Dennis G. Hatchell President and Chief Executive Officer
Dennis G. Hatchell joined as our President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2012, and as a Director in March, 2012. Prior to joining us, he was with Alex Lee, Inc., (“Alex Lee”), where he served as Vice Chairman since April 2011. Prior to becoming Vice Chairman, Mr. Hatchell served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alex Lee from December 1995 to April 2011, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic business plan and operating budgets and overseeing its three operating companies as well as carrying out the succession plan, supervision and training of senior leadership. Mr. Hatchell has also served as President of Lowes Food Stores, Inc., a division of Alex Lee, from 1989 to 1995 and Group Vice President of Merchandising and Store Operations from 1986 to 1989 for H. E. Butt Grocery Company in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, Mr. Hatchell served as President of Merchant Distributors, Inc., a division of Alex Lee from 1980 to 1986. He also served in several positions rising to Vice President, General Manager of Western Grocers (Super Valu) in Denver, Colorado from 1972 to 1980. Mr. Hatchell received a Bachelor degree from University of Colorado in 1971.
Terry L. McElroy joined our board in March 2006. Since his 2006 retirement, Mr. McElroy has been self-employed as an independent consultant. 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.
Wilfred A. Finnegan joined our Board in July 2006. 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. He later served 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. Mr. Finnegan attained a B.A. and M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Kathleen Guion joined our Board in May 2013. Ms. Guion most recently served as Division President of Store Operations 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. 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. After her time at 7-Eleven, Ms. Guion was President and Chief Operating Officer of E-Z Serve Corporation. Ms. Guion was an Operating Partner with Devon Partners from 1999 to 2000. 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. Ms. Guion is a 2013 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow.
Thomas W. Dickson joined our Board in March 2014. Mr. Dickson most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc., formerly Ruddick Corporation (“Harris Teeter”), which operates a regional chain of more than 200 supermarkets, primarily in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, from February 1997 until January 2014, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Harris Teeter from March 2006 until January 2014. In addition, Mr. Dickson served as President of Harris Teeter from February 1997 through March 2012, and before his election as President and Chief Executive Officer, he served as Executive Vice President of Harris Teeter from February 1996 to February 1997. Prior to that time, from February 1994 to February 1996, Mr. Dickson served as President of, and from February 1991 to February 1994 he served as Executive Vice President of, Harris Teeter’s former A&E subsidiary. Mr. Dickson attained a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Todd E. Diener joined our Board in March 2014. He served as an executive officer of Brinker International, Inc. (“Brinker”), from November 1981 to December 2009. At Brinker 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 Café restaurants in the United States and 24 other countries. Mr. Diener worked for Chili’s and its parent company, Brinker, for approximately 28 years, until December 2009 when he retired. Mr. Diener currently serves on the boards of Taco Mac Sports Grill in Atlanta, Rosa Mexicano in New York, Nairobi Java House in Nairobi, Kenya and Snappy Salads in Dallas. Mr. Diener is also an active member of the Dallas board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
James C. Pappas joined our Board in March 2014. He has served as the Managing Member of JCP Investment Management, LLC (“JCP Management”) and the sole member of JCP Investment Holdings, LLC (“JCP Holdings”), the investment manager and general partner, respectively, of certain entities whose principal business is investing in securities, since June 2009. Mr. Pappas also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Morgan’s Foods (OTC:MRFD), 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, since February 2012. Mr. Pappas is also the Chairman of the Compensation and Leadership Committee of Morgan’s Foods since January 2013. From July 2007 until May 2009, Mr. Pappas was a private investor. From June 2005 until June 2007, Mr. Pappas worked for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) (“Goldman Sachs”), a multinational investment banking and securities firm, in their Investment Banking / Leveraged Finance Division. As part of the Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Group, Mr. Pappas advised private equity groups and corporations on appropriate leveraged buyout, recapitalization and refinancing alternatives. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Pappas worked at Banc of America Securities, the investment banking arm of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), a multinational banking and financial services corporation, 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. Pappas received a BBA, and a Masters in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Joshua E. Schechter joined our Board in March 2014. He currently serves as Director of Aderans Co., Ltd. (“Aderans”), a multi-national company engaged in hair-related business, and is the Executive Chairman of Aderans America Holdings, Inc., Aderans’ holding company in the United States. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Schechter served as Managing Director of Steel Partners Ltd., a privately owned hedge fund sponsor, and its affiliates. Mr. Schechter has served as co-President of Steel Partners Japan Asset Management, LP, a private company offering investment services, since 2008. From 2005 until 2008, Mr. Schechter served on the Board of Directors of WHX Corporation (n/k/a Handy & Harman Ltd.) (NASDAQ: HNH), a diversified manufacturer of engineered niche industrial products with leading market positions in many of the markets it serves. Mr. Schechter was also a member of the Board of Directors of Puroflow, Inc. (n/k/a Argan, Inc.) (NYSE:AGX), a provider of a full range of power industry and telecommunications infrastructure services, from 2001 until 2003. Mr. Schechter earned an MPA in Professional Accounting, and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ross Pillari joined our Board in May 2014. He currently serves as an advisory board member on energy and utilities related projects of CVC Capital Partners, Inc., a leading global private equity and investment advisory firm. From 2011 to 2014, he served on the Board of Directors of ZeaChem, Inc., a private company that develops cellulose-based bio refineries for the conversion of renewable feed stocks into sustainable ethanol, fuels and chemicals. In 1972, Mr. Pillari began his career at Standard Oil of Ohio ("Sohio"). as a retail salesman after graduating from Case Western University. In 1984 he joined BP, which acquired a 55 percent share in Sohio in 1969, and then moved to London in 1987 when BP acquired the remainder of Sohio’s share, to head up the company’s significant refinery assets in the Antwerp/Rotterdam region. Ross returned to the U.S. in 1990 and the next 18 years with BP were split between Naperville, Illinois, London and Melbourne, Australia. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Pillari served as Chairman and CEO of BP America Inc. He remained an advisor to BP through December 2007. In addition to his role as the senior BP executive in the USA, he was also a Group Vice President, BP plc, and responsible for the Western Hemisphere Region of the BP Group. Over a 35 year career at BP and its predecessor organizations, Mr. Pillari served in a variety of posts Worldwide where his responsibilities included convenient store operations. These included Group Vice President of Global Marketing for the BP Group in London; Senior Vice President, Marketing and Oil Director- BP Oil USA; and Director of Marketing for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Pillari has been a member of the Board of Directors of The American Petroleum Institute and The Alliance to Save Energy, and a member of The Baker Institute Energy Forum.
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