Leadership Team

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Steven Oakland , Chief Executive Officer and President

Steven Oakland, age 59, has served as a Director since March 2, 2018 and has been 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.

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William J. “Bill”
Kelley Jr.
, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

William J. Kelley Jr. (“Bill”), 55, is our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He served as Interim Chief Financial Officer from November 2019 to February 2020. Prior to that, he was our Senior Vice President, Corporate and Operations, Finance. A food industry veteran, Bill joined TreeHouse in 2016 as Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller. Prior to TreeHouse, Bill was with The Kraft Heinz Company, as Head of Global Internal Audit. Before Kraft, he was employed by The Hillshire Brands Company, as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to Hillshire, Bill held several senior roles of increasing responsibility at USG Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Arthur Andersen, and Cargill, Inc. Mr. Kelley holds a B.A. in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University and an MBA in Accounting and Strategy from the University of Chicago.

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Thomas E. O'Neill , Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Thomas E. O'Neill, age 65, joined TreeHouse in January 2005 and is our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, & Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining us, Mr. O'Neill was a principal in TreeHouse, LLC. 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. Mr. O'Neill holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

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C. Shay Braun , SVP, Chief Operations Officer

C. Shay Braun, age 53, is our Chief Operations Officer and joined TreeHouse Foods 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.

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Lori G. Roberts , SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Lori G. Roberts, age 59, is our Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources. Ms. Roberts joined TreeHouse in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources responsible for compensation, benefits, recruiting, corporate communications, labor and employee relations supporting over 16,000 employees in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Ms. Roberts was with TMK IPSCO where she was the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. She brings deep experience in Human Resources strategy having held positions with companies including Wallace Computer, The Claymore Group and Cummins Inc. where she supported their manufacturing operations for 13 years. Ms. Roberts earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University.

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Amit R. Philip , SVP, Chief Strategy Officer

Amit Philip, 42, joined TreeHouse Foods in 2019 as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Philip was with The Hershey Company for seven years where he was most recently Vice President, Global Analytics & Insights. Mr. Philip also held leadership roles in both Corporate and Business Unit strategy at Hershey. Prior to joining Hershey, Mr. Philip was a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney. Mr. Philip started his career with Schlumberger as technology consultant. Mr. Philip holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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Dean T. General , SVP, Chief Commercial Officer

Dean General, 53, is our Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer. 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 holds a B.S. degree in Commerce from Rider University and has completed the Executive Development program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.

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Catherine “Triona” Schmelter , SVP, Chief Transformation Officer

Triona Schmelter, age 50, is our Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer, a role she has held since February 2020. From January 2019 to February 2020, she was President of the Meal Solutions Division. Ms. Schmelter, with over 20 years in the food industry, joined TreeHouse in 2016. Prior to TreeHouse, she held a variety of leadership roles at both Kraft and General Mills. During her decade at Kraft, she held roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing including Vice President, Meals. Prior to Kraft, 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. In 2019, Ms. Schmelter was elected to the Board of Directors of Steelcase, Inc., (NYSE: SCS) a leading manufacturer of furniture for offices, hospitals and classrooms.

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Mark A. Fleming , SVP, Division President, Meal Preparation

Mark Fleming, age 49, is our Senior Vice President, Division President Meal Preparation, a role he has held since February 2020. From September 2018 to February 2020, he was President of the Baked Goods Division. Previously, 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.

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Kevin G. Jackson , SVP, Division President, Snacking & Beverages

Kevin Jackson, age 53, joined TreeHouse Foods in February 2020 as Senior Vice President, Division President,Snacking & Beverages Division. Mr. Jackson has over 25 years of consumer packaged goods management, marketing, and sales experience. Prior to joining TreeHouse, Mr. Jackson was with The J.M. Smucker Company ("Smucker's") (NYSE: SJM) for seventeen years where he was most recently the Senior Vice President, U.S. Retail Sales and North American Away From Home Division. Prior to joining Smucker's, Mr. Jackson was a brand manager at Brach's Confections and Constellation Brands. Mr. Jackson earned his MBA from New York Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Jackson is part of Revenue 50 and Sales Executive Share Group.