Daniel M. Bendheim, Director and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy. Mr. Bendheim joined us in 1997. He was appointed Vice President of Business Development in 2001 and was later appointed President, Performance Products in 2004, and then Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy in March 2014. He was elected as a director of Phibro in November 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bendheim worked as an analyst at South Coast Capital, a boutique investment bank. Mr. Bendheim obtained a B.A. degree in political science with honors from Yeshiva University in 1993 and a J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School in 1996. 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 stock owned by BFI.
Larry L. Miller, Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Miller has served as our Chief Operating Officer since July 1, 2016. Mr. Miller joined us as President, Animal Health in May 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Miller was, from 2004 to 2008, Vice President of the Global Ruminant Business with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, which at that time was the largest animal health ruminant business in the world. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Miller was General Manager for Schering-Plough’s Australia and New Zealand Animal Health businesses, which included a diversified portfolio of animal health and nutrition products for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry and companion animals. Mr. Miller held numerous roles in sales and marketing management during his 17 years with Schering-Plough, and prior to that with American Cyanamid Animal Health and Nutrition. He holds a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska and an Executive MBA degree from the City University of New York. Mr. Miller is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Nebraska Foundation where he also serves on the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Richard G. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Johnson joined us in September 2002 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since then. Prior to joining us, Mr. Johnson served as Director of Financial Management for Laserdyne Prima, Inc., a manufacturer of laser cutting and welding systems, from 2001 to 2002 and as Vice President — Planning and Control, Latin America for Ecolab, Inc., a global provider of cleaning and sanitation products, systems and services, from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Johnson served in various senior financial positions at Ecolab over a fifteen year period. He was employed by Coopers & Lybrand from 1977 to 1985, in positions of increasing responsibility in the auditing practice.
Thomas G. Dagger, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Dagger joined us in his current role in November 2006. Prior to joining us, Mr. Dagger served as in-house legal counsel for AT&T Corp., a major communications company, from 1992 to 2006, where most recently he was Law Vice President and Vice President and General Counsel for AT&T’s Teleport Communications Group Inc. subsidiary. In this role, he was responsible for legal support for all of AT&T’s U.S. network operations, R&D (AT&T Labs), worldwide customer care and business local services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dagger was an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Mr. Dagger obtained his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Duke University, and his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.
Dean J. Warras, President, Animal Health & Nutrition, North America. Mr. Warras joined us in August 2005 as Vice President, Sales, for our subsidiary, Prince Agri Products. He was promoted to President, Animal Nutrition in June 2006. He served in that position until July 2016, when he was promoted into his current role. Prior to joining us, Mr. Warras spent his entire career with Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, in the animal nutrition business. From 2001 to 2005, he was District General Manager for the Sioux City, Iowa district, and from 1998 to 2001, he was General Manager for Hungary. From 1991 – 1998, he served in a number of roles throughout the United States and Latin America, including Plant Manager, Administrative Manager and Manager of the Global Product Services Department. Mr. Warras is a director of the American Feed Industry Association and the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Feed Education and Research. He holds a B.A. degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lisa A. Escudero, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Ms. Escudero joined us in her current role in March 2017. From 2016 to 2017, she was Vice President of Human Resources for the New York Genome Center, a nonprofit biomedical research organization, where she led the human resources function. Prior to joining NYGC, she led the HR function for American Standard Brands, a plumbing fixture manufacturer, from 2008 to 2016, where she was a member of the leadership team. From 1990 to 2008, Ms. Escudero was Director of Human Resources for Merck & Co., a leading global pharmaceutical company, where she supported the research and manufacturing divisions. Prior to her role at Merck, Ms. Escudero was a research scientist for the Agricultural Chemical Group of FMC Corporation, a chemical manufacturing company, from 1982 to 1990. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and an M.S. degree in Human Resources Management from the Rutgers University School of Management & Labor Relations.