People: HB Fuller Co (FUL.N)
18 Aug 2017
Van Sant, Robert
Mr. Robert William Van Sant is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has been a Senior Operating Partner at Tenex Capital Management, L.P., a private equity fund based in New York, NY, since September 2012. He also serves as the Chairman or as a director of several portfolio companies of Tenex. Mr. Van Sant has also been a Special Advisor at Yukon Partners II, L.L.C., a mezzanine fund based in Minneapolis, MN, since July 2014. In addition to actively advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies, Mr. Van Sant may from time to time take ownership interests in the funds and portfolio companies he advises. From January 2008 until February 2013, he was an operating partner of Stone Arch Capital, LLC, a private equity firm. From August 2006 through December 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Brands Holding, Inc., which manufactures attachments for construction equipment. From 2003 until August 2006, Mr. Van Sant was Chairman, and from 2003 until November 2005, Mr. Van Sant was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Paladin Brands, LLC. He was an operating partner of Norwest Equity Partners, a private equity firm, from 2001 to August 2006. He also held roles of increasing responsibility over a nearly thirty year career at John Deere Company. Mr. Van Sant brings to our Board his expertise in management, finance and manufacturing operations, experience he has acquired over many years as a director, chairman or chief executive officer with a variety of manufacturing companies, including those listed above as well as Nortax Inc., Lukens, Inc., Blount Inc., Cessna Aircraft Company and Graco Inc. (where he serves on the Audit and Governance Committees). Mr. Van Sant also brings a wealth of merger and acquisition experience and governance experience to our Board.
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