Chief Executive Officer and Director Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer and Director Chairman of the Board
Thomas Salmon was named Chief Executive Officer of Berry Global Group, Inc. and appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in February 2017. Mr. Salmon most recently served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. From November 2015 until October 2016, Mr. Salmon was President of Berry’s Consumer Packaging Division. He previously served as President of Berry’s Rigid Closed Top Division since November 2014 and President of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division from 2003 until November 2014. Mr. Salmon was General Manager for Honeywell Plastics for the two years prior thereto. He was the Global Sales Director for Allied Signal’s Engineering Plastics and Films business from 1999 to 2001. Prior to joining Honeywell/ Allied Signal, Mr. Salmon held several positions at GE Plastics and GE Lighting, divisions within General Electric. Mr. Salmon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Bonaventure University in Western New York.
Stephen E. Sterrett has been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2015. In May 2018, Mr. Sterrett was elected Lead Independent Director. Mr. Sterrett retired on December 31, 2014 as the Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., a position he held since 2000. From 1993 to 2000 Mr. Sterrett held the position of Treasurer with Simon. Prior to joining the Simon organization in 1988 he was a senior manager with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Mr. Sterrett currently serves on the boards of Equity Residential and Realty Income Corporation, both S&P 500 companies. He also serves on the board of directors of the following not for profit companies: the Indiana Golf Association and its Foundation, the Indiana University Center for Real Estate Studies and the Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council, the Indiana State Seniors Golf Association and Tindley Accelerated Schools. Mr. Sterrett holds a B.S. degree in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance, both from Indiana University. Mr. Sterrett’s extensive accounting and financial experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
B. Evan Bayh has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Bayh is a former U.S. Senator and Indiana Governor. He was a member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. While in the Senate, he served on a variety of committees, including the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Prior to serving in the Senate, Mr. Bayh served as Indiana Governor from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Bayh’s many years of service in elected office, including as the chief executive of a large Midwestern state, qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Jonathan (Jon) F. Foster joined our Board of Directors in April 2014. Mr. Foster is Founder and a Managing Director of Current Capital LLC, a private equity investing and management services firm. Prior to this role, Mr. Foster served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Diversified Industrials and Services at Wachovia Securities. Foster has served in numerous key executive leadership positions including: Executive Vice President - Finance and Business Development of Revolution LLC; Managing Director of The Cypress Group; Senior Managing Director and Head of Industrial Products and Services Mergers and Acquisitions at Bear Stearns & Co; and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of ToysRUs.com, Inc. Prior to the aforementioned positions, Mr. Foster was with Lazard for over 10 years, primarily in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Foster is a board member of Masonite International Corporation, Lear Corporation and Chemtura Corporation as well as a Trustee of the New York Power Authority. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation. Mr. Foster has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Emory University, a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and has attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Foster’s leadership and business experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company
Idalene (Idie) F. Kesner joined our Board of Directors in April 2014. Ms. Kesner has served as dean for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, since July 2013. Ms. Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995, coming from a titled faculty position at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Indiana University (IU), Kesner has served as chairwoman of Kelley’s Full-Time MBA Program, Chairwoman of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, and co-directed the School’s Consulting Academy. Ms. Kesner has taught in more than 100 executive programs and served as a consultant for many national and international firms, working on strategic issues. Her research has focused on the areas of corporate boards of directors, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Kesner served on the board of advisors for Lincoln Industries and she serves on the board of directors for Main Street America Group. In May 2014, she retired from the board of directors of Sun Life Financial. Kesner holds an MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from IU and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Kesner’s leadership and business acumen qualify her to serve as a director of the Company
Carl J. (Rick) Rickertsen was appointed to our Board in January 2013. Mr. Rickertsen is a managing partner of Pine Creek Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Washington, D.C. He has worked in prive equity since 1987. Piror to founding Pine Creek Partners, Mr. Rickertsen was chief operating officer and partner of Thayer Capital Partners. Mr. Rickertsen was a founding partner of three Thayer investment funds totaling over $1.4 billion and is a published author. He serves on the board of directors of MicroStrategy, Apollo Senior Credit Fund, and Noranda. He was formerly a board member Convera Corporation, UAP Holding Corp., and Homeland Security Capital Corporation. Mr. Rickertsen graduated with distinction from Stanford University and Harvard Graduate School of Business, obtaining a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and MBA from Harvard. Mr. Rickertsen's extensive business experience qualifies him to serve as director of the Company.
Ronald S. Rolfe was appointed to our Board in October 2013. Mr. Rolfe was a member of the Litigation Department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP for more than 40 years. At the end of December 2010, he retired as a Partner of the firm. During his tenure, Mr. Rolfe led major antitrust and securities cases; SEC, NYSE, NASDAQ, and grand jury investigations; and, a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitrations. He was also active in major merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance advice. Mr. Rolfe is a board member of Time, Inc. (NYSE: TIME) where he serves as Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee; Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE: RAL) where he serves on the Audit and Finance Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee; Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE: NOR) where he serves on the Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee); and Advanced Assessment Systems, Inc.; and Tune Core, Inc. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Rolfe was also a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and James Kent Scholar. Mr. Rolfe dedicates much time to both professional organizations and civic endeavors, including serving as President Emeritus and a Trustee of the Board of The Allen-Stevenson School. Mr. Rolfe’s extensive experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Robert V. Seminara has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2006. Mr. Seminara joined Apollo Management in 2003. Prior to that time, Mr. Seminara was a member of the Private Equity Group at Evercore Partners from 1996 to 2003. Prior to his tenure at Evercore, Mr. Seminara was employed by Lazard Frères & Co. in the firm’s Media & Communications Group. Mr. Seminara also serves on the board of directors of Skylink Aviation and is a member of the Board of Managers of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC. Mr. Seminara graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mr. Seminara’s extensive financial and business experience qualify him to serve as a director of the Company.
Paula A. Sneed has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018. Ms. Sneed is the Chairperson and CEO of Phelps Prescott Group LLC (PPG), a strategy and management consultancy she cofounded in 2007. She retired from General Foods / Kraft Foods in 2006 after a 29 year career during which she held a variety of marketing, general management and senior executive roles including President of two operating divisions, Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Vice President e-Commerce and Executive Vice President, Global Marketing Resources and Initiatives. Ms. Sneed is a Director of Charles Schwab Corporation, TE Connectivity Ltd., The Family Independence Initiative, Turnaround For Children, and the Surge Institute and New Schools Venture Fund. She is a former Director of Hercules Inc., Airgas Inc., Communispace Inc., American Marketing Association, Right To Play and Teach For America national and Chicago regional boards. She is also a former trustee of Simmons College and Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Sneed earned a BA from Simmons College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She received an honorary Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University. Ms. Sneed’s extensive management and marketing experience, particularly in the consumer products industry, qualifies her to serve as a director of the Company.
Robert A. Steele was appointed to our Board of Directors in October 2014.
In 2011, Mr. Steele retired from Procter & Gamble as the company’s Vice Chairman Health Care. During his 35-year tenure with Procter & Gamble, he served in a variety of executive leadership positions, including Vice Chairman Global Health and Well-being, Group President Global Household Care, and Group President of North American Operations. Mr. Steele is a board member of Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee, where he serves on the Audit and Finance committee, and the Compensation and Organizational Development committee. Mr. Steele was previously a member of the board of directors of Beam Inc. and Kellogg Company. Mr. Steele has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from College of Wooster and a MBA from Cleveland State University. Mr. Steele’s in-depth knowledge of the global consumer goods market and his leadership and business experience qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Scott B. Ullem, age 49. Mr. Ullem became Chief Financial Officer of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation in January 2014. Prior to joining Edwards, he served from May 2010 to December 2013 as Chief Financial Officer of Bemis Company Inc., a publicly traded global supplier of packaging and pressure sensitive materials used in leading food, consumer and healthcare products.
Mr. Ullem served from 2008 to May 2010 as the Vice President, Finance of Bemis. Before joining Bemis, Mr. Ullem spent 17 years in investment banking, serving as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and later for Bank of America. Mr. Ullem earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePauw University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.