Leadership Team

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Steven Oakland, Chief Executive Officer and President

Steven Oakland, age 58, 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.


Maurice "Moe" Alkemade, SVP, Division President, Beverages

Maurice “Moe” Alkemade, age 51, is our Division President, Beverages. Mr. Alkemade joined TreeHouse in 2017 as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer 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.


C. Shay Braun, SVP, Chief Operations Officer

C. Shay Braun, age 52, 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.


Mark A. Fleming, SVP, Division President, Baked Goods

Mark Fleming, age 48, is the President of the Baked Goods division, a role he has held since September 2018. Prior to this, he served as the President of the Meals Division. Mr. Fleming joined TreeHouse Foods 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.


Matthew J. Foulston, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew J. Foulston, age 55, joined TreeHouse in December 2016 and is our Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining TreeHouse Foods, 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.


Dean General, SVP, Chief Commercial Officer

Dean General, 52, 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.


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

Thomas E. O'Neill, age 64, 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.


Lori G. Roberts, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Lori G. Roberts, age 58, 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.


Triona C. Schmelter, SVP, Division President, Meal Solutions

Triona Schmelter, age 50, joined TreeHouse in 2016 and is currently the Meal Solutions Division President. With 20+ years in the food industry, Triona 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 Kraft, she had roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing including Vice President, Meals. Prior to Kraft Foods, Triona 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.