Our Purpose

At Pinnacle Foods we aim to make an impact. Through innovation, inspiration and renovation we create value and strive to make a difference.

Our History

Pinnacle's portfolio of iconic brands has touched the lives of consumers for more than 150 years.

Our Leadership

Pinnacle Foods is a great place to find leaders with extensive food industry experience dedicated to our purpose of unleashing brand potential and driving strong business results.

Awards & Accolades

We take great pride in our success. Here are some of the awards we've received in recent years.


Responsibility

We are committed to doing business in a way that reflects our shared values, making a difference in our communities and reducing our environmental footprint.

Our Purpose

Unleashing Brand Potential

At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.

The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.

Trailblazers at the Table

Our "Leadership Brands" have great potential for growth and innovation. These brands constantly inspire our imagination and ingenuity, and we take immense pride in debuting category breakthroughs to customers and consumers. From inventing more convenient cooking processes like Birds Eye® Steamfresh technology to new customized taste options such as Duncan Hines® frosting creations proprietary custom frosting flavor system, we strive to be first to the table with new and better ways to serve the foods families love.

Outside the kitchen, we delight our consumers with high-impact marketing that celebrates our Leadership Brands' robust vitality. We are laser-focused on cultural and communication trends, and speak to consumers with brand messaging that is fresh, relevant, and engaging. In 2012, Birds Eye® partnered with Nickelodeon's hit live-action series iCarly on a news-making multimedia campaign, "iCarly iCook with Birds Eye." The interactive contest called directly on kids to create and submit their own playful, silly, and delicious veggie recipes, fundamentally changing the conversation about vegetables.

Renovating Favorites

While fueling our leadership brands, we continuously improve upon and renovate our stalwart "Foundation Brands," including Hungry-Man®, Aunt Jemima® Frozen Breakfast, Celeste®, Open Pit®, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness®, Lender's® and many others. To us, this means adding even more value to the foods that families already know and trust. We're proud to offer Lender's® Healthy Grain bagels which are high in dietary fiber and a great source of protein, and Aunt Jemima® frozen pancakes and waffles made with real ingredients like eggs, milk and flour and no preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. It goes without saying that we're always raising the bar in taste. Our new Open Pit® Barbeque Sauce flavors Brown Sugar & Bourbon, Apple Whiskey, and Sweet Spiced Rum hit shelves in 2012.

Operational Excellence

Behind the scenes is Pinnacle Foods' lean and nimble organizational structure built on visionary leadership and operational excellence. Under the direction of our experienced, hands-on management team and board of directors, we strive to improve the efficiency of our supply chain and expand our gross margin, while continuing to grow our existing brand portfolio and skillfully integrate value-enhancing acquisitions.

At Pinnacle Foods we are creating our future through our innovative R&D, inspired marketing, passionate employees, and close ties to our customers and consumers. We've got a lot cooking, and we can't wait to show you what's next.

Our History

Pinnacle's portfolio of iconic brands has touched the lives of consumers for more than 150 years. The admirable stories of the innovators behind each brand inspire us to continually renovate and innovate our products to keep them in sync with the needs of today's consumers. Here's how our great brands got their start.

The 1800s

After walking across the country in 1852 during the California Gold Rush, Philip Danforth Armour saved enough money to form Armour and Company in 1867. As the first company to produce canned meat, Armour became Chicago's most important business and helped make the city and its stockyards the center of the American meatpacking industry. Today, our Armour Star® brand offers a variety of delicious products that are the perfect choice to enjoy on the run.

Two decades later, Minnesota grocer Patrick J. Towle introduced Log Cabin® syrup in 1887. The syrup was named for President Lincoln's boyhood home. Today, Log Cabin® syrups are available in original, light, and sugar-free — all with no High Fructose Corn Syrup.

What goes better with maple syrup than pancakes? Faced with a surplus amount of flour, the Pearl Milling Company created Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1889 — America's first ready pancake mix. Today, Aunt Jemima® frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast are made with love, not preservatives, and are a favorite for families who want to serve a warm, wholesome breakfast just like they'd make at home.

Duncan Hines Adventures in Good Eating

Early to mid 1900s

In 1915, Theodore J. Van de Kamp and his family opened a small Los Angeles potato-chip stand that soon expanded to a chain of restaurants featuring baked goods and their trademark batter-fried halibut. The small business soon changed its focus to producing frozen foods, specializing in the Van de Kamp's® seafood America loves today.

Across the country in a small Pennsylvania town, another family started a legendary business from potato chips. The Snyder family started cooking kettle chips in their home kitchen in Hanover, Pennsylvania in the 1920s, marking the introduction of the Snyder® of Berlin brand.

Innovator Clarence Birdseye invented the "Quick Freeze Machine" in 1926, based on the principles of flash freezing he learned while traveling through the Arctic. Originally put to use on fish, it soon revolutionized the way Americans enjoyed fresh vegetables with the introduction of the Birds Eye® frozen vegetable brand.

Breakfast foods continued to evolve as Harry Lender founded Lender's Bagels in New Haven, Connecticut in 1927. What started as a 6-person family business grew into a national success story when Lender's® introduced frozen bagels. Lender's® became the first packaged bagels sold in supermarkets, introducing the round, doughy "Jewish English Muffin" to a vast new audience.

"Mama Celeste" Lizio, an immigrant from Southern Italy, first began making pizzas in her Chicago pizzeria in the 1930s. Her pies were so popular she soon closed the restaurant to begin selling pizzas and pizza ingredients directly to pizzerias. Today, Celeste® Pizzas continue to provide pizzeria-fresh taste at an affordable price.

Joe Vlasic began production of the first glass-packed, shelf-stable pickles in 1942. Over the next 20 years, Joe and his son Bob grew Vlasic® Pickles into the number one pickle in America, a position we still hold today.

Duncan Hines, already a well-known food author and restaurant critic, put his name to a line of cake mixes and other packaged foods in 1948. Today, Duncan Hines® products are one of America's leading brands of cake mixes, ready-to-serve frostings, and other baking mixes, including the #1 selling cake mix in the country, Classic Yellow Moist Deluxe Cake Mix.

Upon his return from World War II, Phillip Sollomi opened a restaurant in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and named it "The Wish-Bone" after his signature chicken dish. To his surprise, it was the fragrant Italian salad dressing made from his Sicilian family recipe that became famous. Now, Wish-Bone® is the number one Italian dressing nationwide.

Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup

Mid 1900s

In 1953, Open Pit® Barbecue Sauce was created in Detroit as a classic tangy BBQ sauce to liven up family meals. Over the past few decades, Open Pit® has expanded throughout the Midwest and become a family favorite for backyard BBQs.

Mrs. Butterworth's® syrup launched in 1961 to a national audience in the distinctive motherly-shaped bottle American kids have grown up with for generations. The talking Mrs. Butterworth's® bottle was named one of the most beloved American spokespeople by Forbes, and her syrup is a family favorite, known for its distinct thick, rich, buttery taste.

1970s-Present

Hungry-Man® Frozen Dinners were introduced in 1973, with larger, heartier portion sizes specifically targeted toward the hungry male consumer.

In 1986, Tim Kennedy and his family began Tim's® Cascade Style Potato Chips in a 15,000 square foot facility in Auburn, Washington. The brand was named "the best potato chip in Seattle" two short years later.

Birds Eye® Voila!® was introduced in 1998, creating an entirely new bagged meal option in the frozen food aisle. The many varieties of meals in a bag allow consumers to serve a complete home cooked meal in minutes.

In 2006, Birds Eye® became the first brand to introduce steam-in-the bag technology with the launch of the Birds Eye® Steamfresh® brand. Steamfresh® offers convenience that is perfect for kids' cooking, with no knives or hot stoves required.

Our Leadership

Pinnacle Foods Management Team
  • Mark A. Clouse
    Mark A. Clouse, Chief Executive Officer
    Mark A. Clouse was named Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board in May 2016. Mr. Clouse joined Pinnacle from Mondelez International, Inc. where he most recently held the role MORE »
    Mark A. Clouse, Chief Executive Officer

    Mark A. Clouse was named Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board in May 2016. Mr. Clouse joined Pinnacle from Mondelez International, Inc. where he most recently held the role of Chief Commercial Officer.  Before becoming Chief Commercial Officer, he worked as Chief Growth Officer for Mondelez , where he was responsible for the company’s growth strategy and oversaw key areas such as corporate strategy, global marketing, global sales, and research, development and quality. Throughout his 20-year tenure at Kraft Foods Inc., including the subsequent spin-off of Mondelez, Mr. Clouse served in a range of leadership positions involving iconic food brands and entrepreneurial global businesses in emerging markets such as Brazil and China.

    Prior to joining Kraft Foods Inc., Mr. Clouse served in the United States Army as a pilot and completed his service as a Captain.

    Mr. Clouse is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

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  • Craig Steeneck
    Craig Steeneck, Chief Financial Officer
    Craig Steeneck was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2007.  Mr. Steeneck oversees our financial operations, treasury, tax and information MORE »
    Craig Steeneck, Chief Financial Officer

    Craig Steeneck was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2007.  Mr. Steeneck oversees our 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, where he helped redesign the supply chain to generate savings and improved financial performance.

    From April 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group (now Wyndham Worldwide), playing key roles in wide-scale organization of internal processes and staff management.  From March 2001 to April 2003, Mr. Steeneck served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resorts Condominiums International, a subsidiary of Cendant.  From October 1999 to February 2001, he was the Chief Financial Officer of International Home Foods Inc.

    Mr. Steeneck is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey and an honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Steeneck serves on the Board of Directors of Freshpet, Inc.

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  • Michael J. Barkley
    Michael J. Barkley, Executive Vice President and President, Boulder
    Michael J. Barkley was named Executive Vice President and President, Boulder in May 2017. In this role, Mr. Barkley leads Pinnacle's Boulder segment of brands. From December MORE »
    Michael J. Barkley, Executive Vice President and President, Boulder

    Michael J. Barkley was named Executive Vice President and President, Boulder in May 2017. In this role, Mr. Barkley leads Pinnacle's Boulder segment of brands.

    From December 2015 to May 2017, Mr. Barkley served as Executive Vice President of Meals and Sides and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to that, from December 2014 to December 2015, Mr. Barkley served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Meals and Sides, and from December 2013 to December 2014 he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Birds Eye.  Mr. Barkley has a strong marketing and general management background leading iconic brands in a variety of consumer products categories.  Prior to Pinnacle, Mr. Barkley spent 2008 through 2013 at Campbell’s as Vice President and General Manager of Healthy Beverages, Vice President of Simple Meals, and Vice President of Ready to Serve Soup.  Prior to Campbell’s, Mr. Barkley led consumer health care brands at Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  He began his career marketing iconic brands such as Tostitos, Ruffles, and Cheetos at Frito-Lay.

    Mr. Barkley holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.

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  • Christopher J. Boever
    Christopher J. Boever, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
    Christopher J. Boever was named Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer in December, 2011.  As Sales and Chief Customer Officer, Mr. Boever leads customer relations MORE »
    Christopher J. Boever, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

    Christopher J. Boever was named Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer in December, 2011.  As Sales and Chief Customer Officer, Mr. Boever leads customer relations and sales across our entire Pinnacle Foods brand portfolio.  Mr. Boever oversees the sales force and broker organization for Pinnacle’s U.S. organization.

    From June 2007 to December 2011, Mr. Boever worked at ConAgra Foods, Inc., most recently serving as Senior Vice President Sales, leading the direct and broker sales organization for the Consumer Division.  At ConAgra he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility including strategy, planning and operations across a portfolio of frozen, grocery, refrigerated and snack food brands.  From January 1991 to June 2007, Mr. Boever worked in various headquarters and field positions at Hormel Foods.

    Mr. Boever holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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  • Mary Beth DeNooyer
    Mary Beth DeNooyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
    Mary Beth DeNooyer was named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2013.  As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. DeNooyer leads all human resources MORE »
    Mary Beth DeNooyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Mary Beth DeNooyer was named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2013.  As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. DeNooyer leads all human resources responsibilities throughout the company including organizational development, recruitment and talent management, training, compensation and benefits, employee relations and diversity.

    From April 2011 through June 2012. Ms. DeNooyer served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the division of Sara Lee which was spun-off as Hillshire Brands.  From March 2010 to June 2012. Ms. DeNooyer served as Senior Vice President, Compensation and Benefits at Sara Lee.  Ms. DeNooyer held Human Resources leadership positions at The Pepsi Bottling Group from 1998 to 2010 and General Mills from 1994 to 1998.

    Ms. DeNooyer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

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  • M. Kelley Maggs
    M. Kelley Maggs, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
    M. Kelley Maggs was named our Executive Vice President and General Counsel in March 2013.  Previously, Mr. Maggs served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary MORE »
    M. Kelley Maggs, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

    M. Kelley Maggs was named our Executive Vice President and General Counsel in March 2013.  Previously, Mr. Maggs served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since Pinnacle’s inception in 2001.  Mr. Maggs oversees all legal and corporate secretary activities at Pinnacle.  He was associated with affiliates of CDM Investor Group LLC from 1993 until 2007.

    Prior to his involvement with Pinnacle, Mr. Maggs held the same position with International Home Foods Inc. from November 1996 to December 2000.  From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Maggs was employed with Stella Foods, Inc. as Vice President and General Counsel.  Prior to that time, he was engaged in the private practice of law in Virginia and New York.

    Mr. Maggs is a graduate of Niagara University and received his Juris Doctor from George Mason University Law School.

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  • Mark L. Schiller
    Mark L. Schiller, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
    Mark L. Schiller was named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in May 2017. In this role, Mr. Schiller leads Pinnacle's Grocery and Frozen segments and key MORE »
    Mark L. Schiller, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

    Mark L. Schiller was named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in May 2017. In this role, Mr. Schiller leads Pinnacle's Grocery and Frozen segments and key commercial functions utilized across the entire organization, including marketing strategy, innovation, product development, package design, commercialization, productivity, consumer insights and shopper marketing. 

    From January 2015 to May 2017, Mr. Schiller served as Executive Vice President and President North America Retail. Prior to that, from May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Schiller served as Executive Vice President and President Birds Eye Frozen Division and from June 2010 to May 2013, he served as Executive Vice President and President Duncan Hines Grocery Division.

    From March 2002 to April 2010, Mr. Schiller worked at PepsiCo as Senior Vice President of Frito Lay New Ventures, President of Quaker Foods and Snacks North America, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frito Lay Convenience Foods Division.  From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Schiller was Chief Operating Officer and Co-President of Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc.  From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Schiller served as president of Valley Recreation Products, Inc.  Mr. Schiller began his career at the Quaker Oats Company in 1985 where he progressed through a number of marketing, sales and supply chain roles.

    Mr. Schiller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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  • D. Michael Wittman
    D. Michael Wittman, Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
    D. Michael Wittman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer in November 2015. In his role, Mr. Wittman has overall corporate responsibility for the end-to-end supply MORE »
    D. Michael Wittman, Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

    D. Michael Wittman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer in November 2015. In his role, Mr. Wittman has overall corporate responsibility for the end-to-end supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, customer service, warehousing and distribution. Additionally, he oversees Pinnacle's food quality and safety programs. 

    From December 2008 to October 2015, Mr. Wittman served as Vice President of Supply Chain for Mars Chocolate North America where he was responsible for the supply chain for the confectionery business. Prior to Mars, Mr. Wittman spent over 25 years within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, including leadership roles in J&J Consumer Companies and McNeil Consumer Products.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

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Pinnacle Foods Management Team
  • Roger Deromedi
    Roger Deromedi, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Director

    Roger Deromedi was appointed Independent Chairman and Lead Director of the Board in March 2016 and has been a Director of the Company since 2007. His tenure on Pinnacle’s Board includes serving as Non-Executive Chairman of the MORE »

    Roger Deromedi, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Director

    Roger Deromedi was appointed Independent Chairman and Lead Director of the Board in March 2016 and has been a Director of the Company since 2007. His tenure on Pinnacle’s Board includes serving as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from 2009 to March 2016, as a member of the Compensation Committee from 2009 to September 2015, and as Executive Chairman of the Board from 2007 until 2009.

    Prior to joining Pinnacle’s Board of Directors, Mr. Deromedi served as Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods Inc. from December 2003 to June 2006, and before that as co-Chief Executive Officer, Kraft Foods Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods International  from 2001-2003. Mr. Deromedi was President and Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods International from 1999 to 2001 and previously held a series of increasingly responsible positions since joining General Foods, Kraft’s predecessor company, in 1977. Additionally, Mr. Deromedi was an Executive Advisor (Independent Contractor) to Blackstone in the Consumer Goods Sector from July 2013 to July 2015.  Mr. Deromedi is Vice-Chairman of the Rainforest Alliance, on the Board of Directors of the Joffrey Ballet, and on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Natural History.

    Mr. Deromedi earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

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  • Mark Clouse
    Mark Clouse, Chief Executive Officer and Director

    Mark Clouse was named Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board in May 2016. Mr. Clouse joined Pinnacle from Mondelez International, Inc. where he most recently held the role of Chief Commercial Officer.  Before becoming MORE »

    Mark Clouse, Chief Executive Officer and Director

    Mark Clouse was named Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board in May 2016. Mr. Clouse joined Pinnacle from Mondelez International, Inc. where he most recently held the role of Chief Commercial Officer.  Before becoming Chief Commercial Officer, he worked as Chief Growth Officer for Mondelez , where he was responsible for the company’s growth strategy and oversaw key areas such as corporate strategy, global marketing, global sales, and research, development and quality. Throughout his 20-year tenure at Kraft Foods Inc., including the subsequent spin-off of Mondelez, Mr. Clouse served in a range of leadership positions involving iconic food brands.

    Prior to joining Kraft Foods Inc., Mr. Clouse served in the United States Army as a pilot and completed his service as a Captain.

    Mr. Clouse is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

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  • Ann Fandozzi
    Ann Fandozzi, Director

    Ann Fandozzi has been a Director of the Company since 2012 and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee.  Ms. Fandozzi has served as the Chief Executive MORE »

    Ann Fandozzi, Director

    Ann Fandozzi has been a Director of the Company since 2012 and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee.  Ms. Fandozzi has served as the Chief Executive Officer of ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading provider of vehicle repair services since October 2016.

    Prior to ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Ms. Fandozzi was the President & Chief Executive Officer of Ride and vRide from June 2012 to October 2016, a ride sharing platform that offers commuters an economical and stress-free way to work. Before Ride and vRide, Ms. Fandozzi served in senior management positions with Whirlpool Corporation from 2007 to 2012. Her most recent role at Whilrpool was Corporate Vice President of the Global e-business, Direct to Consumer and Sears/Kenmore units. Before Whirlpool, Ms. Fandozzi served at DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Global Executive Director of Family Vehicles from 2002 to 2007. Her previous experience also includes roles at Ford Motor Company, McKinsey and Company, Wharton Financial Institutions Center and Lockheed Martin.

    Ms. Fandozzi received her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, her MSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her BE in Computer Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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  • Mark Jung
    Mark Jung, Director

    Mark Jung has been a Director of the Company since 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Jung is currently the Executive Chairman of Accela, Inc. and he has served in that position since March 2017. Mr. Jung MORE »

    Mark Jung, Director

    Mark Jung has been a Director of the Company since 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Jung is currently the Executive Chairman of Accela, Inc. and he has served in that position since March 2017. Mr. Jung previously served as Chairman and acting CEO of Accela, Inc., a private software company from August 2016 to March 2017 and previously served as Chairman of Accela, Inc. from March 2016 to August 2016. Mr. Jung also currently serves as a consultant to ABRY Partners, a private equity firm, since March 2015.

    Prior to his current roles, Mr. Jung served as Executive Chairman of OL2, Inc., a leading cloud solutions provider for gaming and graphics-rich applications from May 2013 to March 2015, as an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, LLC, a private venture capital fund from February 2012 to May 2013, and as an independent board member and advisor to a variety of technology companies from December 2008 to January 2012. Mr. Jung currently serves as a member of the board of directors of DataXu, Inc., a software developer for online marketing; InMar, Inc., a provider of coupon processing and logistics services; Interviewstreet Incorporation (which is also known as HackerRank), a technical recruiting platform company; and Lett.rs, LLC, a mobile social media platform provider.

    Mr. Jung holds a BS in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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  • Jane Nielsen
    Jane Nielsen, Director

    Jane Nielsen has been a Director of the Company since 2014 and is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  Ms. Nielsen has served as the Chief Financial Officer of MORE »

    Jane Nielsen, Director

    Jane Nielsen has been a Director of the Company since 2014 and is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  Ms. Nielsen has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation since September 2016.

    Prior to Ralph Lauren Corporation, she held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coach, Inc. from September 2011 to August 2016.  Before Coach, Inc. Ms. Nielsen was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Beverages Americas and the Global Nutrition Group from 2009 until September 2011. From 1996 to 2009, Ms. Nielsen held successively senior roles in finance with PepsiCo, Inc., as well as with Pepsi Bottling Group, including in the areas of Mergers & Integration, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning. From 1990 until joining PepsiCo, Inc. in 1996, Ms. Nielsen was with Marakon Associates, a global strategy consulting firm, and began her career in 1986 at Credit Suisse First Boston as an analyst. 

    Ms. Nielsen has a BA in Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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  • Muktesh Pant
    Muktesh Pant, Director

    Muktesh Pant has been a Director of the Company since 2014 and a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Pant has been the Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants China since August 2015 and MORE »

    Muktesh Pant, Director

    Muktesh Pant has been a Director of the Company since 2014 and a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Pant has been the Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants China since August 2015 and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. from January 2014 to August 2015. He held a number of senior leadership positions with Yum! Brands, Inc., including as CEO of Yum! Restaurants International, President of Global Branding for Yum! Brands, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Yum! Restaurants International, Global Chief Concept Officer for Yum! Brands and President of Taco Bell International from 2005 to 2014.

    Prior to Yum! Brands, Mr. Pant worked in various capacities at Reebok from 1994 to 2004, including as Chief Marketing Officer from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Pant also worked at PepsiCo from 1992 to 1994 in PepsiCo’s India startup. He built a foundation in marketing and international business with 15 years in various executive capacities at Unilever in India and the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1992.

    Mr. Pant holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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  • Raymond P. Silcock
    Raymond P. Silcock, Director

    Raymond Silcock has been a Director of the Company since 2008 and is Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CTI Foods, a leading MORE »

    Raymond P. Silcock, Director

    Raymond Silcock has been a Director of the Company since 2008 and is Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CTI Foods, a leading custom food service manufacturer, since June 2016.  

    Prior to CTI Foods, Mr. Silcock was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Diamond Foods Inc. from June 2013 to March 2016. Before Diamond Foods Inc., Mr. Silcock was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company following its emergence from bankruptcy in March 2012 until February 2013 and was the Head of Finance from December 2011 to March 2012. From December 2009 to December 2011, he was an independent management consultant with clients including The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company and Palm Ventures LLC.  Prior to consulting, Mr. Silcock was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UST Inc from July 2007 to April 2009 and before joining UST Inc., Mr. Silcock was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Swift & Company from 2006 to 2007 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cott Corporation from 1998 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Silcock held various positions at Campbell Soup Company, where he worked from 1979 to 1997, culminating in Vice President, Finance for the Bakery and Confectionary Division. Mr. Silcock is an Advisory Partner with Alliance Consumer Growth, a private equity company.

    Mr. Silcock holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Cost & Management Accountants (United Kingdom).

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  • Ioannis Skoufalos
    Ioannis Skoufalos, Director

    Ioannis Skoufalos has been a Director of the Company since September 2015 and is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He is the Global Product Supply Officer of The Procter & Gamble MORE »

    Ioannis Skoufalos, Director

    Ioannis Skoufalos has been a Director of the Company since September 2015 and is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He is the Global Product Supply Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and has served in that position since 2011.

    Since joining P&G in 1984, Mr. Skoufalos has held roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing and product supply in various global geographies. Mr. Skoufalos also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers and on the Board of Trustees for The Manufacturing Institute.

    Mr. Skoufalos holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University (UK) and a Master of Science in Food Engineering from Leeds University.

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Awards & Accolades

We take great pride in our successes. From recognition of our great people and their work to wins across our portfolio of brands and accolades from our communities and customers, here are some of the awards we’ve received in recent years.

Marketing

2014

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts W³ Gold and Silver Awards for DuncanHines.com

2012

PR News’ 2012 Digital PR Award for Vlasic®

Web Marketing Award for www.farmersgardenbyvlasic.com

2011

"DV Award" for Outstanding Achievement in Digital Video Production—Aunt Jemima® Frozen Breakfast

Madison Avenue’s Advertising Walk of Fame “Favorite Icon”—Vlasic® Stork

Brand

2014

Progressive Grocer Category Advisor in the Frozen Foods, Vegetables Category—Birds Eye®

Progressive Grocer Category Advisor in the Frozen Foods, Meals Category— Birds Eye® Voila!® 

2013

Progressive Grocer Category Captain in the Frozen Foods, Vegetables Category—Birds Eye®

Progressive Grocer Category Captain in the Baking Ingredients, Spices and Seasonings Category—Duncan Hines®

Progressive Grocer Category Advisor in the Pickles Category—Vlasic®

Product of the Year—Farmer’s Garden™ by Vlasic®

Best New Product Awards, Canadian Living—Duncan Hines® Apple Caramel Cake Mix

2012

Bronze Edison Award—Duncan Hines® frosting creations™

Women’s Health 125 Best Packaged Foods for Women—Lender’s® Healthy Grain and Birds Eye® Edamame

Prepared Foods, Innovation in Retail Second Place—Mrs. Paul’s® and Van de Kamp’s® for Parchment Bake

2012

Kroger DAYTONA 500 Program “Rookie of the Year”—Hungry-Man®

Yahoo Shine Best Frozen Meal—Birds Eye® Voila!®

Wal-Mart 12 Key Innovations of 2012—Birds Eye® Voila!® family size

2011

Men’s Health 125 Best Foods for Men—Birds Eye® Sweet Garden Peas and Mrs. Paul’s® Fish Sticks

Women’s Health 125 Best Foods for Women—Birds Eye® Pepper Stir-Fry and Birds Eye® Voila!® Garlic Chicken

2010

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Retailer Magazine 2010 Category Colonel Awards—Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfast and Birds Eye®

Workplace

2012

Inc. Magazine Editor’s Pick for World’s Coolest Office

Arkansas Department of Labor Safety Award

King County Industrial Waste Program Silver Award—Tim’s® Cascade Snacks

2012

Seattle Magazine top food establishment—Tim’s® Cascade Snacks

2011

Association of Washington Business Better Workplace Award for Job Training and Advancement—Tim’s® Cascade Snacks

Corporate

2012

Imlay City, MI Chamber of Commerce 2012 Organization of the Year

Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing National Businesses

Bozzuto’s Inc. 2012 Retailer and Supplier Excellence Award for Frozen Food Supplier of the Year

2011

Harris Teeter Frozen Vendor of the Year

2011

Fortune Magazine’s 2011 Top 1000 Companies list

Fennville, MI Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

Jackson, TN Industry of the Year Award

Target Partner Award of Excellence

2010

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine 2010 Frozen Food Processor of the Year

Citizenship

At Pinnacle Foods, we are committed to doing business in a way that reflects our shared values. We seek to make a difference in the communities where we live and work, while reducing our environmental footprint. Citizenship is important to who we are, and we continue to evolve our practices to deliver even greater value for our customers, employees, communities, and the planet.

Community

As a company, we put down roots in the communities where we live and work. We believe in being a good neighbor and corporate citizen, and our company has been recognized for our contributions in several communities where our facilities are located.

We are deeply committed to one cause where we can make the greatest difference — fighting hunger in America. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture identified more than 16 million children at risk of hunger in the U.S., affecting the lives of 1 in every 5 children. In response, we contributed more than $3 million over the past two years to helping connect children with the nutritious food they need to live active, healthy lives through strategic brand partnerships, cause marketing and employee volunteerism efforts.

Here's a look at some of our recent initiatives that contributed to our $3 million donation towards helping end childhood hunger in the United States:

Duncan Hines® & Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry

Duncan Hines® invited bakers from across the country to share their inspired creations with the community and raise funds to fight childhood hunger with the "1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge," part of Share Our Strength's 2011 Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry®. During each week of the Challenge, Duncan Hines® matched the funds from the top fundraising team.

Birds Eye® & Feed Kids Better

As the country's leading brand in frozen vegetables, Pinnacle's Birds Eye® brand is committed to its "Feed Kids Better" initiative. In 2011, The Birds Eye "My Perfect Veggie-Powered Plate" Facebook application invited consumers to create and share their perfect meal — starting with vegetables. For every veggie-powered plate created on Facebook, Birds Eye donated vegetables for 10 meals in addition to a donation of 1 million meals to Share Our Strength®'s No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Employee Volunteerism

For Pinnacle Foods employees, pitching in comes naturally. In 2012, our employees volunteered more than 22,000 hours of their time to baking, organizing and hosting bake sales and other events for the Duncan Hines Bake Sale Challenge. Together, employees volunteered in teams in the communities where they live and work across the country, raising more than $26,000 through 38 bake sales. All proceeds were donated to Share Our Strength® for the fight against childhood hunger.

And when Superstorm Sandy struck the northeast in October 2012, our employees generously donated their time and resources to help those in need. In addition to the company's donations of more than 40,000 meals to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in the wake of the storm, Pinnacle Foods was proud to match all employee donations to area food banks serving those affected by Sandy, as well as extending volunteer time for employees who choose to give their own time to aid organizations in relief and rebuilding areas affected by the storm.

Sustainability

2015 Update

At Pinnacle Foods, we have made meaningful progress toward minimizing our impact on the environment, including reducing water usage in our manufacturing operations. We measure our usage of water and energy, along with other key environmental metrics, at each of our plants. Short and long term sustainability metrics are included in the performance dashboard that we regularly review with our Board of Directors. We are preparing a 2015 update on our progress in these areas, which will be available on our website. 

We are committed to doing our part to preserve the Earth's natural resources by pursuing programs to systematically reduce our use of energy and water and decrease the volume of waste generated at our manufacturing and corporate facilities, as well as in our transportation and distribution operations. Through efficiency improvements, best practices, refined processes and technological enhancements, environmental sustainability is part of Pinnacle Foods' management discipline and our lean, nimble approach to operational excellence.

By measuring our impact and setting tangible, challenging goals, we will continue on our path of continuous improvement. By 2015 we are committed to achieving meaningful improvement in the following areas:

- Reducing water usage

- Reducing post-use water disposal

- Reducing electricity usage

- Reducing natural gas usage

- Reducing solid waste disposal

Our entire organization has a role in these initiatives, and we've already made significant strides. Here's a look at some of our recent sustainability efforts and innovations:

Water

A key element of our production processes, water has many uses in our supply chain — from cleaning our vegetables & fruits, to serving as an ingredient in our pickle brines. We monitor our usage and look for opportunities to post-use water disposal through new equipment installations and initiatives to reuse water.

Re-Watering the Earth

Our Darien, Wisconsin Birds Eye® manufacturing facility installed their second water lagoon in 2011 in an effort to increase the amount of clean water returned to the environment. The Darien facility uses water in many ways, including cleaning, blanching and conveying our vegetables. The new lagoon allows 35 million additional gallons of post-use water each year to be aerated and treated, removing waste and debris. After aeration in the lagoon, the water is taken back to the agricultural fields and is reused in spray irrigation to promote the healthy growth of crops. This process is currently in place at many of our locations and we plan to continue to build infrastructure to increase our beneficial reuse of post-use water.

Solid Waste

We actively seek opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials that would otherwise be disposed of as waste, and we're committed to decreasing the volume of solid waste that we send to landfills and incinerators. Our facilities recycle or reuse corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, food waste, wood pallets, drums, office paper, ink cartridges, magazines, slip sheets, cans, batteries, light bulbs, electronics and paint whenever possible. We're also committed to incorporating recyclable and renewable materials into our packaging and shipping materials to reduce post-production waste disposal.

35,000 More Trees

Our transportation network uses more than a million pallets each year. By using pooled CHEP pallets that are reused etwork, we increase wood recovery and recycling. All CHEP pallets are made from renewable natural d sourced 100% from sustainably managed forests. By participating in the pooled pallet program instead g plastic or whitewood pallets, we save more than 35,000 trees each year, while cutting waste in half.

Energy

To reduce our carbon footprint and energy use, we're committed to finding more efficient methods to operate. We're investing in energy-efficient lighting, installing more efficient equipment, optimizing our transportation and logistics networks and turning to renewable resources as sources for energy.

Energy Efficient Lighting, Cooling and Compressed Air

By installing motion detectors in our corporate and plant facilities in order to save energy when our space is not in use, we have reduced electricity usage. At one warehouse alone, changing to motion sensor lights generated a total annual energy reduction of more than 600,000 kilowatt hours, an electricity reduction of 79% during the week and 90% on weekends.

In 2012, we launched several coordinated projects to improve the efficiency of our refrigeration and compressed air systems in our Jackson, TN and Fayetteville, AR manufacturing facilities. These projects, when complete, are expected to save more than 5 million kilowatt hours of energy each year in those two locations alone. We plan to implement similar energy savings projects in our other manufacturing facilities over the next several years.

Supplier Code of Conduct

We are committed to acting ethically and honestly in a manner that respects individuals and the environment. For that reason we must ensure that everyone we do business with embraces and demonstrates the same high standards of ethical business behavior. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our ethical and compliance standards for conducting business. We require our suppliers to operate with similar values and to comply with the expectations and standards of our Supplier Code of Conduct, and for their suppliers and sub-contractors to act in accordance with our Code as well.

Supplier Code of Conduct

We are committed to acting ethically and honestly in a manner that respects individuals and the environment. For that reason we must ensure that everyone we do business with embraces and demonstrates the same high standards of ethical business behavior. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our ethical and compliance standards for conducting business. We require our suppliers to operate with similar values and to comply with the expectations and standards of our Supplier Code of Conduct, and for their suppliers and sub-contractors to act in accordance with our Code as well.