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Smart & Final Stores Inc (SFS.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Kaplan

49 2012 Independent Chairman of the Board

David Hirz

61 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Scott Drew

55 2015 Executive Vice President - Operations

Richard Phegley

61 2001 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Edward Wong

60 2016 Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Chief Information Officer

Leland Smith

53 2016 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Michael Mortensen

61 2010 Senior Vice President - Sales and Merchandising

Jeffrey Whynot

60 2000 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Eleanor Hong

40 2014 Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Richard Link

62 2001 Chief Accounting Officer, Group Vice President, Controller

Eugene Smith

49 2013 Vice President, Treasurer

Norman Axelrod

64 2013 Independent Director

Andrew Giancamilli

66 2013 Independent Director

Dennis Gies

37 2012 Independent Director

Paul Hopkins

60 2015 Independent Director

Elaine Rubin

54 2017 Independent Director

Joseph Tesoriero

64 2014 Independent Director

Kenneth Tuchman

66 2015 Independent Director

Andrew Greenebaum

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

David Kaplan

Mr. David B. Kaplan is Independent Chairman of the Board of the company. He has served as Chairperson of the Board since November 2012. Mr. Kaplan is a Co-Founder of Ares Management, an affiliate of our principal stockholder, and a Director and Partner of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares Management's general partner. He is a Partner of Ares Management, Co-Head of its Private Equity Group and a member of its Management Committee. He additionally serves on several of the Investment Committees for the Ares private equity funds. Mr. Kaplan joined Ares Management in 2003 from Shelter Capital Partners, LLC, where he was a Senior Principal from June 2000 to April 2003. From 1991 through 2000, Mr. Kaplan was affiliated with, and a Senior Partner of, Apollo Management, L.P. and its affiliates, during which time he completed multiple private equity investments from origination through exit. Prior to Apollo Management, L.P., Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Investment Banking Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp., an investment banking and securities firm. Mr. Kaplan currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of the parent entity of The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, a luxury retailer, and as a member of the board of directors of ATD Corporation, a replacement tire distributor, and the parent entities of 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep-discount retailer, of Guitar Center, Inc., a musical instruments retailer, and Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., a hard surface flooring and related accessories retailer. Mr. Kaplan's previous public company board of directors experience includes Maidenform Brands, Inc., an intimate apparel retailer, where he served as the company's Chairman, GNC Holdings, Inc., a specialty retailer of health and wellness products, Dominick's Supermarkets, Inc., Mr. Kaplan graduated with High Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. concentrating in Finance.

David Hirz

Mr. David G. Hirz is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since January 2012, has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2012, and previously served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to January 2012. Additionally, Mr. Hirz has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2012. Prior to joining us in April 2010, Mr. Hirz was an executive with divisions of The Kroger Company, one of the world's largest supermarket operators, including President of Food4Less, a national warehouse grocery store chain of The Kroger Company, from 1999 to 2004 and from September 2007 to April 2010, and President of the Ralphs Grocery Company, the largest supermarket chain in Southern California, from March 2004 to September 2007. Previously, he held store and operations management positions with several retail grocery companies. Mr. Hirz is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.

Scott Drew

Mr. Scott R. Drew is Executive Vice President - Operations of the Company. Mr. Drew joined us in March 2010 and has served as Executive Vice President, Operations of our Smart & Final stores since March 2015. From December 2010 to March 2015, Mr. Drew served as Senior Vice President, Store Operations of our Smart & Final stores, and from March 2010 to December 2010, Mr. Drew served as Vice President and General Manager of a group of our stores. Prior to joining us, Mr. Drew served for 31 years in various store management positions with The Kroger Company, including as Vice President of Store Operations for Kroger's Indiana division.

Richard Phegley

Mr. Richard N. Phegley is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the company. Mr. Phegley joined us in September 1996 as Vice President and Treasurer and has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2001. Prior to joining us, Mr. Phegley served in senior treasury, strategic planning and financial management positions with Atlantic Richfield Company, an international oil and gas company. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of Humboldt State University. Mr. Phegley is an associate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Edward Wong

Mr. Edward Wong is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Wong was a Partner in the Global Business Services group of IBM, a leading provider of retail strategy and technology consulting services. He holds a Master's degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.

Leland Smith

Mr. Leland P. Smith is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the company. Mr. Smith has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Smith served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Douglas Emmett, Inc., a NYSE listed REIT, from 2012 to 2015. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Smith served in several senior positions, including as the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, for Guitar Center, Inc., a musical instruments retailer. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Smith served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Equity Marketing, Inc., a marketing services company. From 1994 to 1998, he was the Assistant General Counsel and Secretary for Mattel, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Smith was an associate in the corporate department of Riordan & McKinzie, a law firm. He holds a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a Juris Doctor and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Michael Mortensen

Mr. Michael A. Mortensen is Senior Vice President - Sales and Merchandising of the company. Mr. Mortensen joined us in July 2010 as our Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising of our Smart & Final stores. From 1994 to July 2010, Mr. Mortensen held a variety of positions including Vice President of Grocery with Food4Less, a national warehouse grocery store division of The Kroger Company. Previously, he held store management and procurement positions with a Food4Less predecessor company. Mr. Mortensen is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.

Jeffrey Whynot

Mr. Jeffrey D. Whynot is Senior Vice President - Human Resources of the company. Mr. Whynot joined us in January 2000 as our Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Previously, Mr. Whynot served as Vice President of Human Resources for Dames & Moore Group, an engineering consulting firm, and in various capacities including Vice President of Human Resources for Knott's Berry Farm, an entertainment company. He holds a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from University of San Francisco and is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.

Eleanor Hong

Ms. Eleanor E. Hong is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of the company. Ms. Hong joined us as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in February 2014. Prior to joining us, Ms. Hong served as Senior Vice President of marketing for Kohl's Corporation, a national department store retailer, from May 2011 to February 2014, as Vice President of Marketing for Toys "R" Us, a leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, and its Babies "R" Us division, from March 2007 to April 2011, and in marketing positions with Time Consumer Marketing, a publishing company. Ms. Hong holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and the London Business School, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Link

Mr. Richard A. Link is Chief Accounting Officer, Group Vice President, Controller of the company. Mr. Link joined us in October 2001 as Vice President and Controller and in December 2001 was designated as our Chief Accounting Officer. In January 2008 he was appointed Group Vice President. From September 1988 through February 2001, Mr. Link served in various positions, including chief financial officer and chief accounting officer, with Maxicare Health Plans, Inc., an operator of health maintenance organizations. Mr. Link previously served as a senior audit manager with Price Waterhouse & Co., a professional services firm now named PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Eugene Smith

Mr. Eugene M. Smith is Vice President, Treasurer of the company. Mr. Smith joined us in July 1996 and has served as our Vice President and Treasurer since March 2013. Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith served us in a variety of roles including Director of Financial Services and Director of Internal Audit. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Mr. Smith is an associate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Norman Axelrod

Mr. Norman H. Axelrod is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since March 2013. Beginning in 1988, Mr. Axelrod served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Linens 'n Things, Inc., a retailer of home textiles, housewares and decorative home accessories, was appointed as Chairman of its board of directors in 1997, and served in such capacities until its acquisition in February 2006. Mr. Axelrod is also the Chairman of the boards of directors of the parent entities of Guitar Center, Inc., a musical instruments retailer, and Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., a specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and related accessories, and serves on the boards of directors of the parent entities of 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep-discount retailer, Jaclyn, Inc., a handbags and apparel company, and The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, a luxury retailer. Mr. Axelrod has also previously served as the Chairman of the board of directors of GNC Holdings, Inc., a specialty retailer of health and wellness products, National Bedding Company LLC, a mattress and bedding product manufacturer, and Simmons Company, a mattress and bedding product manufacturer, and as a member of the board of directors of Reebok International Ltd., a leading worldwide designer and marketer of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment, and Maidenform Brands, Inc., an intimate apparel retailer. Mr. Axelrod has provided consulting services to certain Ares Management, L.P. ("Ares Management") entities. Mr. Axelrod received a B.S. in Management and Marketing from Lehigh University where he graduated summa cum laude and an M.B.A. from New York University. Mr. Axelrod's vast experience in the retail industry led to the conclusion that he should serve as a member of our board of directors.

Andrew Giancamilli

Mr. Andrew A. Giancamilli is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since March 2013. Mr. Giancamilli served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Katz Group Canada Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of the Katz Group of Companies, operators of over 1,800 traditional drug stores in Canada, from October 2003 to February 2012. Prior to joining Katz Group Canada, Mr. Giancamilli was with Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., a Canadian retail conglomerate, from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Giancamilli also held several positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer, at Kmart Corporation, a discount retailer, from 1995 to 2001. From 1993 to 1995 he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Perry Drug Stores, Inc., a U.S. based drug store chain. He began his career at Perry Drug Stores in 1975. Mr. Giancamilli currently serves as a director of the parent entity of 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep-discount retailer, and served as its Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2015 to September 2015. Mr. Giancamilli is currently a member of the Wayne State University School of Business Board of Visitors, and has also served as a member of the board of GS1 Canada, and as a member of the board of directors, and Chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Canadian Opera Company and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, and has served as a Trustee of the Detroit Opera House.

Dennis Gies

Mr. Dennis T. Gies is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since November 2012. Mr. Gies is a Principal in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management, an affiliate of our principal stockholder. Mr. Gies joined Ares Management in 2006 from UBS Investment Bank where he participated in the execution of a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations and debt and equity financings. Mr. Gies currently serves on the boards of directors of the parent entities of 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep-discount retailer, and Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc., a national defense information technology contractor. Mr. Gies also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Early Education. Mr. Gies graduated with a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and magna cum laude with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr. Gies brings to our board of directors financial expertise, as well as experience as a private equity investor evaluating and managing investments in companies across various industries.

Paul Hopkins

Mr. Paul N. Hopkins is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since September 2015. Mr. Hopkins was the Chairman of the board of directors of Farmers Group, Inc., an insurance and financial services provider, from January 2009 to June 2011, and served Farmers Group in a wide range of executive leadership roles, including Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 through December 2008. Mr. Hopkins also served as the President of US Personal Business of Zurich Financial Services, the parent company of Farmers Group Inc., and was a member of its Group Management Board, from December 2004 to April 2005, and of the Group Executive Committee from April 2005 until his retirement in June 2011. From January 2009 to June 2011, Mr. Hopkins served as Chairman of the Americas, responsible for governing all of Famers Group Inc.'s and Zurich Financial Services' operations in the Americas. In addition, from January 2006 to June 2011 he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Insurance Association. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Mr. Hopkins is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and the advanced executive education program of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Mr. Hopkins brings to our board of directors more than 35 years of experience, including significant expertise in marketing and risk management.

Elaine Rubin

Ms. Elaine Rubin is Independent Director of the company. Ms. Rubin is the founder and president of Digital Prophets Network, a consulting, advisory and executive placement firm, with a network of more than 150 certified digital and retail commerce experts. Elaine personally has more than 20 years of executive management and advisory experience in projecting, developing and managing ecommerce, digital, marketing, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses, ranging from leadership positions at 1800flowers.com, iVillage.com, amazon.com, and helping brands like Pier1 Imports and elf cosmetics develop their dotcom digital strategies. As a direct-to-consumer business and multichannel marketing pioneer with strategic and operational experience in retail, she is best known in the industry as the founder of Shop.org, the digital division of National Retail Federation (NRF). Ms. Rubin is actively engaged as a board member of Blue Nile (NILE;NASDAQ), a board member of Moosejaw Mountaineering (a private company dedicated to outdoor fun), an advisor to Hint Inc. (a private company dedicated to healthy beverage consumption), a member of the Shop.org Think Tank, and co-founder of Retreat & Disrupt (an invite only digital leader’s summit). Previously, Ms. Rubin served as founder, chairman and board member of Shop.org, board member and recipient of the Silver Plaque Award for service to NRF, and retail advisory board member for Hilco Global.

Joseph Tesoriero

Mr. Joseph S. Tesoriero is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since July 2014. Mr. Tesoriero is currently Chief Financial Officer of Barfresh Group, Inc., a beverage distributor, a role he has held since May 2015. Mr. Tesoriero was previously engaged as a financial advisor for Dole Asia Holding, Ltd. Pte, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, from April 2013 to October 2013. Prior to this consulting engagement, Mr. Tesoriero served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dole Food Company, Inc. ("Dole"), a producer, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and packaged food products, from February 2010 until April 2013, and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2004 until February 2010 and Vice President of Tax from September 2002 until August 2004. While serving as a principal financial officer at Dole, Mr. Tesoriero was responsible for overseeing the financial performance of Dole in preparing and evaluating its financial statements. Mr. Tesoriero holds a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University, a J.D. from New York Law School and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University. He has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1978. Mr. Tesoriero brings to the board of directors over 30 years of experience working for publicly held companies, including significant experience as a senior financial executive in the food industry, engaged in globally sourcing, manufacturing, distributing and marketing a wide variety of branded and private label fresh produce and grocery items.

Kenneth Tuchman

Mr. Kenneth I. Tuchman is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a member of the Board since September 2015. Mr. Tuchman is currently, and since April 2010 has been, the Vice-Chairman of the investment and corporate banking groups of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets, a bank and financial consultant. From June 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Tuchman served as Vice-Chairman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on investment banking in the consumer and retail sector. From March 1997 to June 2007, he was Chairman of Global Banking for the Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd. (Wasserstein Perella Group). Prior to Wasserstein, Mr. Tuchman spent more than 16 years at Lehman Brothers, a financial services firm, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global M&A Group. Mr. Tuchman also serves on the board of Gordmans Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMAN), a department store chain, and of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, and previously served on the board of directors of Parisian Department Stores and DeMoulas Market Basket Supermarkets, and as a member of the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Tuchman received a Bachelor's of Science in Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Magna Cum laude with highest Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma and holds MBA and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Greenebaum