Management

William Cyr, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Richard Kassar, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Kassar 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. Mr. Kassar 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, Mr. Kassar was employed by Chock Full O’ Nuts in various positions and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Controller. Mr. Kassar has been a director of World Fuel Services Corporation since 2002. Mr. Kassar has over 30 years’ experience in the consumer brands industry.

Scott Morris, President, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Scott Morris is a co-founder of Freshpet and has served as our Chief Operating Officer since July 2015 and President since March 2016. Mr. Morris served as our Chief Marketing Officer from January 2014 to July 2015 and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Morris is involved in all aspects of Company development and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Freshpet, Mr. Morris was Vice President of Marketing at The Meow Mix Company from 2002 to 2006. Previously, Mr. Morris worked at Ralston Purina from 1990 to 2002, holding various leadership positions in Sales and Marketing, most recently Pet Food Group Director. Mr. Morris also works as an advisor and investor in several small startup consumer packaged goods companies with strong social missions and a focus to improve food and the world.

Stephen Weise, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Stephen Weise joined Freshpet in July of 2015 as the EVP of Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Mr. Weise has over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of consumer products. Prior to joining Freshpet, from June 2013 to July 2015, Mr. Weise was an Account Manager at TBM Consulting, a consulting firm that specialized in operational excellence and lean manufacturing. From 2003 to February 2013, Mr. Weise held the role of COO at the Arthur Wells Group, a 3PL specializing in consumer products and temperature-controlled distribution. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2003, he served as the SVP of Operations for the B. Manischewitz Company, a specialty food manufacturer. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Chief Operating Officer at the Eight in One Pet Products Company, from 1995 to 2000 as VP of Manufacturing at Chock Full O’ Nuts, and from 1986 to 1995 in various positions at Kraft Foods.

Thomas Farina, Senior Vice President of Sales

Thomas Farina has served as Senior Vice President of Sales since January 2013 and as our Eastern Region Vice President from 2006 to 2013. Before joining Freshpet, Mr. Farina worked as Eastern Region Vice President at The Meow Mix Company from 2001 to 2006. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Farina held various positions with American Home Food Products and after its sale, he worked in various positions at International Home Foods from 1996 to 2000, including Regional Vice President. Mr. Farina has over 25 years’ experience in consumer packaged goods.

Michael Hieger, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations

Michael Hieger has served as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations since January 2014. Mr. Hieger was Vice President of Manufacturing Operations from 2007 to 2013. In addition to plant-wide day-to-day activities, he is involved in new product development and co-manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Freshpet, Mr. Hieger focused on dry pet food extrusion as the Engineering Manager with The Meow Mix Company from 2002 to 2006 and as the Pet Treats Manager with Ralston Purina from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Hieger has over 18 years’ experience in pet food manufacturing.

Stephen Macchiaverna, Senior Vice President, Controller and Secretary

Stephen 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 30 years’ experience in consumer-packaged goods financial management.

Cathal Walsh, Senior Vice President of Cooler Operations

Cathal Walsh is a co-founder of Freshpet and has served as Senior Vice President of Cooler Operations since January 2011 and previously served as our Chief Operating Officer from October 2006 to January 2011. Prior to joining Freshpet, Mr. Walsh was Zone Marketing Manager at Nestlé Worldwide from 2000 to 2005 and was Marketing Manager at Nestlé Pet Care from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Walsh has over 20 years’ experience in packaged goods marketing, sales and management, including in international food markets.

Lisa Barrette, Vice President of Business Development

Ms. Lisa Barrette has served as Vice President of Business Development since July 2015. Ms. Barrette has over 15 years of experience in business management and marketing. Prior to this position, she 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 held senior marketing positions at Post Holdings, Inc. and Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Christopher Taranto, Vice President of Procurement and Planning

Mr. Christopher Taranto has served as Vice President of Procurement and Planning since July 2015. 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 Director of Supplier Management, Global Operations, at Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Taranto has over 23 years of experience in procurement, planning, and supply chain management.

John Speranza, Vice President of Marketing

Mr. John Speranza has served as Vice President of Marketing since May 2016. Mr. Speranza has over +14 years of experience in marketing and brand management for both emerging brands and for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Freshpet, John most recently served as North America Marketing Director for Colgate-Palmolive’s Oral Care business where he successfully lead annual business plans culminating in taking dollar share leadership in the highly competitive US toothpaste category. Mr. Speranza has held Senior Marketing & Sales positions across multiple FMCG categories at both Colgate-Palmolive and Nestle USA.