Roger K. Deromedi, 64, has been our Co-Executive Chairman since June 1, 2018. Mr. Deromedi has over 40 years of operational experience in the consumer goods sector, overseeing multiple businesses and iconic consumer brands. Mr. Deromedi has been Independent Chairman and Lead Director of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) since April 2016 and was Non-Executive Chairman from July 2009 to April 2016 and Executive Chairman from April 2007 to July 2009. Mr. Deromedi also was an advisor to Blackstone in relation to their acquisition of the company in April 2007. Pinnacle Foods is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer branded food products, whose key brands include Birds Eye (frozen vegetables, meals, and sides), Duncan Hines (desserts), Vlasic (pickles), Wishbone (salad dressings), Aunt Jemima (breakfast products), Mrs. Butterworth and Log Cabin (syrups), Udi’s and Glutino (gluten-free products), and Gardein (plant-based entrees and meat substitutes), among others. During Mr. Deromedi’s tenure, the company has acquired and successfully integrated multiple businesses including Birds Eye Foods, Wishbone, Gardein, and Boulder Brands, consistently meeting or exceeding synergy targets. From July 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Deromedi was an Executive Advisor for Blackstone in the consumer goods sector, and was an independent advisor to Blackstone from 2007 to 2013. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Deromedi was Chief Executive Officer of Kraft, at the time one of the world’s largest food companies, with iconic brands such as Kraft, Maxwell House, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer and Philadelphia. During this time, he integrated Kraft’s separate North American and International businesses. Prior to this, he was Co-CEO of Kraft from 2001 to 2003 during which time there was an initial public offering of the company, raising approximately $8.7 billion in gross proceeds. Mr. Deromedi was previously President of Kraft Foods International, President of the company’s Asia Pacific business, and President of Kraft’s Western European business, based in Zurich. He also served as Area Director of the company’s business in France, Iberia and Benelux, based in Paris, and was General Manager of Kraft’s cheese and specialty products businesses in the United States. He began his career with General Foods, Kraft’s predecessor company, in 1977 where he held various marketing positions. Mr. Deromedi previously served on the board of directors of Kraft from 2001 to 2006 and The Gillette Company, Inc. from 2003 to 2005 (when the company was merged with The Procter & Gamble Company). Mr. Deromedi earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Deromedi’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his experience as a senior executive officer and/or director of multiple businesses in the consumer sector, his track record of building significant shareholder value, his experience in evaluating, executing, and integrating acquisitions, and his history of serving as a director for several public and private companies.
Jason K. Giordano, 39, has been our Co-Executive Chairman since June 1, 2018. Mr. Giordano has over 15 years of investment and acquisition experience, with a focus in the consumer goods and related sectors. Most recently, Mr. Giordano was a Managing Director in the private equity group at Blackstone where he oversaw investments in the consumer, education, packaging and chemicals sectors. During his over 11 year tenure at Blackstone from August 2006 to October 2017, Mr. Giordano was involved in 12 initial and follow-on acquisitions representing over $10 billion of transaction value, including several investments in consumer, retail and related businesses. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Giordano was a private equity investment professional at Bain Capital, LP and an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs, & Co.
Mr. Giordano previously served on the board of directors of Pinnacle Foods, Inc. (NYSE: PF), a U.S.-based manufacturer and marketer of branded food products, from 2007 to September 2015, Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX), a global supplier of branded footwear, from January 2015 to October 2017, AVINTIV, a global supplier of specialty materials primarily sold to consumer goods manufacturers, from January 2011 to October 2015, Outerstuff LLC, a leading U.S. supplier of licensed children’s sports apparel, from May 2014 to October 2017, Ascend Learning, LLC, a provider of online professional training tools and educational software, from July 2017 to October 2017 and HealthMarkets, Inc., a direct-to-consumer provider of health, life, supplemental, and other insurance and related products, from February 2009 to October 2017. He also served as a board observer and advisor to Trilliant Food & Nutrition LLC, a manufacturer of private label food and beverage products, from September 2017 to July 2018. Mr. Giordano expects to join CC Capital, a private investment firm, in October 2018 as Senior Managing Director. In April 2015, Mr. Giordano was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ “NextGen” list of prominent public company directors under 40 years of age. Mr. Giordano earned an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an A.B. with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Giordano’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial investment and acquisition experience at blue chip financial institutions; his in-depth knowledge and strong network of relationships in consumer and related sectors; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
Chinh E. Chu, 51, has been our Vice Chairman since June 1, 2018. Mr. Chu has over 25 years of investment and acquisition experience. In 2016, Mr. Chu co-founded CF Corporation for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. CF Corporation sold 69,000,000 units in its initial public offering, generating gross proceeds of $690,000,000. On November 30, 2017, CF Corporation consummated the acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, a provider of annuities and life insurance products, for approximately $1,835,000,000 plus the assumption of $405,000,000 of existing debt, and related transactions. In connection with the FGL business combination, the name of the company was changed from “CF Corporation” to “FGL Holdings” (NYSE: FG). Mr. Chu serves as Co-Executive Chairman of FGL Holdings. Mr. Chu is also the Founder and the Managing Partner of CC Capital, a private investment firm which he founded in November 2015. Before founding CC Capital, Mr. Chu worked at Blackstone from 1990 to December 2015, where Mr. Chu led numerous investments across multiple sectors, including technology, financial services, chemicals, specialty pharma and healthcare products, and packaging. Mr. Chu was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone from 2000 until his departure in December 2015, where he served, at various points, as a member of Blackstone’s Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of Blackstone’s Private Equity Executive Committee and as a member of Blackstone Capital Partners’ Investment Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 1990, Mr. Chu worked at Salomon Brothers in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. In addition to his role as Co-Executive Chairman of FGL Holdings, Mr. Chu has served on the boards of directors of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and Stearns Mortgage since 2015. Mr. Chu previously served on the board of directors of AVINTIV from 2011 to 2012, BankUnited Inc. from 2009 to 2014, Kronos Incorporated from 2014 to 2015, Biomet, Inc. from July 2007 to September 2007 and from 2013 to 2015, Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. from 2011 to 2015 and HealthMarkets, Inc. from 2006 to 2016. He also previously served on the board of directors of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., AlliedBarton Security Services, Celanese Corporation, DJO Global, Inc., Graham Packaging, the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, Nalco Company, Nycomed, Stiefel Laboratories and SunGard Data Systems, Inc. Mr. Chu received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Buffalo.
Mr. Chu’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and strategic business planning; his track record at Blackstone and in advising and managing multi-national companies; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
Antonio F. Fernandez, 59, is a director nominee . Mr. Fernandez served as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Pinnacle Foods from February 2011 to June 2016, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the supply chain including procurement, manufacturing, distribution, product quality, innovation and sustainability. Mr. Fernandez also led Pinnacle Foods’s “maximizing value through productivity” continuous improvement initiatives, realizing gross savings of approximately 4% of cost of products sold annually. He was also closely involved in Pinnacle Foods’s acquisition, integration and synergy realization efforts. Prior to Pinnacle Foods, Mr. Fernandez was Senior Vice President, Operations Excellence at Kraft from 2010 to 2011. Prior to Kraft, Mr. Fernandez was Chief Supply Chain Officer at Cadbury plc, or Cadbury, from 2008 to 2010, where he managed a supply chain with total costs of approximately $7 billion, 67 manufacturing facilities and over 20,000 employees. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Fernandez held several supply chain roles within Cadbury. Prior to Cadbury, Mr. Fernandez held various supply chain and related roles at Dr. Pepper, PepsiCo, Inc., and Procter & Gamble Co. Mr. Fernandez is President of AFF Advisors, LLC, an independent consulting firm, and has been a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company since August 2017. He has served on the board of directors of Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) since November 2014 and has been a Trustee of Lafayette College since May 2017.
Mr. Fernandez’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial supply chain and operations experience at several publicly-traded consumer companies; his record of realizing cost efficiencies and integrating acquisitions; and his experience serving as a director of a public company.
Matthew M. Mannelly, 60, is a director nominee . From September 2009 to May 2015, Mr. Mannelly served as Chief Executive Officer of Prestige Brands Holdings, or Prestige (NYSE: PBH), a leading supplier of branded over-the-counter medications and consumer healthcare products. During his tenure, Mr. Mannelly implemented several organizational changes, refined supply chain strategy, modified new product development, and increased investments in marketing and brand building activities. During Mr. Mannelly’s tenure, Prestige also successfully completed and integrated six strategic acquisitions, which further enhanced performance. Prestige reported that from 2010 to 2015, its Adjusted EBITDA nearly tripled, as net income grew from $32.2 million to $78.3 million, while Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales expanded by over 500 basis points over the same period. Prestige’s stock price increased from approximately $7 per share (as of September 2009) to approximately $44 per share (as of May 2015), a cumulative increase of approximately 506% or approximately a 37% annualized return. Prior to Prestige, Mr. Mannelly was Chief Executive Officer of Cannondale Bicycle Corporation from 2003 to 2008, where he led the restructuring and growth of the company leading up to its sale to a strategic buyer in 2008. Previously, Mr. Mannelly was President, Americas for Paxar Corporation from 2002 to 2003 and Chief Marketing Officer for the United States Olympic Committee from 2000 to 2002. He held various management roles at Nike, Inc. from 1993 to 2000, Sara Lee Corporation from 1992 to 1993, and Quaker Oats Company from 1983 to 1992. Mr. Mannelly has an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. from Boston College. Mr. Mannelly has served on the board of directors of Spartan Nash (NYSE: SPTN), a grocery retailer and wholesale distributor, since February 2018. He previously served on the board of directors for Bauer Performance Sports from 2013 to 2017 and Prestige Brands from September 2009 to May 2015.
Mr. Mannelly’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his managerial experience at several publicly-traded and private consumer businesses; his track record of shareholder value creation; his experience across several consumer sub-sectors; and his experience serving as a public company director.
Craig D. Steeneck, 60, is a director nominee . We intend to appoint Mr. Steeneck to our board of directors upon the consummation of Conagra Brands, Inc.’s (NYSE: CAG) proposed acquisition of Pinnacle Foods, which is expected to close by the end of 2018. Mr. Steeneck has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Foods since July 2007, where he oversees the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax and information technology functions and has been an integral part of Pinnacle Foods’s integration team for several of its acquisitions. From 2005 to 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 improve financial performance. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide Corporation), playing key roles in wide-scale organization of internal processes and staff management. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International, a subsidiary of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of packaged food products acquired by ConAgra Foods in 2000. Mr. Steeneck has served on the board of directors of Freshpet, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRPT) since November 2014 and as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Hostess Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWNK) since November 2016.
Mr. Steeneck’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial financial operations, investment and acquisition experience; and his experience serving as a director for public companies.
William D. Toler, 59, is a director nominee . From April 2014 to April 2018, Mr. Toler was Chief Executive Officer and President of Hostess Brands (Nasdaq: TWNK), a leading manufacturer of branded snacks and baked goods. During this time, Mr. Toler led the rebuilding of the iconic Hostess brand following the company’s 2013 acquisition out of bankruptcy by financial sponsors. During his tenure, the company increased its revenues, increased its market share, and completed several accretive add-on acquisitions. Mr. Toler also served as Chief Executive Officer through the company’s merger with a special purpose acquisition company in July 2016 and its initial listing as a publicly-traded company in November 2016. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Toler served as the Chief Executive Officer of AdvancePierre Foods (which period includes his time as Chief Executive Officer of its predecessor Pierre Foods from 2008 to 2010), a leading supplier of value-added protein and hand-held convenience products to the food service, school, retail, club, vending and convenience store markets. During Mr. Toler’s tenure, the company completed several strategic acquisitions, including Pierre Foods’ strategic acquisitions in 2010 of Advance Food Company, Inc., Advance Brands LLC, and Barber Foods LLC to form AdvancePierre Foods. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Toler held key leadership roles at Pinnacle Foods, including President from 2005 to 2008 and EVP of Sales from 2003 to 2005, leading numerous customer-facing and other strategic initiatives. From 1981 to 2003, Mr. Toler held various leadership and sales positions at ICG Commerce, Campbell Soup Company, Nabisco, Reckitt & Colman and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Toler served on the board of directors of Hostess Brands from April 2014 to April 2018, AdvancePierre Foods from 2008 to 2013, and Pinnacle Foods from 2007 to 2008.
Mr. Toler’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his managerial experience at several consumer businesses; his track record of shareholder value creation; his experience leading and integrating acquisitions; and his history serving as a director at other public and private companies.