Mr. Valette currently serves as an independent advisor to select branded consumer companies. He is also Chairman of the Board of Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR), a Minneapolis-based bedding company. In July 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Intertek Group plc, a publicly-traded global quality assurance and testing company active across a broad range of sectors and geographies, based in London, England. Until November 2012, he was Chairman of the Board and a member of the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees of Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc., a California-based specialty coffee company; since then he is a Director and Chairman of its Audit and Valuation Committees. Until October 2006, he was also Chairman of Robert Mondavi Winery, a California wine company. Prior to assuming that position, he had served as President and Managing Director of Robert Mondavi Winery from October 2004 to January 2005. From May 2003 through May 2006, Mr. Valette served as a Class B Director of Boston Beer.
Mr. Valette has more than twenty-five years of experience in management, public company corporate governance, strategic planning, and finance, with extensive experience in the alcohol beverage industry. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves as a director of several private companies. Mr. Valette served as the Chair of our Nominating/Governance Committee from May 2004 until May 2013 and has served as a member of our Audit Committee since May 2003. He was named Boston Beer’s Lead Director in May 2013.
Lead Director, Audit Committee, Nominating/Governance Committee
Mr. Tanner is a Director for Sun Opta Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL), a global organic food company specializing in sourcing, processing, and packaging of natural and certified organic food products, a position he has held since January 2017. In February 2018, he joined the Board of SpartanNash Company (NASDAQ: SPTN), a wholesale grocery distributor and retailer based in Grand Rapids, MI. He previously served as the CEO of Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF), a leading food and beverage company and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States, located in Dallas, Texas, from 2012 to 2016. Prior to serving as CEO, Mr. Tanner served as Dean Foods’ Chief Supply Chain Officer and President of its Fresh Dairy Direct division, where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution functions for Dean Foods' largest business unit and for supply chain operations for the company as a whole. Mr. Tanner joined Dean Foods in 2007. Prior to joining Dean Foods, he was Senior Vice President, Global Operations with The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY). Before joining Hershey, Mr. Tanner was Senior Vice President, Retail Supply Chain at ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) where he directed the entire supply chain for retail products. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Quaker Oats Company and Ralston Purina Company.
Mr. Tanner has more than thirty-five years of operations, supply chain management, and general management experience in the food and beverage industry, with significant experience in risk management. He also qualifies as a financial expert in that he has overseen profits, losses, and balance sheets in senior executive roles for S&P 500 companies. Mr. Tanner has been a member of our Audit Committee since he joined the Board in December 2007.
Audit Committee (Chairman), Compensation Committee
Mr. Fialkow is Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York, and California that he co-founded in 2000. In his capacity as Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, he serves on the Board of Directors on a number of privately-held companies. Prior to that, he co-founded and sold four companies: National Leisure Group, Alliance Development Group, Retail Growth ATM Systems, and Starboard Cruise Services. His focus areas include travel, financial services, and e-commerce. Mr. Fialkow also sits on the boards of various not-for-profit entities, including the Pan-Mass Challenge, Facing History and Ourselves, and Debate Mate. He has raised millions of dollars for children’s programs by biking, running, climbing, and rowing. Mr. Fialkow holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.
Mr. Fialkow has extensive entrepreneurial, operational, senior management, and board-level experience, including in the areas of venture capital, technology, consumer marketing, specialty retail, and corporate governance. He has served as a member of our Audit Committee since May 2017.