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Freshpet Inc (FRPT.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Norris

71 2006 Independent Chairman of the Board

Scott Morris

48 2016 President, Chief Operating Officer

William Cyr

54 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Richard Kassar

70 2011 Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Weise

58 2015 Executive Vice President - Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Stephen Macchiaverna

59 2006 Senior Vice President, Controller, Secretary

Edward Young

2017 Senior Vice President - Grocery & Mass Sales

Christopher Taranto

2015 Vice President - Procurement and Planning

Lisa Barrette

2015 Vice President - Business Development

J. David Basto

45 2010 Independent Director

Daryl Brewster

60 2011 Independent Director

Lawrence Coben

59 2014 Independent Director

Walter George

60 2014 Independent Director

Christopher Harned

54 Independent Director

Robert King

58 2014 Independent Director

Jonathan Marlow

37 2010 Independent Director

Craig Steeneck

59 2014 Independent Director

Katie Turner

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Norris

Mr. Charles A. Norris serves as an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Freshpet, Inc. He has been a member of our Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board since October 2006. Mr. Norris has served as the Chairman of Glacier Water Services Inc. since 2001. He is also a member of the board of directors of AEM Electronics Inc., a position he has held since 2004, and a member of the board of directors of MP Holdco LLC, a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Norris is the retired President of McKesson Water Products Company, a bottled water company and division of McKesson Corporation, where he served as President from 1990 until he retired in October 2000. From 1981 through 1989, Mr. Norris served as President of Deer Park Spring Water Company, which was a division of Nestle USA, and then led an investor group that acquired the business in 1985 until it was sold to Clorox in 1987. He remained an executive officer of Clorox through 1989 following their acquisition of Deer Park. From 1973 to 1985, He served in various operational executive positions with Nestle in both Switzerland and the United States. Mr. Norris provides the Board of Directors with extensive corporate leadership experience as well as a deep understanding of our business.

Scott Morris

Mr. Scott Morris serves as a President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He has been appointed to the position of President of the Company., effective 1 July 2016. He was Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Morris is a co-founder of Freshpet and has served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2010 to 2013 and Chief Marketing Officer since January 2014. He is involved in all aspects of Company development and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Freshpet, He was Vice President of Marketing at The Meow Mix Company from 2002 to 2006. Previously, He worked at Ralston Purina from 1990 to 2002, holding various leadership positions in Sales and Marketing, most recently Pet Food Group Director. He founded The Freshpet Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. He has over 20 years’ experience in consumer packaged goods sales, management and marketing.

William Cyr

Mr. William B. Cyr serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Before assuming his role at Freshpet, Mr. Cyr, age 53, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (“SDBC”) from August 2004 to February 2016. Prior to joining SDBC, Mr. Cyr spent 19 years at Procter & Gamble, where he ultimately served as the Vice President and General Manager of the North American Juice Business and Global Nutritional Beverages. During his time as President and Chief Executive Officer of SDBC, Mr. Cyr served as a Board and Executive Committee Member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a position he held since 2002. Additionally, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of American Beverage Association since 2007 and on the Executive Committee since 2012. Mr. Cyr holds an A.B. from Princeton University.

Richard Kassar

Mr. Richard A. Kassar serves as a Chief Financial Officer of the Freshpet, Inc. He has served as Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from July 2006 to January 2011 and as President from January 2011 to June 2014. He has acted as our principal financial and accounting officer since 2006. Prior to joining Freshpet, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Meow Mix Company until its sale to Del Monte Foods in 2006. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Co-President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Household Brands. From 1986 to 1999, He was employed by Chock Full O’ Nuts in various positions and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Controller. He has been a director of World Fuel Services Corporation since 2002. Mr. Kassar has over 20 years’ experience in the consumer brands industry.

Stephen Weise

Mr. Stephen Weise serves as Executive Vice President - Manufacturing and Supply Chain of the Company. Mr. Weise previously worked at TBM Consulting Group, a global operational excellence consulting firm, to lead cross-divisional and cross-functional communication across businesses in order to improve organizational management and drive earnings growth. He successfully implemented an extensive training process and curriculum for new talent at a large distribution company, which was critical to improving distribution center productivity. Prior to that role, Mr. Weise served as the Chief Operating Officer at Jacobson Companies, formerly known as The Arthur Wells Group, for approximately ten years where he led and formed a team that worked to improve the go-to-market strategy and enabled the company to achieve a $100 million increase in revenue and doubled the company's earnings. He has held senior operations management positions at The B. Manischewitz Company, Eight in One Pet Products, Chock full o'Nuts, and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Mr. Weise has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stephen Macchiaverna

Mr. Stephen Macchiaverna serves as a Senior Vice President, Controller and Secretary of the Freshpet, Inc., Mr. Macchiaverna has served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Secretary since October 2006. Prior to joining Freshpet, Mr. Macchiaverna was the Controller for The Meow Mix Company from its inception in 2002 through its sale and transition to Del Monte Foods in 2006. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Virgin Drinks USA, Inc. Mr. Macchiaverna began his consumer packaged goods career with First Brands Corporation, where he worked from 1986 to 1999, most recently as Divisional Controller for all domestic subsidiaries. He has over 25 years’ experience in consumer packaged goods financial management.

Edward Young

Mr. Edward Young serves as Senior Vice President - Grocery & Mass Sales of the Company. Mr. Young joins Freshpet with more than 25 years of experience in national sales leadership roles and with significant experience in refrigerated foods. Prior to Freshpet, he served as Vice President of National Warehouse Sales at Dean Foods where he led the creation and scale-up of a go-to-market capability to increase branded distribution and to enhance selling capabilities. Prior to Dean Foods, Mr. Young served in several sales leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé and the Sunny Delight Beverages Company.

Christopher Taranto

Mr. Christopher Taranto has been promoted as Vice President - Procurement and Planning of the Company. Mr. Taranto previously served as the Director of Supply Chain Management at Freshpet where he successfully established functional and sustainable business processes and instituted complex organizational changes. Prior to Freshpet, he served as the Director of Supplier Management, Global Operations, at Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Taranto has over 23 years of experience in procurement, planning, and supply chain management.

Lisa Barrette

Ms. Lisa Barrette is Vice President - Business Development of the Company. Lisa Barrette will report directly to Scott Morris as the new Vice President of Business Development within the Freshpet Marketing Group. Ms. Barrette brings over 15-years of business management and brand and marketing experience to Freshpet. She most recently served as a Senior Director at Pinnacle Foods, Inc. where she successfully executed a turnaround plan for the Celeste business, including cost-saving quality improvements, and developed innovative branding initiatives which optimized marketing spend. Ms. Barrette has also held senior marketing positions at Post Holdings, Inc. and Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

J. David Basto

Mr. J. David Basto serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Basto has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2010. Mr. Basto is Founding Partner and Managing Director of Broad Sky Partners, a position he has held since its formation in 2013. Prior to co-founding Broad Sky Partners, He worked for MidOcean from its inception in 2003 through 2013, most recently as Managing Director and co-head of MidOcean’s consumer sector investing team. Prior to MidOcean, He worked for DB Capital Partners and its predecessor BT Capital Partners from 1998 through 2003. Previously, He held positions with Juno Partners and Tucker Anthony Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of SBD Holdings Group Corp., the parent company of South Beach Diet Corp., and as a director and co-chairman of MP Holdco LLC. Mr. Basto provides the Board of Directors with expertise in analyzing financial issues and insights into the consumer sector.

Daryl Brewster

Mr. Daryl G. Brewster serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Brewster has been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2011. Since 2013, Mr. Brewster has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a coalition of over 200 large cap companies focused on addressing societal challenges through business. Since 2008, Mr. Brewster has also been the founder/CEO of Brookside Management, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provides C-level insights and support to consumer companies and service providers to the industry. In 2013, He co-founded Brewster Foods Group, a family-run business focused on investing in and operating small cap food businesses, where he continues to act as the company’s co-founder and co-chair. Between 2009 and 2013, He was a Management Advisor to MidOcean partners. Prior to that, He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. from March 2006 through January 2008. From 1996 to 2006, He was a senior executive at Kraft, Inc. (which acquired Nabisco in 2000), where he served in numerous senior executive roles, most recently as Group Vice President and President, Snacks, Biscuits and Cereal. Before joining Nabisco, He served as Managing Director, Campbell’s Grocery Products Ltd.—UK; Vice-President, Campbell’s Global Strategy, and Business Director, Campbell’s U.S. Soup. He serves on the board of MP Holdco LLC and the boards of several middle-market growth companies, and previously served on the board of E*Trade Financial Services, Inc. He provides the Board of Directors with experience in corporate leadership, public company operations, and an understanding of the pet and consumer packaged goods industries.

Lawrence Coben

Mr. Lawrence S. Coben, Ph.D., serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Coben has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tremisis Energy Corporation LLC, positions he has held since May 2006. He was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tremisis Energy Acquisition Corporation II from July 2007 through March 2009 and of Tremisis Energy Acquisition Corporation from February 2004 to May 2006. From January 2001 to January 2004, He was a Senior Principal of Sunrise Capital Partners L.P., a private equity firm. From 1997 to January 2001, He was an independent consultant and, from 1994 to 1996, he was Chief Executive Officer of Bolivian Power Company. He currently serves on the board of NRG Energy, Inc. and is an Advisory Partner of the Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners. Mr. Coben served on the board of directors of Chilean Utility SAESA from 2008 to 2010 and the British power developer Rurelec PLC from 2011 to 2014. He is also Executive Director of the Sustainable Prevention Initiative and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Mr. Coben provides the Board of Directors with significant managerial, strategic, and financial expertise, particularly as it relates to company financings, transactions and development initiatives.

Walter George

Mr. Walter N. George, III, serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. George has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. He is the President of G3 Consulting, LLC, a boutique advisory firm specializing in value creation in small and mid-market consumer products companies, a company he founded in 2013. He served as President of the American Italian Pasta Company and Corporate Vice President of Ralcorp Holdings from 2010 until its sale to ConAgra Foods in 2013. He served as Chief Operating Officer at American Italian Pasta Company from 2008 to 2010. From 2001 to 2008, He served in other executive roles with American Italian Pasta Company, including Senior Vice President—Supply Chain and Logistics and Executive Vice President—Operations and Supply Chain. From 1988 through 2001, He held a number of senior operating positions with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a subsidiary of Colgate Palmolive Company, most recently as Vice President of Supply Chain. He serves on the board of directors of Vision Bank and Old World Spice and Seasoning Company. He provides the Board of Directors with operations expertise, consumer products and pet food industry expertise and public company experience. .

Christopher Harned

Mr. Christopher B. Harned serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Harned has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2006. He also served as our Vice Chairman from October 2006 to December 2010. He has been a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group of Nomura Securities International Inc. since September 2014. Prior to joining Nomura, He was a Managing Director with Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. from November 2011 through September 2014. Prior to joining Baird, He served as a Partner with The Cypress Group LLC from 2001 through November 2011, where he directed the firm’s investment strategy in the consumer products sector and led the investment in The Meow Mix Company. Prior to joining The Cypress Group, He was a Managing Director and Global Head of Consumer Products M&A at Lehman Brothers, where he worked for over 16 years, from September 1985 to November 2001. He currently serves on the board of directors of Quad/Graphics, Inc., a global printer and media channel integrator, and bswift, LLC, a human resources and employee benefits software-as-a-service business. He provides the Board of Directors with expertise in the consumer products sector, the capital markets, public company experience and audit and finance committee experience.

Robert King

Mr. Robert C. King serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. King has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cytosport, Inc., a sports nutrition company and maker of Muscle Milk, from July 2013 to August 2014. Prior to joining Cytosport, He was an advisor to TSG Consumer Partners, a mid-market private equity firm specializing in consumer packaged goods companies, from March 2011 to July 2013. He spent 21 years in the North America Pepsi system, from 1989 to 2010, including serving as Executive Vice President and President of North America for Pepsi Bottling Group from 2008 to his retirement in 2010, President of North America for Pepsi Bottling Group from 2006 to 2008, President of Field Bottling from 2005 to 2006 and Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Business Unit from 2002 to 2005. Before joining the North America Pepsi system, He worked in various sales and marketing positions with E&J Gallo Winery from 1984 to 1989, most recently as Western Region Sales Manager, and with Procter & Gamble from 1980 to 1984, most recently as Unit Manager. He has served as non-executive chairman of the board of Gehl Foods, a Wind Point Partners firm, since 2015 and as a board member to Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Co., Inc. since 2011. He previously served as a board member and advisor to Cytosport and Neurobrands, LLC, a producer of premium functional beverages.has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. King served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cytosport, Inc., a sports nutrition company and maker of Muscle Milk, from July 2013 to August 2014. Prior to joining Cytosport, Mr. King was an advisor to TSG Consumer Partners, a mid-market private equity firm specializing in consumer packaged goods companies, from March 2011 to July 2013.

Jonathan Marlow

Mr. Jonathan S. Marlow serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Marlow has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2010. He is a Principal at MidOcean, and has been with the firm since 2009, where he has focused on investments within the consumer sector. Prior to MidOcean, He worked for Investcorp International Inc. in the private equity group from 2006 through 2008. Previously, He held positions at J.F. Lehman & Company and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of Agilex Fragrances. Mr. Marlow provides the Board of Directors with expertise in investment strategies and insight into the consumer sector.

Craig Steeneck

Mr. Craig D. Steeneck, CPA, serves as an Independent Director of the Freshpet, Inc. Mr. Steeneck has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. He has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Foods Inc. since July 2007, where he oversees the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax and information technology. From June 2005 to July 2007, He served as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Finance and IT of Pinnacle Foods, helping to redesign the supply chain to generate savings and improved financial performance. From April 2003 to June 2005, He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide), playing key roles in wide-scale organization of internal processes and staff management. From March 2001 to April 2003, He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International, a subsidiary of Cendant. From October 1999 to February 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods Inc. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Steeneck provides the Board of Directors with extensive management experience in the consumer packaged goods industry as well as accounting and financial expertise.

Katie Turner