Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Ann M. Sardini , Chair of the Board , (Term Expires 2023)

Ann M. Sardini, age 71, has served as a Director since May 2008 and as Chair of the Board since April 29, 2021. 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, Ms. Sardini provides client companies with strategic and practical guidance for 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 Sesame Workshop (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 served on the board of directors, chaired the Audit Committee, and served on the Restructuring Committee of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. until its liquidation in October 2020, and currently serves as chair of the board and of the Audit Committee of Ideal Protein, a private equity-owned subscription-based weight-loss company. Ms. Sardini also currently serves on the advisory boards of Grant Avenue Capital and chairs the advisory board of Target 100. 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 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.

Ashley Buchanan , (Term Expires 2024)

Ashley Buchanan, 47, has served as a Director since November 2020. Mr. Buchanan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Michaels Companies, the United States’ largest arts and crafts retailer. He joined The Michaels Companies on January 6, 2020 as President and Chief Executive Officer Designate. Prior to joining The Michaels Companies, Mr. Buchanan served in numerous roles of increasing leadership and responsibility over his 12-year career at Walmart Inc., most recently as Chief Merchant for Walmart U.S. eCommerce. He also served as the Chief Merchant at Sam’s Club where he led a merchandising team and oversaw activities including assortment, private brand strategy, pricing, global sourcing, packaging, replenishment and supply chain. Mr. Buchanan has also served in a broad set of senior merchandising roles at Walmart Inc

Prior to his tenure at Walmart, Mr. Buchanan held a variety of positions in finance at Dell and spent five years at Accenture focused on the retail industry. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and real estate as well as a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the Audit and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees of our Board of Directors.

John P. Gainor Jr. , (Term Expires 2022)

John P. Gainor Jr., age 64, has served as a Director since March 2021. Mr. Gainor is an experienced executive and director, most recently serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of International Dairy Queen, Inc. from 2008 until 2017 after serving as its Chief Supply Chain Officer. Mr. Gainor has longstanding experience in shipping and logistics as the former President and Co-Founder of Supply Solutions, Inc., a company that focused on designing and implementing supply chain solutions and business expansion models for major restaurant chains and consumer products companies. Mr. Gainor previously held various executive positions with Consolidated Distribution Corporation, AmeriServe Distribution Corporation and Warner Lambert Corporation. Mr. Gainor serves on the boards of directors of Bloomin’ Brands and Saia, Inc. and previously served on the board of Jack in the Box Inc.

Mr. Gainor earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University. Mr. Gainor is a member of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.

Mark R. Hunter , (Term Expires 2023)

Mark R. Hunter, age 58, has served as a Director since April 2020. Mr. Hunter most recently served as President and CEO of the Molson Coors Brewing Company from January 2015 to September 2019. From January 2013 to December 2014, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors Europe. From June 2012 to January 2013, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors Central Europe. From December 2007 to June 2012, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors UK. Prior to that, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility for Molson Coors and its predecessor, Bass Brewers, since 1989. Mr. Hunter also served as a non-executive director from 2011 to 2014 of the 2 Sisters Food Group, a leading privately-owned European private label food business. Mr. Hunter holds a Bachelor Honours degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009. Mr. Hunter also served for two terms as President of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers and as Vice Chairman on the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking. Mr. Hunter is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Linda K. Massman , (Term Expires 2022)

Linda K. Massman, 54, was elected to the TreeHouse Board of Directors on July 28, 2016. Ms. Massman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Paper Corporation until her retirement on April 1, 2020. Previously, Ms. Massman served as Clearwater Paper’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2013. Prior to that, Ms. Massman served as Clearwater Paper’s Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2011. Before joining 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.

In 2016, she became the first vice chairwoman for the American Forest & Paper Association and in 2017, she was the chairwoman for the American Forest & Paper Association. Ms. Massman currently serves on the board of directors of Caliber. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of North Dakota and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Massman is the Chairman of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.

Steven Oakland , (Term Expires 2024)

Steven Oakland, age 60, has served as a Director since March 2, 2018 and was appointed to serve as our Chief Executive Officer and President, effective 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.

Jill A. Rahman , (Term Expires 2024)

Jill A. Rahman, 60, has served as a Director since November 2020. Ms. Rahman currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which includes a network of more than 700 partner organizations which work together to bring food, dignity, and hope across Chicago, and she leads Operations, Finance, IT, Human Resources and Strategic Initiatives. Ms. Rahman has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry at companies including The Kraft Heinz Company, Newell Brands, and Conagra Brands. She most recently served as the President of the International division at Conagra Brands from 2016 until her retirement in June 2020.

From 2016 – 2020, Ms. Rahman served on the Board of Directors as Chairman for Agro Tech Foods, a publicly traded affiliate of Conagra Brands in India. Ms. Rahman currently serves on the Board of Directors for Berry Global, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. Ms. Rahman is a member of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Jean E. Spence , (Term Expires 2023)

Jean E. Spence, 63, an independent consultant to several consumer product companies, has served as a Director since September 2018. Ms. Spence was formerly Executive Vice President of Research, Development, & Quality at Mondelēz International, Inc. ("Mondēlez"), a global leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages from 2012 to 2015. Prior to the 2012 spin-off transaction to form Mondelēz, Ms. Spence served in the same capacity at parent company Kraft Foods, Inc. ("Kraft") from 2004 to 2012 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 represented 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 the Advisory Board of the Agri-Food Tech Fund of Praesidium Private Investments. Ms. Spence is Immediate Past Chair of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. Ms. Spence is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors.

Kenneth I. Tuchman , (Term Expires 2023)

Kenneth I. Tuchman, age 71, has served as a Director since March 2021. Mr. Tuchman has over 35 years of experience as an investment banker and director who has worked with public and private, large and mid-cap company management teams to facilitate growth, funding and competitive positioning. Most recently, Mr. Tuchman was the Vice Chairman of the investment and corporate banking groups of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets until 2016.Previously, Mr. Tuchman served as Vice Chairman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on investment banking in the consumer and retail sector. Before that, he was Chairman of Global Banking for the Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd. (Wasserstein Perella Group) and spent more than 16 years at Lehman Brothers, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global M&A Group.Mr. Tuchman has previously served on the boards of directors of Smart & Final Stores, Gordmans Stores, Parisian Department Stores and DeMoulas Supermarkets, as well as other private companies and organizations. 

Mr. Tuchman earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from The State University of New York, and his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Tuchman is a member of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Jason J. Tyler , (Term Expires 2022)

Jason J. Tyler, age 50, has served as a Director since April 2019. Mr. Tyler currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Northern Trust Corporation. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northern Trust's Wealth Management business. His prior roles include serving as Global Head of Corporate Strategy for the Company and Global Head of the Institutional Group at Northern Trust Asset Management.

Mr. Tyler joined Northern Trust in 2011 from Ariel Investments, where he served as Senior Vice President, Director of Research Operations, and as a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, he served in various leadership roles at Bank One/American National Bank.

Mr. Tyler earned an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an A.B. from Princeton University. He is a Director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Advance Illinois, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Foundation, The Becker Friedman Institute, and the Joffrey Ballet where he formerly served as Chairman. Mr. Tyler is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees of our Board of Directors.

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Stockholder Communication with the Board

Stockholders and other interested parties may contact the Board, the non-management directors or any individual director (including the Chairman of the Board) by writing to them c/o TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Corporate Secretary, 2021 Spring Road, Suite 600, Oak Brook, IL 60523, and such mail will be forwarded to the director or directors, as the case may be.