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Chefs' Warehouse Inc (CHEF.OQ)

CHEF.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Christopher Pappas

58 1985 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

John Pappas

54 2011 Vice Chairman of the Board

James Leddy

54 2017 Chief Financial Officer, IR Contact Officer

Patricia Lecouras

62 2007 Chief Human Resource Officer

Tim McCauley

53 2018 Chief Accounting Officer

Alexandros Aldous

37 2017 General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Relations Officer

Dominick Cerbone

72 2017 Lead Independent Director

Christina Carroll

52 2018 Independent Director

John Couri

75 2017 Independent Director

Joseph Cugine

56 2012 Independent Director

Steven Goldstone

71 2017 Independent Director

Alan Guarino

57 2012 Independent Director

Stephen Hanson

67 2011 Independent Director

Katherine Oliver

54 2015 Independent Director

David Schreibman

50 2018 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Christopher Pappas

Mr. Christopher Pappas is the Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. effective from 1985. He is our founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 1985 and has been a director on our board and our board chairman since our IPO, and he also served as a director and the chairman of the board of our predecessor company, Chefs’ Warehouse Holdings, LLC. He has been our president since April 11, 2009 and before that was our president from our formation to January 1, 2007. Prior to founding our company, Mr. C. Pappas played basketball professionally in Europe for several years following his graduation from Adelphi University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Mr. C. Pappas currently oversees all of our business activities, with a focus on product procurement, sales, marketing, strategy development, business development and operations. Mr. C. Pappas’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive knowledge of our company and the specialty food products distribution business and his years of leadership at the Company.

John Pappas

Mr. John Pappas is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from March 1, 2011. Mr. Pappas is founder of our company and currently serves as our vice chairman, a position he has held since March 1, 2011. From our founding in 1985 to March 1, 2011, he served as our chief operating officer. Mr. J. Pappas has been a director on our board since our IPO, and he also served as a director on the board of our predecessor company, Chefs’ Warehouse Holdings, LLC. He has over 25 years of experience in logistics, facility management and global procurement and oversees our network of distribution centers in North America. Mr. J. Pappas is also active in the development of our corporate strategy. Mr. J. Pappas’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive knowledge of our company and the specialty food products distribution industry and his years of leadership at the Company.

James Leddy

Mr. James F. Leddy is the Chief Financial Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Leddy is the Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Secretary, IR Contact Officer of the Company effective November 10, 2017. Mr. Leddy previously served as interim Chief Financial Officer at JetBlue Airways from November 2016 to February 2017 and served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer from 2012 to November 2016. Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Leddy served as Senior Vice President, Treasury and Cash Management at NBCUniversal from 2008 until 2012, and as a Senior Technical Advisor at General Electric from 2003 until 2008. Previously, Mr. Leddy held corporate risk and treasury management positions at First Union National Bank and Dai-ichi Kangyo Bank. Mr. Leddy holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Management of Technology from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

Patricia Lecouras

Ms. Patricia Lecouras is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from March 5, 2007. Ms. Lecouras is our chief human resources officer, a position she has held since March 5, 2007. Ms. Lecouras joined our company from GE Capital Commercial Finance where she was vice president, human resources from 2001 to 2007. Prior to her time with GE Capital Commercial Finance, Ms. Lecouras was with Nine West Shoes (f/k/a Fischer Camuto Corporation) and Xerox. Ms. Lecouras’s professional experience is multidisciplinary and includes prior experience working in finance and tax-related functions. She also has earned a six sigma master black belt certification. Ms. Lecouras holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Work from Skidmore College.

Tim McCauley

Mr. Tim McCauley is the Chief Accounting Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc, effective February 16, 2018. Mr. McCauley has over 30 years of experience as a financial professional, including serving as Controller of the Company since May 2015. Mr. McCauley received his Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a certified public accountant in the state of Connecticut.

Alexandros Aldous

Mr. Alexandros Aldous is the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Relations Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Aldous is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. effective from March 2011, He is our general counsel, a position he has held since joining us in March 2011, and our corporate secretary, a position he has held since July 27, 2011. Prior to joining our company, he served as a legal consultant in London to Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, from November 2009 to December 2010. Mr. Aldous also served as an attorney with Watson, Farley & Williams from August 2008 to September 2009, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, and as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP from October 2005 to August 2008, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Aldous received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Government from Colby College, a Juris Doctor and M.A. from American University and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Aldous is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, Washington, D.C. and England and Wales and is authorized as house counsel in the State of Connecticut.

Dominick Cerbone

Mr. Dominick Cerbone is the Lead Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Cerbone is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. effective from May 24, 2012. Mr. Cerbone has been a director on our board since May 24, 2012. Mr. Cerbone brings over 40 years of financial and accounting experience, which have all been spent at Ernst & Young. Most recently, he was a senior partner and consultant of the national office of Ernst & Young from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that position, Mr. Cerbone was a senior partner of transaction advisory services for Ernst & Young from 1990 to 2005, where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating, facilitating and integrating business transactions involving global public and private entities in numerous diversified industries. Other positions held at Ernst & Young include cross-border market leader of the transaction advisory services department, a partner of the audit practice and managing partner of the Stamford, CT office. Mr. Cerbone is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Cerbone holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from Iona College. Mr. Cerbone’s qualifications to serve on our board include his extensive background and experience in accounting. Furthermore, he qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as such term is defined in the rules and regulations of the SEC, for our Audit Committee.

Christina Carroll

Ms. Christina Carroll is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc, effective February 18, 2018 . Christina Carroll is currently Managing Director, valuation advisory and financial opinions at Stout Risius Ross, LLC ("Stout") where she is responsible for originating and executing valuations, fairness opinions and other transaction related financial advisory services across industries. Prior to Stout Ms. Carroll was director, financial advisory services at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. Ms. Carroll also previously held managerial positions at Ernst & Young LLP including partner in valuation and transaction advisory services. Ms. Carroll has over 9 years of board experience at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank where she served on its audit committee and finance committee. Ms. Carroll is a Chartered Financial Analyst and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as such term is defined in the rules and regulations of the SEC, for our Audit Committee. Ms. Carroll’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive background and experience in finance, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

John Couri

Mr. John A. Couri is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Couri is the Lead Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc.. Mr. Couri has been a director on our board since our IPO, and he also served as a director on the board of our predecessor company, Chefs’ Warehouse Holdings, LLC. Mr. Couri is the president of Couri Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 1988 to operate youth programs for underprivileged children; the president of the Hammond Street Senior Center Foundation, Inc., which operates a senior center in Bangor, Maine; and the president of Founders Hall Foundation, Inc., which is a donor-supported education and recreation center for senior citizens in the Ridgefield, Connecticut area. In 1983, Mr. Couri co-founded Duty Free International (DFI), a New York Stock Exchange-listed public company, now Duty Free Americas, and served as president and chief executive officer of that company until it was sold to BAA in 1997. Mr. Couri served as a member of the Listed Company Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange from January 1993 to December 1995 and served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University from May 2004 to May 2008. Mr. Couri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Business, from Syracuse University and received an honorary doctorate degree from Syracuse University in 2008. Mr. Couri’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his experiences as having been a founder, president and chief executive officer of a publicly-traded company, his expertise involving listed companies and his understanding of corporate finance matters.

Joseph Cugine

Mr. Joseph Cugine is an Independent Director Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from September 7, 2012. He has been a director on our board since September 7, 2012. He is currently the president of BarFresh Food Group, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of pre-packaged all natural blended beverages; the owner of Cugine Foods, which owns restaurant franchises in New York; and co-founder and partner of a multi-unit restaurant and real estate holding company in New Jersey. Previously, Mr. Cugine was the president and co-owner of Argo Tea, a retail and wholesale tea company based in Chicago, from 2011–2015 and, prior to that, was chief customer officer and senior vice president of PepsiCo Foodservice division from 2004-2010. Prior to that role he held a series of general manager and sales leadership roles throughout PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Cugine serves as a member of the board of directors of BarFresh, Argo Tea and the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut and also serves as an advisor to R4 Technology in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Steven Goldstone

Mr. Steven F. Goldstone is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Goldstone is non-executive chairman of ConAgra Foods, Inc. one of the largest manufacturers of packaged food products in the US, as well as Greenhill & Co. He has been a director of two other New York Stock Exchange firms, American Standard Companies and Merck & Company, Inc. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Goldstone was chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. one of the world’s largest consumer product companies. Prior to joining RJR Nabisco, Inc., Mr. Goldstone was a partner in the New York City law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell (“Davis Polk”). As a Davis Polk partner from 1978 to 1995, Mr. Goldstone advised corporate clients on many of the largest national and international mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities matters of the day. Mr. Goldstone currently manages Silver Spring Group, a private investment firm. Mr. Goldstone is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and attended New York University School of Law. Mr. Goldstone’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions, his knowledge of the food industry, and his corporate governance expertise.

Alan Guarino

Mr. Alan Guarino is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from November 7, 2012. Mr. Guarino has been a director on our board since November 7, 2012. Mr. Guarino brings over 24 years of global recruiting and talent management experience to our board. Currently, Mr. Guarino is the vice chairman of Global Financial Markets at Korn Ferry International after having served as the global sector leader of FinTech, Electronic Trading, and Transaction Services at Korn Ferry International from 2007 until April 2012. He also serves as a senior partner in the Board Services and CEO practice of Korn Ferry International. In 1993, Mr. Guarino launched the start-up company Cornell International that grew into a top ranked firm engaged in retained executive search and strategic human resource consulting on Wall Street and was sold to Adecco in March of 2007. Prior to that role, he served as chief operating officer of Career Directions, a regional staffing firm; as a department head in Global Securities Processing at The Bank of New York; and as a captain in the U.S. Army. Since October 2014, Mr. Guarino has served on the board of directors of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., a publicly-traded company which provides proprietary cloud-based trading and portfolio management solutions.

Stephen Hanson

Mr. Stephen Hanson is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from July 27, 2011. Mr. Hanson has been a director on our board since July 27, 2011. He was the founder of B.R. Guest Restaurants, a New York multi-concept operator that began with one restaurant in 1987 and has since expanded to over 20 properties in New York City, Las Vegas and Florida. Mr. Hanson was also the president of B.R. Guest Restaurants until his retirement in December 2013. Mr. Hanson is a member of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Consumers Council for New York City, a position he has held since January 2011. He also sits on the boards of directors for Publicolor, a not-for-profit organization that uses color, collaboration, design and the painting process to empower students to transform themselves, their schools and their communities, and City Harvest, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in New York City. Mr. Hanson earned a business degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1976. Mr. Hanson’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, as well as his general business and investing background.

Katherine Oliver

Ms. Katherine Oliver is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Ms. Oliver is known for her innovative branding strategies, business development expertise, creativity, and an unparalleled understanding and commitment to customer service. Ms. Oliver is a founding Principal at the global philanthropic consulting firm Bloomberg Associates, which was established by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help improve the lives of citizens in cities around the world. Ms. Oliver oversees the media and technology portfolio, advising mayors and international civic leaders on economic development and public communications strategies and helping them harness the power of media and technology to improve government services. Ms. Oliver also advises a diverse range of corporate, cultural and non-profit organizations, including Bloomberg L.P., on cutting-edge content creation and marketing strategies. Ms. Oliver also sits on the board of directors for 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. From 2002 to 2013, Ms. Oliver served under Mayor Bloomberg as New York City’s Commissioner of Media & Entertainment Media & Entertainment. During her tenure, New York’s media and entertainment industry saw its strongest growth in history, supporting 130,000 jobs and generating direct spending of $7.1 billion annually. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Ms. Oliver was the General Manager of Bloomberg Radio & Television. Ms. Olivers’ qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive knowledge of branding, content creation and marketing strategy.

David Schreibman

Mr. David E. Schreibman is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc, effective February 18, 2018. David Schreibman is currently a consultant at Walgreens Boots Alliance and is the Rite Aid acquisition integration management officer leader. Prior to that he held roles at US Foods including executive vice president of strategy and senior vice president of business development. Prior to US Foods he held roles at Specialty Foods Corporation including vice president, secretary and general counsel. Mr. Schreibman was the chief counsel of mergers and acquisitions for Sara Lee Corporation, accountable for the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures on a worldwide basis. Mr. Schreibman began his career as a corporate associate with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. In addition, Mr. Schreibman previously served for several years on the board of the International Foodservice Distributors Association. Mr. Schreibman’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive knowledge of the specialty food products distribution business and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

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