Board of Directors

John Held, Independent Director and Chairman of our Board of Directors

Mr. Held first joined the Company’s Board on May 18, 2018 and has served as Board Chair since September 2020. Mr. Held is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Held has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Omega Protein Company, a nutritional specialty oils and proteins products company, since 2006, and has served as General Counsel since 2000. In 2014, Mr. Held founded the Byzantium Group, a private security and investigations company, where he served as Board Chair. Prior to working with Omega Protein Company, Mr. Held was General Counsel at American Residential Services, Inc., and also practiced corporate and securities law with a large international law firm. Since April 2021, Mr. Held has served on the Board of Directors of Ajna BioSciences, a botanical drug development company. Mr. Held holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.

Jacques Tortoroli, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Tortoroli joined the Company’s Board of Directors on November 14, 2019 and became CEO on December 16, 2021. From November 2014 to September 2020, Mr. Tortoroli served as the President of Bacardi International Limited and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Bacardi Ltd, the world’s largest privately-held spirits company, where he was responsible for the company’s finance, strategy, operations, e-commerce, data insights, and global supply chain. In October 2019, Mr. Tortoroli was named the Executive in Residence and Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Student Career Services at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He is also Chair of the Board and Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Gameday Gateway, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Mr. Tortoroli holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, and he is a CPA.‎

Jean Birch, Independent Director

Ms. Birch joined the Company’s Board on July 10, 2020. Since July 2020, Ms. Birch has served as the Chair of the Company’s Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Since 2007, Ms. Birch has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of her own strategy and leadership consulting practice, Birch Company, LLC. In July 2021, Ms. Birch was named as Lead Director at NextPoint Financial Inc., a TSX-listed company, where she also chairs the Nomination and Governance Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Since February 2018, she’s been a director of Forrester Research, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed global research and advisory firm, where she currently serves as Chair of that Board’s Audit Committee. Ms. Birch has previously served as a director of CorePoint Lodging, Inc. from September 2018 until March 2022. Ms. Birch was a director of Jack in the Box from June 2019 through February 2021. Ms. Birch served as a member of the Board of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. from April 2015 until May 2019, and served as Chair of the Board of Papa Murphy’s from September 2016 until May 23, 2019, when the company was sold to MTY Food Group. Ms. Birch was appointed President and CEO of Papa Murphy’s in December 2016 and served in that position until July 2017. Ms. Birch holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Oriental Studies from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Susan Vogt, Independent Director

Ms. Vogt has been a director of the Company since September 3, 2020. Ms. Vogt is a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Since September 2019, Ms. Vogt has served on the Board of Directors of Sharps Compliance Corp, a publicly-held Nasdaq-listed medical waste management company, where she serves on the Governance Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committee. In October 2018, Ms. Vogt joined the Board of Anika Therapeutics Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company, where she currently serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and as a designated audit committee financial expert member of its Audit Committee. Ms. Vogt previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aushon Biosystems, Inc., a developer of a multiplex immunoassay platform from 2013 until the company was acquired by Quanterix Corporation in January 2018. Ms. Vogt received her M.B.A. from Boston University with a concentration in Finance and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Art History.

Thomas Lardieri, Independent Director

Mr. Lardieri is a global finance executive with extensive experience interacting with boards and audit committees. Since September of 2020, Mr. Lardieri has served on the Advisory Board and as the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Onyx Companies, a real estate development company. Mr. Lardieri served as Senior Vice President of Finance at ViacomCBS Inc. from December 2019 to February 2020, where he worked with the Chief Transformation Officer to integrate the Viacom and CBS finance organizations following the merger of the companies. Mr. Lardieri served as Viacom’s Senior Vice President, Global Financial Operations from 2014 until 2019. Mr. Lardieri joined Viacom Inc. as VP & Controller of MTV Networks and had, among other responsibilities, a leadership role in the successful implementation of its Global Enterprise Reporting Systems. Before joining Viacom in 2011, Mr. Lardieri served as SVP & Controller at PepsiCo. Inc.’s Pepsi-Cola Beverages division from 2010 to 2011. Prior to the Beverages division, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Lardieri served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the Pepsi Bottling Group, a publicly-traded company and the world's largest bottler of Pepsi-Cola beverages. Prior to that role, Mr. Lardieri was Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Audit Executive at PepsiCo Inc. from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Lardieri began his career at PepsiCo Inc. in the position of Senior Accountant in 1988. Before joining PepsiCo Inc., Mr. Lardieri held positions at Arthur Young and Grant Thornton. Mr. Lardieri holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (CPA program) degree from Pace University New York.