Dean MetropoulosChairman and Director
Mr. Metropoulos has served as the Executive Chairman of certain subsidiaries of Hostess and member of the Hostess board since 2013. Mr. Metropoulos is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metropoulos & Co., a boutique acquisition and management firm focusing on the food and consumer sectors, and has over 30 years of experience in acquiring and restructuring businesses in the U.S., Mexico and Europe and has been involved in approximately 80 transactions, including investments in Pabst Brewing Company, Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc. (Swanson/Hungry-Man, Vlasic Pickles, Open Pit Barbeque Sauce, Duncan Hines, Log Cabin Syrup, Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast, Mrs. Paul’s Seafood, Van De Kamp’s Seafood, Celeste Pizza, & Lender’s Bagels), Aurora Foods, Stella Foods, The Morningstar Group, International Home Foods (Chef Boyardee, Pam Cooking Spray, Gulden’s Mustard & Bumble Bee Tuna), Ghirardelli Chocolates, Mumm and Perrier Jouet Champagnes and Hillsdown Holdings, PLC (Premier International Foods, Burtons Biscuits and Christie Tyler Furniture), among others. Mr. Metropoulos holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
Mr. Jhawar has served as a member of the Hostess Board and a member of the board of directors of AP Hostess Holdings since April 2013. Mr. Jhawar is a Senior Partner and Head of the Consumer & Retail Industry team in the private equity business of Apollo Management, L.P., having joined in February 2000. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Jhawar was an investment banker for five years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation and, prior to that, Jefferies & Company, where he focused primarily on the structuring, execution and negotiation of high yield debt and equity financing transactions. Mr. Jhawar currently is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Fresh Market, Inc. and he is also Chairman of the Board of Managers of The Stand, LLC. In addition, Mr. Jhawar previously sat on a number of private and public company boards including Smart & Final, Inc.; Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFM), including as Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2015; General Nutrition Centers, Inc. (NYSE: GNC); and Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQGS: RCII). Mr. Jhawar graduated with an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark R. StoneDirector
Mr. Stone is a Senior Managing Director and President, Operations of The Gores Group, a private equity firm, where he has worked since 2005. Mr. Stone is a member of the Investment Committee and a member of the Office of the Chairman of The Gores Group. He has been a senior team member with key responsibility in several turnaround value-oriented investment opportunities, including Stock Building Supply; United Road Services; and Sage Automotive Interiors. Mr. Stone has also been involved with the acquisition, successful carve-out and transformation of Lineage Power and VincoTech from Tyco Electronics; Therakos from Johnson & Johnson; and Sagem Communications from the Safran Group. He has served as Executive Chairman and/or CEO of several portfolio companies including Siemens Enterprise Communications and Enterasys Networks. Prior to joining The Gores Group in 2005, Mr. Stone spent nearly a decade as a Chief Executive transforming businesses across the services, industrial and technology sectors. Mr. Stone spent five years with The Boston Consulting Group as a member of their high technology and industrial goods practices and served in the firm’s Boston, London, Los Angeles and Seoul offices. Mr. Stone earned a B.S. in Finance with Computer Science and Mathematics concentrations from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Laurence Bodner Director
Mr. Bodner is a Senior Advisor at Advent International in its global retail, consumer and leisure team. Mr. Bodner served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods) from 2011 through 2015. He joined Del Monte Foods in 2003 and served the company for 12 years in increasing levels of responsibility across the Finance and Operations functions. Prior to Del Monte Foods, Mr. Bodner also held senior financial positions at Walt Disney Company as well as The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Bodner received his MBA in Finance from Duke University and BA in Economics from Dickinson College.
Neil P. DeFeoDirector
Mr. DeFeo is an active corporate advisor and board member. He retired in 2012 as Chairman and prior to that CEO of The Sun Products Company, a private $1.5 billion company he helped found in 2008. Prior to that he held Chairman/CEO positions with the NYSE listed Playtex Products Corporation (2004-2007) and The Remington Products Corporation (1997-2003). Mr. DeFeo began his career with The Procter and Gamble Company, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility over a 25 year career, leaving as VP/ Managing Director Worldwide Strategic Planning - Laundry and Cleaning. Following Procter and Gamble Mr. DeFeo became EVP - US Operations for the Clorox Company, with direct responsibility for all of its US business. Over a 40+ year career Mr. DeFeo has served on over 25 boards, both public and private, business and non- profit. He has been involved with over 50 different businesses and brands. Mr. DeFeo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, where he also served for 15 years as a director.
Jerry D. KaminskiDirector
Mr. Kaminski serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Land O’Lakes, Inc. International business, leading commercial business ventures outside of the United States. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kaminski was the executive vice president and group executive of Global Dairy Foods. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Mr. Kaminski served as a vice president and general manager at General Mills, where he held various leadership positions in the retail and business-to-business segments. Mr. Kaminski also served as president and chief operating office at Sparboe Foods. Mr. Kaminski holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Craig D. SteeneckDirector
Mr. Steeneck is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Foods Inc. since July 2007, where he oversees the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax and information technology. From June 2005 to July 2007, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Finance and IT of Pinnacle Foods, helping to redesign the supply chain to generate savings and improved financial performance. Prior to Pinnacle, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International, a subsidiary of Cendant and Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods Inc. Mr. Steeneck is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Steeneck has been a member of the board of directors of Freshpet, Inc. since November 2014.