Board of Directors

Gary D. Smith

Gary D. Smith, age 76, has served as a Director since June 6, 2005 and as Chairman of the Board since July 1, 2018. Mr. Smith is currently a partner at Encore Consumer Capital. From 2005 to 2019, Mr. Smith was 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 Board 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.

Linda K. Massman

Linda K. Massman, 52, 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 2011-2013. Prior to that, Ms. Massman served as the company'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.

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 MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Massman is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Steven Oakland

Steven Oakland, age 58, 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.

Dennis F. O'Brien

Dennis F. O'Brien, age 61, has served as a Director since August 2009. 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 S.A. and Procter & Gamble.

Mr. O'Brien holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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 Committee and is Chairman of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors.

Frank J. O'Connell

Frank J. O’Connell, age 76, has served as a Director since June 2005. 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 Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors.

Matthew E. Rubel

Matthew E. Rubel, age 61, was elected as a Director on February 21, 2018. 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 Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University and holds an MBA from the University of Miami. Mr. Rubel is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of our Board of Directors.

Ann M. Sardini

Ann M. Sardini, age 69, has served as a Director since May 2008. 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 E. Spence

Jean E. Spence, 61, an independent consultant, has served as a Director since September 2018. Ms. Spence was formerly Executive Vice President of Research, Development, & Quality at Mondelēz International, Inc., a global leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages. Prior to the 2012 spin-off transaction to form Mondelēz, 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. 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 a member of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Jason J. Tyler

Jason J. Tyler, age 48, has served as a Director since April 2019. Mr. Tyler currently serves 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 from Ariel Investments, where he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research Operations. 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 Committee of our Board of Directors.

David B. Vermylen

David B. Vermylen, age 68, 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 CEO of Keebler Foods Company, a division of Kellogg Company. Prior to becoming CEO 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 CEO of Brother’s Gourmet Coffee and Vice President of Marketing and Development and later President and CEO of Mother’s Cake and Cookie Co. His prior experience also includes three years with the Fobes Group and fourteen 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 board 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.