Board of Directors

Charles A. Norris, Chairman of the Board

Charles A. Norris has been a member of our Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board since October 2006. Mr. Norris serves as a member of the board of directors of Primo Water and previously served as the Chairman of Glacier Water Services Inc. from 2001 to 2016. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Advanced Engineering Management and MP Holdco LLC, and was Chairman of the Board of Day Runner from September 2001 to November 2003, when it was sold. 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. Mr. Norris remained with Clorox through 1989 following their acquisition of Deer Park. From 1973 to 1985, Mr. Norris 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.

J. David Basto, Director

J. David Basto has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2010. Mr. Basto is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, which he joined in 2015. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, Mr. Basto was Founding Partner of Broad Sky Partners, from its formation in 2013 to 2015. Prior to co-founding Broad Sky Partners, Mr. Basto worked for MidOcean Partners from its inception in 2003 through 2013, most recently as Managing Director and co-head of MidOcean Partner’s consumer sector investing team. Prior to MidOcean Partners, Mr. Basto worked for DB Capital Partners and its predecessor BT Capital Partners from 1998 through 2003. Previously, Mr. Basto held positions with Juno Partners and Tucker Anthony Inc. Mr. Basto currently serves on the board of directors of the parent entities of Weiman Products, Apex Parks Group and Artic Glacier, Inc. Mr. Basto provides the Board of Directors with expertise in analyzing financial issues and insights into the consumer sector.

Daryl G. Brewster, Director

Daryl G. 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 CECP, a coalition of chief executive officers from over 200 large cap companies focused on driving sustainable business and connecting chief executive officers and leading investors. Since 2008, Mr. Brewster has also been the founder and chief executive officer of Brookside Management, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provides C-level consulting and support to consumer companies and service providers to the industry. Between 2009 and 2013, Mr. Brewster was a Management Advisor to MidOcean Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Brewster served as the Chief Executive Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. from March 2006 through January 2008. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Brewster was a senior executive at Nabisco, Inc. and 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, Mr. Brewster served as Managing Director, Campbell’s Grocery Products Ltd.—UK; Vice-President, Campbell’s Global Strategy, and Business Director, Campbell’s U.S. Soup. Mr. Brewster 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. Mr. Brewster 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 S. Coben, Ph.D., Director

Lawrence S. Coben, Ph.D. has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Dr. Coben has served as Chairman of the Board of NRG Energy since February 2017, and has been a director of NRG since December 2003. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tremisis Energy Corporation LLC from 2003 to December 2017. Dr. Coben was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tremisis Energy Acquisition Corporation II, a publicly held company, 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, Dr. Coben was an independent consultant. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Coben was Chief Executive Officer of Bolivian Power Company. Dr. Coben served on the advisory board of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure II, L.P. from September 2014 through December 2016. Dr. Coben is also Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Coben provides the Board of Directors with significant managerial, strategic, and financial expertise, particularly as it relates to company financings, transactions and development initiatives.

William Cyr, Director

William B. Cyr has been a member of our Board of Directors and our Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. Before assuming his role at Freshpet, Mr. Cyr, 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. Mr. Cyr serves as a Board and Executive Committee Member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a position he has held since 2002. Additionally, during his time as President and Chief Executive Officer of SDBC he was a member of the Board of Directors of American Beverage Association from 2007 until 2016 and on the Executive Committee from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Cyr holds an A.B. from Princeton University. Mr. Cyr provides the Board of Directors with knowledge of the daily affairs of the Company, expertise in the consumer products industry and extensive experience in corporate leadership.

Walter N. George, Director

Walter N. George III has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. George 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. Mr. George 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. Mr. George served as Chief Operating Officer at American Italian Pasta Company from 2008 to 2010. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. George 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, Mr. George 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. Mr. George is President and serves on the board of Old World Spice and Seasoning Company, and serves on the board of directors of Vision Bank. Mr. George provides the Board of Directors with operations expertise, consumer products and pet food industry expertise and public company experience.

Jacki Kelley, Director

Jacki S. Kelley has been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2019. Ms. Kelley has over 25 years of executive and senior leadership experience in the media and digital industries. She currently serves as President and Chief Client Officer at Dentsu, Inc., a role she has held since April 2019. Prior to her current role, Ms. Kelley spent five years at Bloomberg, first joining as Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media in 2014 and then moving to Bloomberg LP in 2017 after being appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Bloomberg, Ms. Kelley was the CEO, North America, and President of Global Clients for IPG Mediabrands as well as Global CEO, Universal McCann. She was also a Vice President, Worldwide Strategy & Solutions, at Yahoo! and worked with USA Today for 18 years, leaving the company as a Senior Vice President. Ms. Kelley also serves on the board of directors of Comic Relief USA.

Robert C. King, Director

Robert C. King 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. Mr. King 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, Mr. King 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. . Mr. King currently serves on the board of directors of Arctic Glacier, One Madison Corp and EXAL Corporation and is non-executive chairman of the board of Gehl Foods. Mr. King previously served as a board member and advisor to Cytosport, Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Co., Inc. and Neurobrands, LLC. Mr. King provides the Board of Directors with corporate leadership, public company experience, operations expertise and more than 30 years of consumer-packaged goods experience.

Jonathan S. Marlow, Director

Jonathan S. Marlow has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2010. Mr. Marlow is a Managing Director at MidOcean Partners, and has been with the firm since 2009, where he has focused on investments within the consumer sector. Prior to MidOcean Partners, Mr. Marlow worked for Investcorp International Inc. in the private equity group from 2006 through 2008. Previously, Mr. Marlow held positions at J.F. Lehman & Company and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Marlow currently serves on the board of directors of Image Skincare, Hunter Fan, Florida Food Products and BH Cosmetics. Mr. Marlow provides the Board of Directors with expertise in investment strategies and insight into the consumer sector.

Leta D. Priest, Director

Leta D. Priest has been a member of our Board of Directors since September 2018. Ms. Priest has over 30 years of executive and senior leadership experience in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. She was a key leader in food for Walmart from May 2003 to November 2015 during Walmart’s expansion of grocery, including having served as Senior Vice President and General Merchandising Manager, Fresh Food from 2009 to 2015. Ms. Priest also served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager in other key areas of food for Walmart from January 2007 through 2015. She began her career with Walmart as Vice President of Food Development. She joined Walmart from Safeway, where she served as Vice President Corporate Brands, North America from January 1998 to April 2003. Prior to her time at Safeway, Ms. Priest had 11 years of consumer products experience in senior leadership roles across brand management and product development with The Torbitt & Castleman Company and Dole Food Company. Since April 2018, Ms. Priest has served as a director on the board of Milo’s Tea Company. In 2017, she completed seven years of service as a director on the Board of Feeding America and she currently serves as a director on the board for the National Council on Aging.

Craig D. Steeneck, Director

Craig D. Steeneck has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. Steeneck served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Foods Inc. from July 2007 to January 2019, where he oversaw the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax, investor relations and corporate development and information technology. From June 2005 to July 2007, Mr. Steeneck 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. Pinnacle Foods was acquired by Conagra Brands in October 2018. From April 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide Corporation), playing key roles in wide-scale organization of internal processes and staff management. From March 2001 to April 2003, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International, a subsidiary of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide Corporation). From October 1999 to February 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods Inc. Mr. Steeneck has served as a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hostess Brands, Inc. since November 2016 and as lead independent director since January 2019. Mr. Steeneck has served as a board member of Collier Creek Holdings since November 2018, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Steeneck provides the Board of Directors with extensive management experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry as well as accounting and financial expertise.