Board of Directors

John E. Byom
Lead Director; Financial Expert
John E. Byom has served as a director since January 2006. Mr. Byom was Chief Executive Officer of Classic Provisions Inc., a specialty foods distribution company, from October 2007 until the business was sold and he retired in June 2019. Mr. Byom was previously the Chief Financial Officer of International Multifoods Corporation. He left International Multifoods Corporation in March 2005 after 26 years, including four years as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer from March 2000 to June 2004. After the sale of International Multifoods Corporation to The J.M. Smucker Company in June 2004, Mr. Byom was President of Multifoods Foodservice and Bakery Products. Prior to his time as Chief Financial Officer and as President of Multifoods Foodservice and Bakery Products, Mr. Byom was President of U.S. Manufacturing from July 1999 to March 2000, and Vice President Finance and IT for the North American Foods Division from 1993 to 1999. Prior to 1993, he held various positions in finance and was an internal auditor for International Multifoods Corporation from 1979 to 1981. Mr. Byom previously served on the board of MGP Ingredients Inc. Mr. Byom earned his B.A. in Accounting from Luther College
  • Audit Committee
  • Compensation & Talent Committee
Celeste A. Clark, Ph.D.
Chair - Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Celeste A. Clark, Ph.D. has served as a director since February 2021. Dr. Clark has been the principal of Abraham Clark Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm, since November 2011 and consults on nutrition and health policy, regulatory affairs and leadership development. Dr. Clark is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University since January 2012. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs of Kellogg Company, a food manufacturing company, and was the Chief Sustainability Officer until she retired in 2011. She was a member of the Global Executive Management Team and had an accomplished career spanning nearly 35 years at Kellogg Company in which time, she was responsible for the development and implementation of global health, nutrition and regulatory science initiatives. In addition, she led global corporate communications, public affairs, philanthropy and several administrative functions. Dr. Clark serves on the boards of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (organic and natural products), Wells Fargo & Company (financial services) and Darling Ingredients Inc. (sustainable products and renewable energy). She also serves as a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Clark previously served on the boards of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, Diamond Foods, Inc., AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc., and Omega Protein Corporation. Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Food Science and Nutrition and in 2021, she was bestowed an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities. She brings significant industry experience in various nutrition, consumer productions, public policy, risk management, governance, sustainability and ESG matters to the Board.
  • Compensation Committee
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair
Christopher J. Coughlin
Chair - Audit Committee; Financial Expert
Christopher J. Coughlin has served as a director since August 2019. Mr. Coughlin served as Senior Advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors of Tyco International, Ltd., a diversified holding company, from 2010 until he retired in September 2012. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyco International from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure, he played a central role in the separation of Tyco into five independent, public companies. Prior to joining Tyco, he worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Interpublic Group of Companies from June 2003 to December 2004 and as Chief Financial Officer from August 2003 to June 2004. Previously, Mr. Coughlin was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pharmacia Corporation from 1998 until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2003. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Nabisco Holdings and President of Nabisco International. From 1981 to 1996, he held various positions, including Chief Financial Officer, at Sterling Winthrop. Mr. Coughlin serves on the boards of Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (clinical-stage biopharmaceutical), as Lead Independent Director and Centene Corporation (healthcare enterprise). Mr. Coughlin previously served on the boards of Allergan plc, as Lead Independent Director, the Dun & Bradstreet Corp, as non-executive chairman, Hologic, Inc., Covidien Ltd, Dipexium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Forest Laboratories, Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies, Monsanto Company, Perrigo Company and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Coughlin earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boston College. Mr. Coughlin was named a 2022 Director of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) for his leadership in public corporate governance. In 2015, Mr. Coughlin was named the NACD Corporate Director of the Year. 
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Sheila A. Hopkins

Sheila A. Hopkins has served as a director since August 2015. Ms. Hopkins served as President, Global Vision Care and Executive Vice President of Bausch + Lomb, a healthcare company, from September 2011 until her retirement in August 2013. From September 1997 to August 2011, Ms. Hopkins worked at Colgate-Palmolive, a leading consumer products company, where she held several senior executive positions including Vice President and General Manager, Personal Care, Vice President, Global Business Development and Vice President and General Manager, Professional Oral Care. Prior to that, she held significant marketing and sales positions at Procter & Gamble, American Cyanamid and Tambrands. Ms. Hopkins serves on the board of Cutera, Inc. (energy based and aesthetic devices). Ms. Hopkins previously served on the board of Warnaco Inc. She has also served on the Board of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Ms. Hopkins earned a B.A. in History from Wellesley College.

  • Audit Committee
  • Nominating and Governance Committee
Ron Lombardi
Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
Ronald M. Lombardi was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2017 and has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since June 2015. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from December 2010 until November 2015. Prior to joining the Company, from October 2010 to December 2010, Mr. Lombardi was employed by Medtech Group Holdings, a components and contract medical device manufacturer, as Chief Financial Officer. From October 2009 to October 2010, Mr. Lombardi served as the Chief Financial Officer of Waterbury International Holdings, a specialty chemical and pest control business. Mr. Lombardi was employed by Cannondale Sports Group, a sporting goods and apparel manufacturing company, as Chief Operating Officer from August 2008 to October 2009 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2004 to August 2008. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Lombardi served in various roles at Gerber Scientific Inc., including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gerber Scientific Inc.’s Gerber Coburn Optical Division and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis of Gerber Scientific Inc. Mr. Lombardi was also previously employed by Emerson Electric, Scovill Fasteners, Inc. and Go/Dan Industries. Mr. Lombardi serves on the board of ACCO Brands Corporation (consumer and business products), where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Lombardi received a B.S. from Springfield College and an M.B.A. from American International College and has been a licensed CPA..

Mr. Lombardi received a B.S. from Springfield College and an M.B.A. from American International College and has been a licensed CPA.
Natale S. Ricciardi
Natale S. Ricciardi has served as a director since May 2016. Mr. Ricciardi developed a 39-year career at Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, retiring in 2011 as a member of the Pfizer Executive Leadership Team. While holding the positions of President, Pfizer Global Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of Pfizer Inc. from 2004 until 2011, Mr. Ricciardi was directly responsible for all of Pfizer’s internal and external supply and manufacturing organization, a global enterprise that grew to more than 100 manufacturing facilities supplying small and large molecule pharmaceuticals, vaccines, consumer, nutrition and animal health products. Previously, from 1999 to 2004, he had oversight for Pfizer’s U.S. manufacturing operations and from 1995 to 1999 was Vice President of Manufacturing for Pfizer’s Animal Health Group. Mr. Ricciardi serves on the boards of Dynavax Technologies Corporation (commercial stage biopharmaceutical) and Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc. (commercial stage automation and rapid detection of microbial contamination in manufacturing operations). He also sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of HealthCare Royalty Partners, an investment company. Mr. Ricciardi earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from The City College of New York and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Fordham University.
  • Nominating Committee
  • Compensation Committee
Dawn M. Zier
Chair - Compensation & Talent Committee; Financial Expert
Dawn M. Zier has served as a director since May 2020. Since February 2020, Ms. Zier has been the principal of Aurora Business Consulting, LLC and advises public and private companies on business transformation, digital/marketing acceleration, and high-performance teams. Ms. Zier was formerly the President and CEO and a director of Nutrisystem, an innovative provider of weight loss programs and digital tools, from November 2012 until its March 2019 acquisition by Tivity Health, Inc., a leading provider of fitness and social engagement solutions. Ms. Zier then joined Tivity Health serving as President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of its Board of Directors, to help with the integration efforts through December 2019. Prior to that she served in a variety of executive positions at Reader’s Digest Association, a global media and data marketing company, including President of International from 2011-2012, President of Europe from 2009-2011, and President of Global Consumer Marketing from 2008-2009. In February 2013, RDA Holding Co., the holding company and parent of Reader’s Digest Association, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization relief pursuant to Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Zier also serves on the Boards of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. and Spirit Airlines, Inc. where she chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. She is also on the Board of Purple Innovation, Inc. Over the years, she has served on boards for multiple marketing and media entities, including the Data and Marketing Association’s (DMA) board from 2008 to 2015, where she was a voting director and on the executive committee. Ms. Zier earned her MBA and Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Compensation & Talent Committee Chair

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