Dennis G. Hatchell President and Chief Executive Officer
Dennis G. Hatchell joined us as President and Chief Executive Officer on March 5, 2012. Previously, Mr. Hatchell was with Alex Lee, Inc. from 1989 through February, 2012, where he served as Vice Chairman beginning in April 2011. Mr. Hatchell also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alex Lee from December 1995 to April 2011 and was President of Lowes Food Stores, Inc., a division of Alex Lee, from 1989 to 1995. Prior to Alex Lee, Mr. Hatchell served in various management roles with H.E. Butt Grocery Company, Merchant Distributors, Inc., a division of Alex Lee, and Super Valu.
Terry L. McElroy was named director in March 2006 and currently serves on both the Compensation and Organization Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee of our Board. He has also served on our Executive Committee, the duties and responsibilities of which are now encompassed by our new Finance and Investment Committee. Before his 2006 retirement, Mr. McElroy spent more than twenty-five years in multiple executive roles with McLane Company, Inc., a $34 billion supply chain services company that provides grocery and food service supply chain solutions for thousands of convenience stores, including for our company. For the last five years of his executive experience at McLane, he was President of McLane Grocery Distribution, which has provided him the background and experience of working with a board of directors and overseeing management in addition to his substantively valuable experience in a closely-related industry. We believe Mr. McElroy is well qualified to serve on our Board’s Compensation and Organization Committee and the Audit Committee. As a former President and Vice President of Distribution at McLane, Mr. McElroy was responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy, including how it related to compensation and benefits. Specifically, he served on the committee that developed the first formalized position description and salary framework for the company as a whole, and he later helped develop a formal succession planning process for senior positions that contributed to successful internal promotions for almost all open positions. During his tenure at McLane, Mr. McElroy also served on the committee that formalized the company’s beliefs and values and developed its first long-term strategic plan, and as President, he was responsible for developing and updating the strategic plan for that unit. Further, Mr. McElroy’s extensive high-level executive experience has routinely exposed him to financial analysis and oversight, preparing him for service on our Audit Committee, which monitors regulatory financial compliance and the independence and performance of internal and external auditors. We believe that Mr. McElroy’s broad executive experience, particularly as President and Vice President of a food service supply chain servicing convenience stores, qualifies him well to serve on our Board and on our CO and Audit Committees.
Mark D. Miles first joined our Board in January 2006 and currently serves on our Compensation and Organization Committee and our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Miles’ wide array of experience, both in terms of industry and position, give him a valuable perspective from which to contribute to our Board as it oversees our company’s dealings with multiple-industry vendors and the public. For instance, Mr. Miles is currently the Chairman of the Board of “Our 2012 Super Bowl,” the host committee of Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has held numerous other executive positions in the sports industry, including fifteen years as CEO of the ATP, the official international circuit of men’s professional tennis tournaments (1990 to 2005); President of the Organizing Committee of the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis; and President of the RCA Championships (formerly Indianapolis ATP tournament). We find that this exposure to major event planning has prepared Mr. Miles to offer substantive advice in the areas of marketing and negotiating with vendors, and it also provides experience in strategically responding to complex operational and financial challenges and overseeing an array of personnel, both of which are important Board and Committee functions. Mr. Miles was also Executive Director of Corporate Relations for Eli Lilly & Co., an international agricultural, medical instrument, and pharmaceutical company. Mr. Miles’ responsibilities at Eli Lilly included oversight of the company’s Washington, D.C. office and all of its federal and state governmental affairs, including all lobbying activities. Additionally, Mr. Miles has had experience managing political campaigns, including a mayoral campaign for the city of Indianapolis and several congressional candidate campaigns for both the Indiana and U.S. legislatures. Finally, in 2006, Mr. Miles became President and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., a not-for-profit organization of central Indiana CEOs and university presidents that seeks to foster growth and opportunity throughout the region. Not only do these positions further underscore Mr. Miles’ diversity of experience in high level executive positions, but we believe that they, and particularly the not-for-profit position, highlight his experience helping businesses plan and strive for growth and show him to be well-situated to strengthen and expand his (and therefore our) business network. We believe Mr. Miles’ diverse and long-ranging executive and operational experience well prepares and qualifies him to serve on our Board and its CO and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.
Wilfred A. Finnegan was elected to our Board in July 2006, is a member of our Audit Committee, and is Chairman of our Finance and Investment Committee. We believe Mr. Finnegan’s experience in the financial sector and his demonstrated past board performance make him a good fit for our Board and, in particular, our Audit and Finance and Investment Committees. Mr. Finnegan co-founded the high yield securities business at JPMorgan Chase (then Chemical Bank, and later Chase Manhattan) in 1993 and subsequently was promoted to the head of Global Leveraged Finance, where he accumulated substantial leadership and financial experience. His later positions as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm (2003-2005), more recently as Managing Director (2007-2008) of GoldenTree Asset Management, LP, and as an independent consultant since 2003 further enhance his executive experience and fiscal know-how. His committee experience at JPMorgan – as a member of the Management, Global Markets, and Market Risk committees there – provides additional experience in analyzing risk and performing financial strategic planning that we believe adds value to his participation on our Audit and Finance and Investment Committees. Finally, Mr. Finnegan attained a B.A. and M.B.A. from Dartmouth College, one of the nation’s top undergraduate and business institutions. We believe Mr. Finnegan’s significant executive, financial, and educational background qualifies him for service as a member of our Board, Chairman of our Finance and Investment Committee, and member of our Audit Committee, and also makes him a valuable addition to our team.
Kathleen Guion has been a member of our Board since May 2013 and currently serves as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Compensation and Organization Committee. We believe Ms. Guion is especially qualified for our Board because of her extensive experience in executive leadership roles in the retail industry.
Kathleen Guion most recently served as Division President of Store Operation and Development from 2005 until her retirement in 2012 from Dollar General Corporation. She led the retail field organization of store operations and store development with a team of 90,000 store employees, 100 directors and 14 Vice Presidents. Ms. Guion played a leading role in the company’s sales growth from $6.8 billion in 2003 to over $14 billion in 2011. At the same time she increased the number of stores from 6,500 to over 9, 900. She has overseen brand enhancement and successfully championed supply chain overhauls by implementing new store technologies and corporate-wide merchandising strategies. Those efforts led to double-digit comp store sales during the 2007-09 recession, more than $160 million in shrink savings, and a 40 percent reduction in staff turnover.
In 1979, Ms. Guion began her career with 7-Eleven Corporation (formerly known as Southland prior to 1999). Her most recent position was Vice President and General Manager from 1987 to 1997. She was a Senior Operating Manager with full P&L responsibility for the company’s largest and most profitable division of company-owned stores.
After her time at 7-Eleven, Ms. Guion was President and Chief Operating Officer of E-Z Serve Corporation. She was recruited to plan and direct the turnaround and return to profitability of this seven-state southeastern convenience store chain with revenues of $745 million. During her tenure, the company was repositioned for successful acquisition by EBC Investment Group, and was sold at a multiple of 11 times EBITDA.
Ms. Guion was an Operating Partner with Devon Partners from 1999 to 2000. As an Operating Partner she identified acquisition targets and developed detailed operational improvement plans that would provide returns to investors in excess of 40 percent.
More recently, she was appointed to the Board of True Value Company in July, 2012. True Value Company is one of the world's largest retailer-owned hardware cooperatives serving 54 countries with more than 5,000 stores.
We believe that Ms. Guion’s experience in the convenience and consumer retail industries makes her a valuable member of our Board and Finance and Investment Committee and Compensation and Organization Committee.
Mr. Dickson has been a member of our board since March 2014 and has been chairman of the board since April 2, 2014. Mr. Dickson most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Harris Teeter, a leading regional supermarket chain in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, from February 1997 up to the company's sale to The Kroger Co. in January 2014, and as Chairman of its Board of Directors from March 2006 to January 2014. Prior to serving as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Dickson served in various executive posts at Harris Teeter (formerly Ruddick Corporation) and its former subsidiary, the textile company American & Efird, Inc., and as a director of Harris Teeter from February 1997 to January 2014. If elected, he will bring to The Pantry nearly two decades of operational and management experience in the supermarket industry, including more than 15 years as a public company director, and possesses broad supermarket and real estate knowledge, particularly in The Pantry's core geographies.
Mr. Diener was an executive officer of Brinker International, Inc. ("Brinker") where he most recently served as the President of Chili's Grill & Bar ("Chili's") and On the Border restaurants. In his role as President of Chili's, Mr. Diener led all aspects of the brand, including finance, P&L, marketing, operations, real estate, human resources and franchising. Prior to his role as President of Chili's and On the Border, Mr. Diener served in the roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brinker, where he was responsible for more than 1,500 restaurants. Mr. Diener oversaw company-owned and franchised operations for On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano's and Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants in the United States and 24 other countries.
Mr. Pappas has been a member of our board since March 2014. Mr. Pappas is Managing Member of JCP Investment Management, LLC. Mr. Pappas is the Chairman of the Board of Morgan's Foods, a public company that operates through wholly-owned subsidiaries KFC restaurants under franchises from KFC Corporation, Taco Bell restaurants under franchises from Taco Bell Corporation and Pizza Hut Express restaurants under licenses from Pizza Hut Corporation. Previously, Mr. Pappas was with the Investment Banking / Leveraged Finance Division of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he advised private equity groups and corporations on appropriate leveraged buyout, recapitalization and refinancing alternatives, and prior to that with Banc of America Securities, where he focused on Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, providing advice on a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings and buyside engagements.
Mr. Schechter is director of Aderans Co., Ltd., a multi-national company engaged in hair-related business, and Executive Chairman of Aderans America Holdings, Inc. Mr. Schechter is a former Managing Director of Steel Partners Ltd., a privately owned hedge fund sponsor and co-President of Steel Partners Japan Asset Management, LP, a private company offering investment services. Mr. Schechter served on the Board of Directors of WHX Corporation (n/k/a Handy & Harman Ltd.), a diversified manufacturer of engineered niche industrial products with leading market positions in many of the markets it serves and the Board of Directors of Puroflow, Inc. (n/k/a Argan, Inc.), a provider of a full range of power industry and telecommunications infrastructure services.
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