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TreeHouse Foods Inc (THS.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Smith

76 2018 Independent Chairman of the Board

Steven Oakland

57 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Matthew Foulston

54 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Clifford Braun

51 2019 Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President

Thomas O'Neill

63 2011 Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Lori Roberts

58 2015 Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer

Maurice Alkemade

51 2018 Senior Vice President - Division President, Beverages

Mark Fleming

48 2018 Senior Vice President - Division President, Baked Goods

Dean General

52 2019 Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Catherine Schmelter

49 2019 Senior Vice President - Division President, Meal Solutions

Christopher Wilkins

47 2019 Senior Vice President - Division President, Snacks

Dennis O'Brien

61 2018 Lead Independent Director

David Vermylen

68 2011 Director

George Bayly

76 2005 Independent Director

Linda Massman

52 2016 Independent Director

Frank O'Connell

75 2005 Independent Director

Matthew Rubel

61 2018 Independent Director

Ann Sardini

69 2008 Independent Director

Jean Spence

61 2018 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Smith

Mr. Gary Dale Smith has been appointed Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company effective July 1, 2018. Since 2005, Mr. Smith has been a Founding Managing Director of Encore Consumer Capital. From April 1995 to December 2004, Mr. Smith served as Senior Vice President - Marketing of Safeway, Inc. In addition, Mr. Smith held various management positions at Safeway, Inc. from 1961 to 1995. In addition to our Board, Mr. Smith currently serves on or has previously served on the boards of directors of AgriWise, Inc., Altierre Corporation, Philly’s Famous Water Ice, Inc., The Winery Exchange, Inc., Supply Chain Systems Ltd., FreshKO Produce Services, Inc., Aidell’s Sausage Company, Inc., Mesa Foods, Inc., Brownie Brittle, LLC, Fantasy Cookie Company, Pint Size Distribution Co., Slingshot Power, and Pure Red, LLC. Mr. Smith is an experienced business leader with skills that make him a valuable asset in his role as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Smith’s deep understanding of the grocery channel and experience as an acquirer and investor in businesses adds significantly to acquisitions and customer insight.

Steven Oakland

Mr. Steven T. Oakland has been appointed President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company on March 26, 2018. Mr. Oakland has served as Vice Chair and President, U.S. Food and Beverage of The J.M. Smucker Company (“Smucker’s”) (NYSE: SJM), a manufacturer of branded food products, since May 2016. He previously served as President, Coffee and Foodservice of Smucker’s from April 2015 to April 2016; President, International Food Service of Smucker’s from May 2011 to March 2015; and President, U.S. Retail-Smucker’s Jif, and Hungry Jack from August 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Oakland has spent most of his career at Smucker’s, serving in increasingly senior positions, including General Manager of Smucker’s Canadian operations from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Oakland currently serves on the board of directors of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), an athletic footwear and apparel retailer, Foster Farms, a privately held poultry company, and MTD Products Corporation, a privately-held outdoor products manufacturer. Mr. Oakland earned his B.A in Marketing and Economics from the University of Mount Union. As a currently active food and beverage executive, Mr. Oakland brings an understanding of the rapidly-changing consumer demands across the food and beverage industry and has in-depth knowledge of the manufacturer and retailer strategies for both brands and private label to address these changing demands. In addition, Mr. Oakland understands large scale M&A and the associated integration and operational priorities, and has significant public and private board of directors experience across both manufacturing and retailing.

Matthew Foulston

Mr. Matthew J. Foulston is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Mr. Foulston joined TreeHouse in December 2016. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Foulston was the Chief Financial Officer at Compass Minerals International Inc. from December 2014 to December 2016. During his tenure at Compass, he was responsible for accounting, financial planning and reporting, tax, internal audit, capital investment management and investor relations. Additionally, he was a board member of Produquimica S.A. Prior to joining Compass Minerals, Mr. Foulston was Senior Vice President of Operations and Corporate Finance at Navistar International and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Navistar Truck. He previously held senior leadership positions at Mazda North America and Ford Motor Company in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mr. Foulston earned his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Economics from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

Clifford Braun

Mr. Clifford Braun is Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer of the company. Mr. Braun joined TreeHouse in early 2016, just prior to the acquisition of the ConAgra Private Brands business. He has more than 27 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and is currently responsible for the Food Safety/Quality, Procurement, Engineering, Plant Operations, Distribution, Planning & Scheduling, Customer Support, and Continuous Improvement for TreeHouse. Mr. Braun is also the head sponsor of the TreeHouse 2020 program. He came to TreeHouse from Dean Foods where he held various positions, last serving as the head of the Supply Chain, which included managing 70+ plants and the Company’s $5 billion dairy procurement activities. Prior to Dean Foods, Mr. Braun held positions of increasing responsibility with Sara Lee Corporation (successor in interest to Earthgrains Co.) where he last served as Vice President of LEAN Productivity. Mr. Braun also held various operational positions with Interstate Brands Corporation and Frito-Lay North America, Inc. Mr. Braun earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Thomas O'Neill

Mr. Thomas E. O'Neill, Jr., is an Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the company. From January 27, 2005 to July 1, 2011, Mr. O’Neill was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. O’Neill was a principal in TreeHouse, LLC, an entity unrelated to the Company that was formed to pursue investment opportunities in consumer packaged goods businesses. From February 2000 to March 2001, he served as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Keebler Foods Company. He previously served at Keebler as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel from December 1996 to February 2000. Prior to joining Keebler, Mr. O’Neill served as Vice President and Division Counsel for the Worldwide Beverage Division of the Quaker Oats Company from December 1994 to December 1996; Vice President and Division Counsel of the Gatorade Worldwide Division of the Quaker Oats Company from 1991 to 1994; and Corporate Counsel at Quaker Oats from 1985 to 1991. Prior to joining Quaker Oats, Mr. O’Neill was an attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP. In 1991, Mr. O’Neill completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Mr. O’Neill holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Lori Roberts

Ms. Lori G. Roberts is an Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer of the Company since July 2015. Ms. Roberts joined TreeHouse in January 2015. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Ms. Roberts was Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TMK Ipsco, Inc. from May 2010 to March 2013. From February 2007 to December 2009, Ms. Roberts was Vice President Human Resources at Claymore Group, Inc. Ms. Roberts was not employed between March 2013 and December 2014. She previously held senior level human resources roles at Pliant Corporation, Wallace Computer Services, Inc. and Cummins Inc. Ms. Roberts holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Indiana University.

Maurice Alkemade

Mr. Maurice Alkemade is Senior Vice President - Division President, Beverages of the Company. Mr. Alkemade joined TreeHouse in 2017 as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, a role he held until December 2018. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Alkemade was at Walgreens from 2009 where he was most recently Group Vice President of their Grocery, Beverage, Household and Seasonal Divisions. Prior to that role, Mr. Alkemade was Group Vice President of Walgreens’ Owned Brand and Global Sourcing Division. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Alkemade was at Kraft Foods, where he held various senior leadership positions in finance, insights, sales and general management. Mr. Alkemade has worked in Canada, U.S. and Asia. Mr. Alkemade graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics.

Mark Fleming

Mr. Mark A. Fleming is Senior Vice President, Division President, Baked Goods of the company. He has held this role since September 2018. Prior to this, he served as the President of the Meals Division. Mr. Fleming joined TreeHouse in February 2016 as the Vice President and General Manager, Retail Bakery, as part of the acquisition of ConAgra’s Private Brands business, a position he held since 2013. Prior to ConAgra, Mr. Fleming spent five years at Heinz, serving in several senior marketing roles including Vice President of Food Service Ketchup and Senior Director of SmartOnes frozen nutritional meals. The early part of his professional career included a range of marketing roles at Kraft Foods and Reckitt Benckiser, where he managed brands such as A1 steak sauce, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, and Lysol cleaning products. Mr. Fleming earned his MBA from Duke University and his B.A. in Business Administration from Franklin and Marshall College.

Dean General

Mr. Dean T. General is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of the company, effective February 18, 2019. Mr. General joined TreeHouse in 2019. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. General was at Newell Brands, Inc. from June 2016, where he was most recently Global Customer Development Lead and Head of Sales & Senior Vice President, Outdoor Recreation Division. Prior to joining Newell, Mr. General was with Kraft Foods and Kraft Heinz, Inc. from December 1996, where he held various senior commercial roles. Mr. General started his career at General Mills, where he worked from June 1988 to December 1996. Mr. General earned his B.S. degree in Commerce from Rider University and has completed the Executive Development program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.

Catherine Schmelter

Ms. Catherine Schmelter is Senior Vice President, Division President, Meal Solutions of the company. Ms. Schmelter joined TreeHouse in 2016. With over 20 years in the food industry, Ms. Schmelter continues to be passionate about meeting customer needs with high quality, delicious and nutritious foods. Prior to TreeHouse, she has held a variety of leadership roles at both Kraft Foods and General Mills. During her decade at Kraft, she had roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing including Vice President, Meals. Prior to Kraft Foods, Ms. Schmelter spent eight years at General Mills working primarily on the Cheerios and Yoplait businesses. She started her career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Anderson. Ms. Schmelter holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Business Management and a B.A in Accounting and Art History from the University of Notre Dame.

Christopher Wilkins

Mr. Christopher C. Wilkins is Senior Vice President - Division President, Snacks of the company. From 2017 to December 2018, Mr. Wilkins was President of the Baked Goods Division following the integration of ConAgra's Private Brands business into TreeHouse. He led the Private Brands business as a part of TreeHouse following its acquisition in 2016. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Wilkins was with ConAgra Foods from 2007 until early 2016 where he led the entire Private Brands business along with the divestiture process. Prior to ConAgra Foods, he held positions at Land O’Lakes, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company. Mr. Wilkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wabash College, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Dennis O'Brien

Mr. Dennis F. O'Brien is Lead Independent Director of Treehouse Foods Inc. Mr. O’Brien is a partner of Gryphon Investors, Inc., a private equity firm, a position he has held since April 2008. Prior to joining Gryphon, Mr. O’Brien was the Chief Executive Officer of Penta Water Company, Inc., a maker of bottled water, from April 2007 to April 2008. On October 5, 2009, Penta Water Company, Inc. filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Mr. O’Brien held a series of executive positions with ConAgra Foods, Inc., including President and Chief Operating Officer, Retail Products from 2004 to 2006, President and Chief Operating Officer, Grocery Foods from 2002 through 2004, Executive Vice President, Grocery Foods from 2001 to 2002 and President, ConAgra Store Brands from 2000 through 2001. In addition, Mr. O’Brien previously held executive and marketing positions at Armstrong World Industries, Campbell’s Soup Company, Nestle S.A. and Procter & Gamble. Mr. O’Brien holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Connecticut. Mr. O’Brien previously sat on the audit committee of Senomyx, Inc. Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Compensation and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees of our Board.

David Vermylen

Mr. David B. Vermylen is an Director of Treehouse Foods Inc. He has served as a Director since August 2009. Mr. Vermylen was Senior Advisor to TreeHouse from July 2011 to February 2019. Mr. Vermylen held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer for TreeHouse from January 2005 to July 2011. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Vermylen was a principal in TreeHouse, LLC, an entity unrelated to the Company that was formed to pursue investment opportunities in consumer packaged goods businesses. From March 2001 to October 2002, Mr. Vermylen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keebler Foods, a division of Kellogg Company. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Keebler, Mr. Vermylen served as the President of Keebler Brands from January 1996 to February 2001. Mr. Vermylen served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brother’s Gourmet Coffee, and Vice President of Marketing and Development and later President and Chief Executive Officer of Mother’s Cake and Cookie Co. His prior experience also includes three years with the Fobes Group and 14 years with General Foods Corporation where he served in various marketing positions. In addition to our Board, Mr. Vermylen currently serves on or has previously served on the boards of directors of Aeropostale, Inc., Birds Eye Foods, Inc. and Brownie Brittle LLC. Mr. Vermylen holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from New York University.

George Bayly

Mr. George V. Bayly is Independent Director of Treehouse Foods Inc. Mr. Bayly currently serves as principal of Whitehall Investors, LLC, a consulting and venture capital firm, having served in that role since August 2008. Mr. Bayly served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Altivity Packaging LLC, a maker of consumer packaging products and services, from September 2006 to March 2008. He also served as CEO and Co-Chairman of U.S. Can Corporation from 2003 to 2006 and Chief Executive Officer in 2005. In addition, from January 1991 to December 2002, Mr. Bayly served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ivex Packaging Corporation. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Bayly served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Packaging, Inc. Mr. Bayly also held various management positions with Packaging Corporation of America from 1973 to 1987. Prior to joining Packaging Corporation of America, Mr. Bayly served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. In addition to our Board, Mr. Bayly currently serves on the board of directors of ACCO Brands Corporation, Multi-Packaging Solutions Limited and Miami University’s Farmel School of Business and is a member of a five-person roundtable at Madison Dearborn Partners. Mr. Bayly formerly served on the boards of directors of Huhtamaki Oyj, General Binding Corporation, Packaging Dynamics, Inc., U.S. Can Corporation, Ryt-Way Industries, Inc., Altivity Packaging LLC and Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Mr. Bayly holds a B.S. from Miami University and an M.B.A from Northwestern University. Mr. Bayly is a member of the Audit Committee and is Chairman of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee of our Board.

Linda Massman

Ms. Linda K. Massman is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Massman was elected to the TreeHouse Board of Directors on July 28, 2016. Ms. Massman serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Paper Corporation where she has been in position since 2013. Previously, Ms. Massman served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Massman served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2011. Before join ing Clearwater Paper, Ms. Massman served as group vice president of finance and corporate planning for SUPERVALU Inc., following its acquisition of Albertson’s Inc, where she served in a similar capacity. Prior to that, Ms. Massman was a business strategy consultant for Accenture. Ms. Massman serves on the Board of Directors of Clearwater Paper Corporation. In 2016, she was elected as the first vice chairwoman for the American Forest & Paper Association, and in 2017, she was the chairwoman for the American Forest & Paper Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of North Dakota and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Massman is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Frank O'Connell

Mr. Frank J. O'Connell is Independent Director of Treehouse Foods Inc. Mr. O’Connell currently serves as the General Partner of the Quincy Investment Pools LP, is a co-founder of Tuckerman Capital, a private equity firm, and is Chairman of the Board of King Arthur Flour. Mr. O’Connell previously served as a senior partner of The Parthenon Group from June 2004 until May 2012. From November 2000 to June 2002, Mr. O’Connell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Motorcycle Corporation. From June 2002 to May 2004, Mr. O’Connell served as Chairman of Indian Motorcycle Corporation. Prior to Indian Motorcycle Corporation, from 1996 to 2000, Mr. O’Connell served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gibson Greetings, Inc. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. O’Connell served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Skybox International. Mr. O’Connell has previously served as President of Reebok Brands, North America, President of HBO Video and Senior Vice President of Mattel’s Electronics Division. Mr. O’Connell is the Non-Executive Chairman of Schylling Inc., a private company. Mr. O’Connell holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of our Board.

Matthew Rubel

Mr. Matthew Evan Rubel is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Rubel most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Varsity Brands. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board at KidKraft, Inc. and as the Lead Independent Director of The Joint Corporation. He is also an Independent Director at Hudson's Bay Company. In 2010, Mr. Rubel became a Presidential Appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation. Mr. Rubel is the Chairman of MidOcean Partners Private Equity Consumer Group. Mr. Rubel has extensive private equity, as well as executive experience. He has served as a Senior Advisor to both TPG Capital, L.P. and TPG Growth, as well as Roark Capital Group. Prior to his advisory roles, Mr. Rubel served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2011, including his time as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Payless Inc. which saw the acquisition of brands including Sperry Topsider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds. From February 1999 to July 2005, he served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Haan. Mr. Rubel has been an executive and director of numerous multi-national retail and consumer branded companies, including Supervalu from 2010 to 2016 and HSNi from 2012 to 2017. Mr. Rubel earned his B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Mr. Rubel is a member of the Audit Committee of our Board.

Ann Sardini

Ms. Ann M. Sardini is Independent Director of Treehouse Foods Inc. Ms. Sardini is currently an independent advisor and consultant to early and mid-stage companies and private equity firms through In Progress Advisors, which she founded in 2013 to provide client companies with strategic and practical guidance in crafting successful growth, M&A, capital structuring and exit strategies. From April 2001 to June 2012, Ms. Sardini served as the Chief Financial Officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc. From September 1999 to December 2001, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitamin Shoppe.com, Inc., a seller of vitamins and nutritional supplements, and from March 1995 to August 1999, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Children’s Television Workshop. In addition, Ms. Sardini previously held finance positions at QVC, Inc., Chris Craft Industries, and the National Broadcasting Company. In addition to our Board, Ms. Sardini currently serves on the board of directors, and chairs the audit committee, of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR), a home goods retailer, and serves as chairperson of the board and of the Audit Committee of Ideal Protein, a subscription-based weight-loss company for doctors’ offices. Ms. Sardini also currently serves on the advisory boards of To The Market, PetTrax, and EverPlans. Previously, Ms. Sardini served on the boards of directors for Promise Project Fund for the City of New York, Weight Watchers Danone China Ltd., and Veneca Inc., and on the advisory board of Learnvest.com. Ms. Sardini holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Ms. Sardini is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board.

Jean Spence

Ms. Jean Spence is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Spence was formerly Executive Vice President of Research, Development, & Quality at Mondelez International, Inc., a global leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages. Prior to the 2012 spin-off transaction to form Mondelez, Ms. Spence served in the same capacity at parent company Kraft Foods, Inc. where she was responsible for research and development which included new product innovation, improving quality and food safety on a worldwide basis, coordinating global compliance programs, scientific relations, regulatory relations, microbiology, and auditing. She has represented the food industry on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and Kraft on the International Life Sciences Institute and Junior Achievement of Chicago Boards. Ms. Spence serves on the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG and is Chair of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees. Ms. Spence earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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