Jack C. Bendheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bendheim served as our President since 1988 and he was also appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He has been a Director since 1984. Mr. Bendheim also serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Bendheim joined us in 1969 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2002, as Chief Operating Officer from 1988 to 1998, as Executive Vice President and Treasurer from 1983 to 1988 and as Vice President and Treasurer from 1975 to 1983. Mr. Bendheim is also a director of Empire Resources, Inc., a metals trading company in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where he also serves as a member of the compensation and audit committees. Mr. Bendheim is a past Chairman of the Animal Health Institute, an industry organization advocating for animal health issues, including efficient and effective FDA, USDA and EPA regulatory and approval processes. Mr. Bendheim, together with three of his adult children, is a manager of BFI Co., LLC (“BFI”), an investment vehicle of the Bendheim family, with respect to the economic rights pertaining to shares of our Class B common stock owned by BFI. Mr. Bendheim is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his almost 45 years of experience in the animal health industry and with our Company in particular and his control over a majority of the voting rights in our common stock.
Gerald K. Carlson, Director. Mr. Carlson retired as our Chief Operating Officer in July 2016, a position he held since March 2014. Mr. Carlson was our Chief Executive Officer from May 2002, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in March 2014. He has been a Director since 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Carlson served as the Commissioner of Trade and Development for the State of Minnesota from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Carlson served as Senior Vice President—Corporate Planning and Development prior to his retirement in 1998 from Ecolab Inc., a global provider of cleaning and sanitation products, systems and services. During his thirty-two year career at Ecolab, Mr. Carlson also served as Senior Vice President of International as well as Senior Vice President and General Manager—Institutional North America. Mr. Carlson is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his broad experience and track record in leading and building businesses, and his strong background in corporate strategy and business development.
Daniel M. Bendheim, Director and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy. Mr. Bendheim was appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy in March 2014 and has been a director since 2013. Mr. Bendheim joined us in 1997 and served as President, Performance Products from 2004 to 2014 and as Vice President of Business Development from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bendheim worked as an analyst at South Coast Capital, a boutique investment bank. He obtained a J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School in 1996 and a B.A. degree in political science with honors from Yeshiva University in 1993. Mr. Bendheim is a son of Jack C. Bendheim and, together with certain other family members, is a manager of BFI Co., LLC (“BFI”), an investment vehicle of the Bendheim family, with respect to certain economic rights pertaining to shares of our Class B common stock owned by BFI. Mr. Bendheim is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive management experience in all facets of the animal health and mineral nutrition and performance products businesses during his tenure with the Company and his management role within BFI.
E. Thomas Corcoran, Director. Mr. Corcoran has been a Director since May 2008. Mr. Corcoran also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Corcoran joined Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, Inc. in 1985. Wyeth was a research based corporation with businesses focused on human health and animal health. Mr. Corcoran served on the Management, the Operations, the Legal, and the Human Resources and Benefits committees of Wyeth until his retirement in March 2008. Mr. Corcoran also served as the Chairman of the Animal Health Institute, an industry organization advocating for animal health issues, including efficient and effective FDA, USDA and EPA regulatory and approval processes. Mr. Corcoran serves on the Board of Directors of Putney, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of the University of South Alabama. Mr. Corcoran is also the recipient of the Animal Pharm Lifetime Achievement Award, the Banfield Industry Leadership Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Veterinary Distributors Association and the Industry Leadership Award from the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. Mr. Corcoran is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Alabama. Mr. Corcoran is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience and executive leadership in the animal health industry.
Sam Gejdenson, Director. Mr. Gejdenson has been a Director since January 2004. Mr. Gejdenson also serves as a member of the Audit Committee and as Chairman of Compensation Committee. Since 2001, Mr. Gejdenson has been involved in international trade through his own company, Sam Gejdenson International, where he has worked with various multi-national clients on projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Mr. Gejdenson also presently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute and as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. From 1981 to 2001, Sam Gejdenson served eastern Connecticut as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was the senior Democrat on the House International Relations Committee. In 1974, he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives, serving two terms. He received an A.S. degree from Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut in 1968 and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in 1970. Mr. Gejdenson is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his understanding of our business from his service on our Board and his extensive knowledge of global business and governments around the world.
Mary Lou Malanoski, Director. Ms. Malanoski has been a Director since May 2004. Ms. Malanoski currently serves as Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Group, Inc., an investment bank focused on the mid-market, which she joined in July 2001 as a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Malanoski became Co-Head of Investment Banking in 2008, and served as Head of Investment Banking from March 2009 through March 2012, prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Malanoski has also served on the Board of Directors of Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Group, Inc. since the Spring of 2008. From 1994 until 2001, Ms. Malanoski served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of New Street Advisors LP, a private equity firm that she co-founded. Prior to 1994, Ms. Malanoski was a Managing Director at New Street Capital, the successor to the reorganized Drexel Burnham Lambert, where she began her career in the Corporate Finance Department. In addition to her understanding of our business from her service on our Board of Directors, Ms. Malanoski brings to our Board substantial management, finance and investment banking experience.
Carol A. Wrenn, Director. Ms. Wrenn has been a Director since July 2010. Ms. Wrenn also serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. She has been the President and founder of Sky River Helicopters, LLC, a company which provides helicopter charters, tours, commercial services and lessons, since January 2010. She previously served as an Executive Vice President and the President of the Animal Health Division at Alpharma Inc., a human and animal pharmaceutical company, from November 2001 to June 2009. From April 2007 to April 2009, Ms. Wrenn also held the position of Chairman of the Animal Health Institute, an industry organization advocating for animal health issues, including efficient and effective FDA, USDA and EPA regulatory and approval processes. From January 2002 to June 2009, she was an active member of the board of directors of the International Federation of Animal Health. Prior to joining Alpharma, Ms. Wrenn held various executive positions at Honeywell International Inc. (formerly, AlliedSignal Inc.) from 1984 to 2001. She served as Business Director of Honeywell's Refrigerants, Fluorine Products Division from 2000 to 2001 and was the Commercial Director and Managing Director of Honeywell's European Fluorochemical operations based in Haasrode, Belgium from 1997 to 2000. Ms. Wrenn also held a number of positions in sales, marketing, business development and finance during her tenure with AlliedSignal. Ms. Wrenn has served as a Director of Heska Corporation since January 2013. She holds an MBA from Lehigh University and a Bachelor's Degree from Union College. Ms. Wrenn is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to her relevant industry experience, strategic and problem-solving skills, and strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
Dr. George Gunn, Director. Dr. Gunn has been a director since May 2015. Dr. Gunn also serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. After joining Novartis AG in 2003, Dr. Gunn served as the head of Novartis’s Animal Health Business Unit from 2004 until 2015, when the business was sold. Dr. Gunn served on Novartis’s Executive Committee from 2008 to 2014. In addition to these roles, Dr. Gunn served in various positions at Novartis including head of Animal Health, North America from 2003 to 2004, division head, Novartis Consumer Health from 2008 to 2011, and head of Corporate Social Responsibility from 2011 to 2014. Before his time at Novartis, Dr. Gunn was global head of Animal Health at Pharmacia Corporation from 2000 to 2003 and served in various leadership roles in animal health, over-the-counter medicines, human pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals at Johnson & Johnson from 1985 to 2000. Prior to this, Dr. Gunn worked in a technical advisory role for Wellcome Animal Health/Coopers Animal Health. Before joining industry, Dr. Gunn spent nine years as a veterinarian, first as a practicing veterinarian working with companion and farm animals and then as a veterinary adviser for the British Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Gunn is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, and in 2008 Dr. Gunn received an honorary doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Gunn holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary State Medicine, both from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Gunn serves on the Boards of Directors of Animalcare Group plc and Nexvet Biopharma plc, both of which are animal health companies that concentrate on companion animals. Dr. Gunn is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his substantial management experience, executive leadership and deep knowledge and understanding of the animal health industry.
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