Board of Directors
Robert J. Campbell, 69, has served on our Board since February 2014. Since November 2011, Mr. Campbell has served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Enstar Group Limited, an insurance run-off company, and has served as its independent director since November 2007. Mr. Campbell served as an independent director of Camden National Corporation, a public holding company, from 1999 to 2014. Mr. Campbell also served as a director of Boulevard Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, from September 2015 until the consummation of its business combination with Estre Ambiental S.A. in December 2017. Since January 1991, Mr. Campbell has served as a partner at Beck, Mack & Oliver LLC, a private investment advisory firm. Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Williams College.
Denise L. Devine, 62, joined our Board in February 2018. Ms. Devine is the founder and since 2014 has served as the Chief Executive Officer of FNB Holdings, LLC, a company dedicated to initiatives in the health and wellness space. Ms. Devine was also founder and has served for more than ten years as the Chief Executive Officer of Nutripharm, Inc., a company that has generated a portfolio of composition and process patents to create innovative natural food, beverage, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products that facilitate nutrition and lifelong health. Ms. Devine, a certified public accountant, also previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Energy Solutions International and in financial management positions for Campbell Soup Company. Ms. Devine has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy and on the Board of the American Institute of CPAs. Ms. Devine has served as a director of Fulton Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: FULT) (“Fulton”) since 2012, and serves as a member of Fulton’s Audit Committee, as Chair of Fulton’s Human Resources Committee, and as a member of Fulton’s Executive Committee. Ms. Devine was a member of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University from 2005 to 2015, where she was the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lourdes Health System since 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2016. Ms. Devine received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Villanova Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.
Nance K. Dicciani, 70, joined our Board upon the consummation of our business combination with The Dow Chemical Company (“TDCC”) on July 31, 2015 (the “Business Combination”), and was appointed non-executive Chair of the Board on August 13, 2015. From March 2016 until October 2016, Ms. Dicciani served as a co-member of the Office of the Chair of the Company, in which capacity she assumed, with the other co-member, the duties and responsibilities of chief executive officer and president of the Company on an interim basis. Ms. Dicciani is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell International Specialty Materials (a diversified technology and manufacturing company), a position she held from 2001 to 2008. Ms. Dicciani has served as a director of Praxair, Inc. since 2008, where she is a member of the Finance and Compensation Committees and Chair of the Technology, Safety and Sustainability Committee. Ms. Dicciani has also served as a director of Halliburton Company since 2009, where she is a member of the Audit and Health, Safety and Environmental Committees. Ms. Dicciani has also served as a director of LyondellBasell Industries N.V. since 2013, where she is a member of the Finance and Health, Safety, Environmental and Operations Committees. Additionally, Ms. Dicciani served as a director of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. from 2008 to 2014. Ms. Dicciani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University, a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jordi Ferre, 53, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since October 2016. Mr. Ferre has more than 25 years of international experience in the food ingredients industry, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of PureCircle Limited (“PureCircle”), a global leader in natural food ingredients, including Stevia™ sweetener, from June 2014 to the present, and prior to that as PureCircle’s President, Commercial Division from January 2009 to June 2014. Mr. Ferre’s positions prior to joining PureCircle include serving as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Splenda Sucralose with Tate & Lyle PLC, Vice President, Sales and Marketing with Wise Foods, Inc. and Vice President, Marketing/Business Development Americas with Chupa Chups Group. Mr. Ferre holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Gregory M. Freiwald, 64, joined our Board upon the consummation of the Business Combination on July 31, 2015. Mr. Freiwald retired from TDCC in March 2015. Mr. Freiwald served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of TDCC from January 2008 until he retired. During that time, he also had responsibilities for Aviation and Corporate Affairs, and was a member of TDCC’s Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Freiwald joined TDCC in 1979 and held various roles prior to being named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2008. Mr. Freiwald was a board member of the Dow Chemical Company Foundation from 2009 until April 2015. Mr. Freiwald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Del Centro de La Provincia de Buenos Aires.
Torsten Kraef, 51, joined our Board upon the consummation of the Business Combination on July 31, 2015. Mr. Kraef has served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for TDCC since December 2016, where he leads the development of TDCC’s corporate strategy and coordinates implementation of TDCC’s key strategic tracks. He also leads TDCC’s incubation of strategic and innovative new business growth opportunities. Mr. Kraef is a member of TDCC’s Executive Operations Team, which is accountable for delivering enterprise-level operational results for TDCC, and he has been working closely with the TDCC board of directors since 2012. Prior to his current position, he served as Corporate Vice President of Strategy Development and New Business Development for TDCC from August 2013 to December 2016, Corporate Vice President of Strategy Development from September 2012 to August 2013, Vice President of Strategy Development and Chemicals and a member of the board of MEGlobal, a joint venture between TDCC and Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait from May 2012 to September 2012, and Vice President of TDCC’s Thermoset unit from November 2010 to May 2012. Mr. Kraef joined TDCC in June 1991 and held various roles prior to being named Vice President of TDCC’s Building and Construction unit in February 2007. Mr. Kraef holds a degree in Banking Management from the Industry and Trade Chamber in Düsseldorf, Germany, and a masters/diploma in Business Administration from the University of Düsseldorf, specializing in Sustainable Manufacturing, International Management and Marketing.
George Lobisser, 63, joined our Board in September 2016. Mr. Lobisser has served as Chief Executive Officer of RipeLocker LLC, a start-up company focused on developing a proprietary system that aims to extend the shelf life of perishable produce, since co-founding it in March 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Lobisser served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pace International, LLC, a provider of post-harvest solutions and technologies, from January 2001 until its sale to Valent BioSciences Corporation in December 2012. Prior to joining Pace International, Mr. Lobisser was a partner in S/L Partners, a private equity firm he co-owned. Mr. Lobisser’s career started in the tax department of Touche Ross & Co. (now part of Deloitte LLP). Mr. Lobisser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University.
Macauley Whiting, Jr., 61, joined our Board upon the consummation of the Business Combination on July 31, 2015. Mr. Whiting has served as President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation since April 2014, as its Treasurer since 2005 and as a trustee since 1996. In addition, Mr. Whiting served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Decker Energy International, a privately-held renewable energy company he founded in 1982 and built up until 2012, when he sold the company. Mr. Whiting holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (cum laude) from Princeton University.