Jim Cracchiolo has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ameriprise Financial since September 2005, when the company, American Express Financial Corporation, completed its spin-off from American Express Company. Mr. Cracchiolo has 34 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to his current role, he held a number of senior-level positions at American Express, including chairman and chief executive and president and chief executive officer of American Express Financial Corporation (2000-2005), and group president, global financial services of American Express (2000-2005). He served as chairman of American Express Bank Ltd. (2000 – 2005) and served as president and chief executive officer of Travel Related Services International (1998 – 2003). Mr. Cracchiolo joined American Express in 1982. He is an advisor to the March of Dimes and is a member of Business Roundtable and The Financial Services Roundtable. Mr. Cracchiolo holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and a master’s of business administration degree in finance, both from New York University. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in New York State and is certified as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal in the United States.
Dianne Neal Blixt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reynolds American Inc. from 2004 until her retirement in 2007. She has been a director of Lorillard, Inc. since January 2011. Ms. Blixt previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., (2003 – 2004) and also served in various roles of increasing responsibility with Reynolds American Inc. and its subsidiaries since 1988. Ms. Blixt previously served on the board of directors of LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. and Metavante Technologies, Inc. and is also the chair person for the board of trustees for the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
Amy DiGeso was most recently an Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Ms. DiGeso retired from her position in 2013 and will remain with the Company as Executive Vice President, Senior Advisor to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman and Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer through June 2014. Prior to rejoining The Estée Lauder Companies in 2005, Ms. DiGeso was Managing Partner, Human Capital, responsible for global human resources at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a worldwide professional services firm with over 125,000 employees in 142 countries. She has also served as President of Popular Club, a direct marketing/sales subsidiary of Macy’s, Inc., and held a number of executive management positions at Mary Kay Inc., including that of Chief Executive Officer. Earlier in her career she held positions of increasing responsibility at Bankers Trust Company, the American Express Company and Olivetti Corporation of America. She worked previously at The Estée Lauder Companies as Executive Director of Human Resources. Ms. DiGeso is a Pennsylvania State University Alumni Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and an MBA from Fordham University.
Lon R. Greenberg is Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of UGI Corporation, a distributor and marketer of energy products and services including propane, butane, natural gas and electricity. Mr. Greenberg joined UGI in 1980 and held various positions until he became CEO in 1995, a position he held through April 2013. Mr. Greenberg is also Chairman of AmeriGas Propane, Inc. Prior to joining UGI, Mr. Greenberg received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and continued his education at Villanova Law School and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. After clerking for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, he joined the law firm of Morgan Lewis. Mr. Greenberg also serves on the boards of directors of: AmerisourceBergen Corporation; Aqua America, Inc.; Temple University and Temple University Health System (he currently serves as Chairman; United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southeastern New Jersey (currently serves as its Treasurer and Chairman). Mr. Greenberg is a former Chairman of the World LP Gas Association and currently serves as a member of its Board of Directors.
Siri S. Marshall served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary and chief governance and compliance officer at General Mills, Inc., having retired from those positions in 2008. Prior to joining General Mills in 1994, Ms. Marshall was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Avon Products, Inc. Ms. Marshall is also a director of Equifax, Inc., Alphatec Holdings, Inc., and the Yale Center for the Study of Corporate Law. She has served as a director of NovaCare, Inc., Jafra Cosmetics International, Snack Ventures Europe, BioHorizons, Inc. and the American Arbitration Association. She has also served as a member of The New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee. Ms. Marshall was the recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award in 2011.
Jeffrey Noddle served as chairman of the board of directors of SUPERVALU INC. from 2002 until he retired in 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Noddle held a number of other leadership positions at SUPERVALU, including chief executive officer (2001-2010), president and chief operating officer (2000-2001), corporate executive vice president and president and chief operating officer of SUPERVALU’s distribution food companies, corporate vice president — merchandising and president of the company’s Fargo and former Miami divisions. Mr. Noddle serves as a member of the boards of directors of The Clorox Company and Donaldson Company, Inc. He is also a former chairman of the Food Marketing Institute.
H. Jay Sarles is retired, having most recently served as vice chairman of Bank of America Corporation. Prior to that, he served as vice chairman and chief administrative officer of FleetBoston Financial with responsibility for administrative functions, risk management, technology and operations, treasury services, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. During his 37 years at Fleet, Mr. Sarles oversaw virtually all of Fleet’s businesses at one time or another, including the company’s wholesale banking businesses from 2001 to 2003. These included commercial finance, real estate finance, capital markets, global services, industry banking, middle market and large corporate lending, small business services and investment banking businesses. Mr. Sarles is also a member of the boards of directors of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and ConnectEDU.
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. retired in November 2010, having most recently served as a senior advisor to ConAgra Foods, Inc. Previous to that role, he had served in a variety of senior positions since he started with ConAgra in 2005, including President of Commercial Foods (2008-2010) and Chief Administrative Officer (2005-2009). From 2002 until joining ConAgra, Mr. Sharpe was a partner at the Brunswick Group LLC, an international financial public relations firm. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president — public affairs, secretary and general counsel for PepsiCo, Inc. (1998 to 2002). Previously, Mr. Sharpe was senior vice president and general counsel for RJR Nabisco, Inc. Mr. Sharpe is a member of the board of directors of Swedish Match AB.
Mr. Williams is chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Williams Capital Group, L.P., a financial services firm that provides equity, fixed income, corporate finance and financial advisory related services to corporate, governmental and municipal investors. He established the firm in 1994 after working in fixed income and trading positions at Lehman Brothers and Jefferies & Company. Mr. Williams serves as a director for the Clorox Company, Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation and Cox Enterprises. He is also Chairman of The Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.