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Chefs' Warehouse Inc (CHEF.OQ)

CHEF.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Christopher Pappas

59 1985 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

John Pappas

55 2011 Vice Chairman of the Board

James Leddy

55 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Lecouras

63 2007 Chief Human Resource Officer

Tim McCauley

54 2018 Chief Accounting Officer

Alexandros Aldous

38 2017 General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Relations Officer

Dominick Cerbone

74 2017 Lead Independent Director

Joseph Cugine

58 2012 Independent Director

Steven Goldstone

73 2017 Independent Director

Alan Guarino

59 2012 Independent Director

Stephen Hanson

69 2011 Independent Director

Katherine Oliver

56 2015 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Christopher Pappas

Mr. Christopher Pappas is the Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. effective from 1985. He is our founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 1985 and has been a director on our Board and our Board chairman since our IPO, and he also served as a director and the chairman of the board of our predecessor company, Chefs’ Warehouse Holdings, LLC. He has been our president since April 11, 2009 and before that was our president from our formation to January 1, 2007. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. C. Pappas played basketball professionally in Europe for several years following his graduation from Adelphi University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Mr. C. Pappas currently oversees all of our business activities, with a focus on product procurement, sales, marketing, strategy development, business development and operations. Mr. C. Pappas currently serves on the board of directors of the International Foodservice Distributors Association and the Hudson National Golf Club, respectively. Mr. C. Pappas’ qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive knowledge of the Company and the specialty food products distribution business and his years of leadership at the Company.

John Pappas

Mr. John Pappas is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. Mr. Pappas is a founder of the Company and currently serves as our vice chairman, a position he has held since March 1, 2011. From our founding in 1985 to March 1, 2011, he served as our chief operating officer. Mr. J. Pappas has been a director on our Board since our IPO, and he also served as a director on the board of our predecessor company, Chefs’ Warehouse Holdings, LLC. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in logistics, facility management and global procurement and oversees our entire network of distribution centers in North America. Mr. J. Pappas is also active in the development of our corporate strategy. Mr. J. Pappas’ qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive knowledge of the Company and the specialty food products distribution industry and his years of leadership at the Company.

James Leddy

Mr. James F. Leddy is the Chief Financial Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Leddy is our chief financial officer and assistant secretary, positions he has held since his appointment as of November 11, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leddy served as our executive vice president of finance since joining the Company in September 2017. Mr. Leddy previously served as interim Chief Financial Officer at JetBlue Airways from November 2016 to February 2017 and served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer from 2012 to November 2016. Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Leddy served as Senior Vice President, Treasury and Cash Management at NBCUniversal from 2008 until 2012, and as a Senior Technical Advisor at General Electric from 2003 until 2008. Previously, Mr. Leddy held corporate risk and treasury management positions at First Union National Bank and Dai-ichi Kangyo Bank. Mr. Leddy holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Management of Technology from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

Patricia Lecouras

Ms. Patricia Lecouras is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. Ms. Lecouras is our Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Lecouras was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer on March 8, 2013. Ms. Lecouras joined our company from GE Capital Commercial Finance where she was vice president, human resources from 2001 to 2007. Prior to her time with GE Capital Commercial Finance, Ms. Lecouras was with Nine West Shoes (f/k/a Fischer Camuto Corporation) and Xerox. Ms. Lecouras's professional experience is multi-disciplinary and includes prior experience working in finance and tax-related functions. She also has earned a six sigma master black belt certification. Ms. Lecouras holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Work from Skidmore College.

Tim McCauley

Mr. Tim McCauley is the Chief Accounting Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. McCauley has served as our chief accounting officer, since his appointment on February 16, 2018 and previously served as our controller since joining the Company in May 2015. Mr. McCauley has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance roles across a variety of industries. Mr. McCauley’s prior work experience includes serving as Vice President – Finance at MacDermid Inc., Corporate Controller at Northern Tier Energy LP, Director of Financial Reporting and Investor Relations at Presstek, Inc. and Finance Director at Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to joining Eastman Kodak Company, Mr. McCauley worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for eleven years in their assurance and business advisory practice. Mr. McCauley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business - Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a registered certified public accountant in the state of Connecticut.

Alexandros Aldous

Mr. Alexandros Aldous is the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Relations Officer of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Aldous is our General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Government Relations Officer, positions he has held since joining us in March 2011, our IPO on July 27, 2011, and March 8, 2017, respectively. Mr. Aldous's prior work experience includes working as an attorney with Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, in London, where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, and prior to that, working as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP, in New York, where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Aldous is a member of the Government Relations Leadership Committee of the International Foodservice Distributors Association, a member of the Global Alumni Advisory Board of the American College of Greece, as well as a member of the Dean's Counsel of American University's School of International Service. Mr. Aldous earned a B.A. in Classics and Government from Colby College, a Juris Doctor and M.A. from American University and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Aldous is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, District of Columbia, and England and Wales.

Dominick Cerbone

Mr. Dominick Cerbone is the Lead Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Cerbone has been a director on our Board since May 24, 2012. Mr. Cerbone brings over 40 years of financial and accounting experience, which have all been spent at Ernst & Young. Most recently, he was a senior partner and consultant of the national office of Ernst & Young from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that position, Mr. Cerbone was a senior partner of transaction advisory services for Ernst & Young from 1990 to 2005, where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating, facilitating, and integrating business transactions involving global public and private entities in numerous diversified industries. Other positions held at Ernst & Young include cross-border market leader of the transaction advisory services department, a partner of the audit practice and managing partner of the Stamford, Connecticut office. Mr. Cerbone is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Cerbone holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from Iona College. Mr. Cerbone’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive background and experience in accounting. Furthermore, he qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as such term is defined in the rules and regulations of the SEC, for our Audit Committee.

Joseph Cugine

Mr. Joseph Cugine is an Independent Director Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, effective from September 7, 2012. He has been a director on our Board since September 7, 2012. He is currently the president of BarFresh Food Group, Inc. (“BarFresh”), a publicly-traded manufacturer of pre-packaged all-natural blended beverages and the owner and partner of CKA Management, which owns and manages 70 Wendy’s and Taco Bell restaurant franchises in the tri-state area. Previously, Mr. Cugine was the president and co-owner of Argo Tea, a retail and wholesale tea company based in Chicago, from 2011-2014, and, prior to that, was chief customer officer and senior vice president of PepsiCo Foodservice division from 2004-2010. Prior to that role he held a series of general manager and sales leadership roles throughout PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Cugine serves as member of the board of directors of BarFresh, R4 Technology, the Elliot Group and is currently President of the Ridgefield Playhouse board. Mr. Cugine’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his more than 25 years of experience in the food distribution industry, as well as his general business and investing background.

Steven Goldstone

Mr. Steven F. Goldstone is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Mr. Goldstone has been a director on our Board since March 7, 2016. Mr. Goldstone is the non-executive chairman of Greenhill & Co. Previously, Mr. Goldstone was the non-executive chairman of ConAgra Foods, Inc. one of the largest manufacturers of packaged food products in the US. He has also previously been a director of two other New York Stock Exchange firms, American Standard Companies and Merck & Company, Inc. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Goldstone was chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. one of the world’s largest consumer product companies. Prior to joining RJR Nabisco, Inc., Mr. Goldstone was a partner in the New York City law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell (“Davis Polk”). As a Davis Polk partner from 1978 to 1995, Mr. Goldstone advised corporate clients on many of the largest national and international mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities matters of the day. Mr. Goldstone currently manages Silver Spring Group, a private investment firm. Mr. Goldstone is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended New York University School of Law. Mr. Goldstone’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions, his knowledge of the food industry, and his corporate governance expertise.

Alan Guarino

Mr. Alan Guarino is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc, Mr. Guarino has been a director on our Board since November 7, 2012. Mr. Guarino brings over 24 years of global recruiting and talent management experience to our Board. Currently, Mr. Guarino is the vice chairman of Global Financial Markets at Korn/Ferry International after having served as the global sector leader of FinTech, Electronic Trading, and Transaction Services at Korn/Ferry International from 2007 until April 2012. He also serves as a senior partner in the Board Services and CEO practice of Korn/Ferry International. Mr. Guarino also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Army Science Board and co-chairman of the board of directors of the Saint Pio Foundation 501(c)(3). In 1993, Mr. A. Guarino launched the start-up company Cornell International that grew into a top ranked firm engaged in retained executive search and strategic human resource consulting on Wall Street and was sold to Adecco in March of 2007. Prior to that role, he served as chief operating officer of Career Directions, a regional staffing firm, as a department head in Global Securities Processing at The Bank of New York and as a captain in the U.S. Army. From October 2014 through September 23, 2015, Mr. Guarino served on the board of directors of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., a publicly-traded company which provides proprietary cloud-based trading and portfolio management solutions. During his term, Mr. Guarino also served as a member of that company’s compensation committee. Mr. Guarino’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive knowledge of human resources, compensation matters and organizational development.

Stephen Hanson

Mr. Stephen Hanson is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. Mr. Hanson has been a director on our Board since July 27, 2011. He was the founder of B.R. Guest Restaurants, a New York multi-concept operator that began with one restaurant in 1987 and expanded to over 42 properties in New York City, Las Vegas and Florida. Mr. Hanson was also the president of B.R. Guest Restaurants until his retirement in December 2013. Mr. Hanson was a member of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Consumers Council for New York City, a position he has held since January 2011. Mr. Hanson also sits on the board of directors for Publicolor, a not-for-profit organization that uses color, collaboration, design and the painting process to empower students to transform themselves, their schools and their communities. Mr. Hanson earned a business degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1976. Mr. Hanson’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, as well as his general business and investing background.

Katherine Oliver

Ms. Katherine Oliver is an Independent Director of Chefs' Warehouse Inc. Ms. Oliver has been a director on our Board since November 3, 2015. Ms. Oliver brings over 25 years of media and entertainment experience to her appointment. She is known for her innovative branding strategies, business development expertise, creativity, and an unparalleled understanding and commitment to customer service. Ms. Oliver is a founding Principal at the global philanthropic consulting firm Bloomberg Associates, which was established by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help improve the lives of citizens in cities around the world. Ms. Oliver oversees the media and technology portfolio, advising mayors and international civic leaders on economic development and public communications strategies and helping them harness the power of media and technology to improve government services. Ms. Oliver also advises a diverse range of corporate, cultural and non-profit organizations, including Bloomberg L.P., on cutting-edge content creation and marketing strategies. Ms. Oliver also sits on the board of directors for 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. From 2002 to 2013, Ms. Oliver served under Mayor Bloomberg as New York City’s Commissioner of Media & Entertainment. During her tenure, New York’s media and entertainment industry saw its strongest growth in history, supporting 130,000 jobs and generating direct spending of $7.1 billion annually. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Ms. Oliver was the General Manager of Bloomberg Radio & Television. Ms. Olivers’ qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive knowledge of branding, content creation, and marketing strategy.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Christopher Pappas

2,356,200

John Pappas

1,296,450

James Leddy

885,416

Patricia Lecouras

648,123

Tim McCauley

--

Alexandros Aldous

823,716

Dominick Cerbone

135,513

Joseph Cugine

116,513

Steven Goldstone

112,513

Alan Guarino

119,013

Stephen Hanson

112,013

Katherine Oliver

107,763
As Of  28 Dec 2018