer since September 2014. Mr. Griffin previously served as our Senior Vice President, Group President from June 2012 to September 2014 and as our Senior Vice President, National Distribution from January 2010 to June 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Griffin was East Region Broadline President of PFG. Previously he served as President of PFG in Springfield, MA from 2003 until 2008. He began his career with Sysco Corporation in 1986 and has held various leadership positions in the foodservice distribution industry with U.S. Foodservice, Alliant Foodservice and Sysco Corporation.

Joseph Traficanti

Mr. Joseph J. Traficanti is Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of United Natural Foods Inc., since April 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Traficanti served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of PFG from November 2004 until April 2009.

Danielle Benedict

Ms. Danielle Benedict is Senior Vice President - Human Resources of the company. She has served as our Senior Vice President Human Resources since May 2016. Mrs. Benedict previously served as our National Vice President Human Resources from August 2014 to May 2016 and as our Director Compensation & Benefits from April 2013 to August 2014. Prior to joining us, Ms. Benedict was Vice President Human Resources & Leadership Development at Clean Harbors Environmental Services from 2007 to 2013. She began her career with Dunkin Brands, Inc. in 1999.

Craig Smith

Mr. Craig H. Smith is Senior Vice President - Fresh Sales of the company. Mr. Smith has served as our Senior Vice President, Fresh Sales since August 2016. Mr. Smith previously served as our Senior Vice President, National Sales and Service from September 2013 to July 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Smith served as our President of the Eastern Region from December 2010 to August 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Smith was Atlantic Region President of U.S. Foodservice, a leading broadline foodservice distributor of national, private label, and signature brand items in the United States from May 2008 to December 2010. In his 17 years at U.S. Foodservice, Mr. Smith held various executive positions including Senior Vice President Street Sales, North Region Zone President, Detroit Market President and Boston Market President. Prior to U.S. Foodservice, Mr. Smith held several positions at foodservice industry manufacturer and distributor Rykoff-Sexton, Inc. from 1982 until 1993.

Eric Dorne

Mr. Eric A. Dorne is Chief Administrative, Chief Information Officer of the company. Mr. Dorne was appointed as our Chief Administrative and Information Officer in September 2016. Mr. Dorne previously served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer from September 2011 to September 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Dorne was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., the parent company of the A&P, Pathmark, SuperFresh, Food Emporium and Waldbaum's supermarket chains located in the Eastern United States from January 2011 to August 2011, and Vice President and Chief Information Officer from August 2005 to January 2011. In his more than 30 years at The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Mr. Dorne held various executive positions including Vice President of Enterprise IT Application Management and Development, Vice President of Store Operations Systems and Director of Retail Support Services.

James Heffernan

Mr. James P. Heffernan is an Lead Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since March 2000. Mr. Heffernan serves as Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Heffernan has served as a Director of Command Security Corp. since October 2010 and as a Director of Quinpario Acquisition Corp. since August 2013. Mr. Heffernan previously served as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the New York Racing Association from November 1998 until 2012, a member of the Board of Directors of Solutia, Inc. from February 2008 until July 2012, and a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Gas System, Inc. from January 1993 until November 2000.

Daphne Dufresne

Ms. Daphne J. Dufresne serves as Director of the Company. Ms. Dufresne is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Dufresne most recently was a Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity fund from 2006 to July 2016. Ms. Dufresne participated in building the RLJ investment team, raising capital to fund its operations, and constructing a partnership with The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. Prior to that role, Ms. Dufresne was a Venture Partner during 2005 with Parish Capital Advisors, an investment fund for emerging and experienced institutional investors and a Principal from 1999 to 2005 at Weston Presidio Capital, a private equity organization. She also served as Associate Director in 1997 in the Bank of Scotland’s Structured Finance Group. Ms. Dufresne has been a director of Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. since June 2015. Ms. Dufresne's professional experience brings valuable knowledge and insight to our Board. She possesses experience in owning and managing enterprises like our Company and is familiar with corporate finance, strategic business planning activity and general issues involving stockholders.

Michael Funk

Mr. Michael S. Funk serves as Director of the Company. has served as Chair of the Board since September 2008, a position which he also held from January 2003 to December 2003, and has been a member of the Board since February 1996. Mr. Funk served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2005 to September 2008. Mr. Funk also served as Vice Chair of the Board from February 1996 until December 2002, as our Chief Executive Officer from December 1999 until December 2002 and as our President from October 1996 until December 1999. From its inception in July 1976 until April 2001, Mr. Funk served as President of Mountain People's Warehouse, Inc., now known as United Natural Foods West, Inc., one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries. Mr. Funk's extensive knowledge of our industry and our historical operations as well as his past service as our Chief Executive Officer brings to the Board valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of our company and a deep understanding of the natural and organic products distribution business. His institutional knowledge of all operational aspects of our business resulting from his long-time involvement with our Company is also valuable to the Board.

Eric Artz

Mr. Eric F. Artz CPA is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of the Board since October 2015. Mr. Artz is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Artz has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc. ("REI") since August 2014. In addition to this role, Mr. Artz also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of REI from May 2012 to December 2015. Prior to REI, Mr Artz served as Chief Financial Officer for Urban Outfitters, Inc. from February 2010 to April 2012. From August 1992 until January 2010, Mr. Artz served in various positions of increasing responsibility at VF Corporation. Mr. Artz's professional experience brings valuable knowledge and insight to our Board. The Board values his experience as a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, which provides him with valuable knowledge and insight regarding operations of retailers as well as the background and experience in overseeing the audits of financial statements, communicating with independent auditors and assisting with the general oversight of accounting and financial reporting processes.

Ann Bates

Ms. Ann Torre Bates is an Independent Director of the Company since October 2013. She has served as a member of the Board since October 2013. Ms. Bates serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Bates has served as a member of the board of Ares Capital Corporation since 2010, and held a directorship at Allied Capital Corporation until it was acquired by Ares Capital Corporation in 2010. Ms. Bates also serves as director or trustee of 17 investment companies in the Franklin Templeton Group of mutual funds. Ms. Bates was a strategic and financial consultant from 1997 to 2012. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Bates served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NHP, Inc., a national real estate services firm. Ms. Bates previously served as a member of the board of directors of Navient Corporation from April 2014 to August 2016 and she served on the board of directors of Navient's predecessor, SLM Corporation from 1997 to 2014. Ms. Bates' professional experience and service on other boards brings valuable knowledge and insight to our Board. The Board values her experience serving on audit committees, which provide her with the background and experience in overseeing the audits of financial statements, communicating with independent auditors and assisting with the general oversight of accounting and financial reporting processes.

Denise Clark

Ms. Denise M. Clark is an Independent Director of United Natural Foods Inc., since February 2013. She has served as a member of the Board since February 2013. Ms. Clark is a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Clark has served as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. since November 2012. Prior to that role, Ms. Clark served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hasbro Inc. from October 2007 to November 2012. Ms. Clark also served at Mattel, Inc., where she was Global Chief Technology Officer and later Chief Information Officer for the Fisher Price brand between January 2000 and February 2007. Ms. Clark's previous experience includes two other consumer goods companies, Warner Music Group, formerly a division of Time Warner Inc., and Apple Inc. Ms. Clark has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of enterprise resource planning, digital platforms, and innovative business transformation initiatives.

Peter Roy

Mr. Peter A. Roy is an Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since June 2007. Mr. Roy serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Roy is an entrepreneur and since 1999 has been a strategic advisor to North Castle Partners. In connection with his role as a strategic advisor to North Castle Partners, Mr. Roy served on the boards of Avalon Natural Products, Inc. and Naked Juice Company. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Roy served as President of Whole Foods Market, Inc. and, for five years prior to that, served as President of that company's West Coast Region. Mr. Roy's experience as the President of Whole Foods Market, Inc. allows him to provide the Board essential insight and guidance into the day-to-day operations of natural and organic products retailers, including a key customer of ours. In addition, his experience in the healthy lifestyle industry helps the Board maintain its focus on our core values, including our sustainability goals.

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