Robert Anderson – Former EVP, Walmart
Bob spent over 40 years in the grocery industry. During his career at Walmart, Mr. Anderson launched and ran the Great Value private label brand. Bob and his team were credited in building Great Value into the leading store brand program in the United States. Bob left Walmart in 2007 as the Vice President General Merchandise Manager (VP/GMM) over private label, with sales in excess of $15 billion. Currently, Bob is an independent consultant, working with investors and manufacturers on Store Brand programs.
Jeffrey Barbakow – Former Chairman and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Jeff is the former Chairman and CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Under his leadership from 1993 to 2003, Tenet became the nation’s second largest healthcare delivery system with 114 hospitals in 16 states. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Barbakow served as Chairman, CEO, and President of MGM/United Artists Communications Co. Prior to MGM/UA, Jeff spent 20 years as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, where he focused on entertainment, media, and healthcare clients and managed their LA office. Jeff is currently a member of the CEO Board of Advisors at the USC Marshall School of Business, the Chancellor’s Council at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and The Conference Board, Inc. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Bob Berenson – Former Vice Chairman, Grey Global Group
Bob is the former Vice Chairman and General Manager for Grey Global Group, one of the world’s largest communications companies. During his 40+ year tenure, he focused on account management and administration for the firm, which included 18 different communications disciplines such as direct marketing, Internet communications, public relations/public affairs, healthcare marketing, sales promotion, and media services. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory Board, Bob assists Gryphon in evaluating and managing investments in the advertising and marketing industries.
John Bowlin – Former President & CEO, SAB Miller & Kraft Foods International
John currently serves as a director of various privately held companies and is a member of both the audit committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee for Spectrum Brands where he has served as a director since 2004. In 2007, John was appointed Chairman of the Board of Spectrum. John served as President and CEO of SABMiller PLC and held several senior executive positions at Phillip Morris Companies, Inc., including CEO of Miller Brewing Company; President and CEO of Kraft Foods International; and President and COO of Kraft North American; and President of Oscar Meyer Food Corporation. Additional industry experience includes various positions at General Foods Corporation.
Elizabeth Culligan – Former President & COO, A&P Grocery Stores
Elizabeth led A&P, an $11 billion supermarket chain with operations in 15 states in the United States and Canada. The company’s 700 stores operated under a mix of trade names including A&P, Waldbaum’s, Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, SuperFresh, Farmer Jack, Kohl’s, Sav-a-Center, Food Basics, Dominion and the Barn. At A&P, she oversaw all operating functions, regional and store operations, merchandising, marketing and strategy, supply chain and logistics and real estate development and covered 80,000 full and part time employees.
David Kantor – Former Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton
David is principal and founder of DkantorAssociates, LLC, a firm that provides counseling services to senior management on strategy and organization and acts as advisor to private equity and technology start-ups focused on consumer goods and services. Since founding the firm in 2005, he has worked with the senior management teams of several of the large foods, packaged goods and agribusiness companies; provided strategic direction, portfolio consulting, acquisition support and identification of senior operating management for Gryphon Investors. Prior to founding DkantorAssociates, LLC, Mr. Kantor spent twenty four years with Booz Allen Hamilton consulting to the senior leadership teams of some of the world’s best known consumer goods companies.
Michael Kaufman – Former President, Metromedia Restaurant Group
Michael is president of the restaurant group of Centerplate, Inc., an $800 million provider of foodservice in sports, convention, and entertainment venues. Michael previously served as President of the Dallas-based Metromedia Restaurant Group, which comprised the well-known restaurant brands of Bennigan’s, Steak and Ale, Bonanza, and Ponderosa, serving the casual and family restaurant segments, and generating system sales in excess of $1.3 billion. As the elected Chairman of the 10 member Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association from 2008 – 2009, Michael initiated and led a comprehensive strategic review and plan for the $600 billion restaurant industry’s principal trade association. Michael has served on the NRA board since 2001 and on the Board of Trustees of the NRA’s Educational Foundation (2000 – 2009).
Steve LaMonte – Former President of Garden, Central Garden & Pet
Steve is the former President of the Garden segment of Central Garden & Pet, a $2 billion publicly traded company offering pet, lawn and garden supply products. Prior to joining Central, Steve was responsible for driving accelerated growth of Johnson & Johnsons’ over-the-counter drug business in Asia and Latin America. Additional previous roles include VP Global Innovation & Strategy at J&J Consumer Healthcare; VP Latin America & Integrated Growth Solutions at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare; and SVP/GM at Schering-Plough Consumer Healthcare. Earlier, Steve worked for Nestlé and Unilever building franchise value in the food and beverage categories.
Leslie Moeller – Former Managing Director-North America, Booz & Co.
Les is a former Managing Director at Booz & Co. where he led the company’s North American Practice. Previously, he led both the firm’s Consumer, Media and Retail Market and Global Sales and Marketing Service Practices. His primary area of expertise is helping firms develop new business models to drive growth and reduce cost. A noted authority, Les is the author of “The Better Half: The Artful Science of ROI Marketing,” which appeared in Booz & Co.’s strategy+business magazine and served as the catalyst for his book, “ The Four Pillars of Profit-Driven Marketing,” published in 2009 by McGraw-Hill.
Larry Peiros – Former EVP and COO, The Clorox Company
Larry is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Clorox Company, where he served for 32 years from 1980 to 2012 and held the COO role from 2007 to 2012. In addition to wielding overall responsibility for Clorox’s businesses, Larry also oversaw the Marketing, Sales, Research & Development and Product Supply functions, as well as Clorox’s Eco Office. Prior to his role as COO, Larry served as Group Vice President of the company’s Household Group from 1999 to 2007 and had overall responsibility for its U.S. Laundry and Home Care, Auto Care and Brita® water-filtration products businesses, as well as Clorox Canada. Larry currently serves as a Director on the boards of Ross Stores and Potlatch Corporation.
George Riedl – Former Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising, Walgreens
George Riedl is President of Advanced Marketing & Sales, a marketing, sales and consultancy agency that represents brand and private brand consumer products manufacturers to Walgreens. George is also the President at George Riedl & Associates Consulting. Previously, George spent 27 years with Walgreens. He served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising, overseeing all supplier negotiations, procurement, promotional planning, product marketing, and store merchandising for the entire $63 billion retail chain, including pharmacy, health and wellness, cosmetics, fashion, personal care, consumables, electronics, seasonal, sundries, private brands, and photofinishing. George also served as Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Innovation and Purchasing at Walgreens, overseeing enterprise-wide procurement of more than $30 billion of pharmaceuticals as well as all pharmacy innovation (retail and mail).
Chris Shimojima – Former VP, Global Digital Commerce, Nike
Chris is the CEO of Provide Commerce, a leading online provider of gifts such as flowers, chocolates and jewelry. Previously, Chris served as the Vice President, Global Digital Commerce of Nike, Inc. since 2006. In this position, Chris oversaw the direct-to-consumer ecommerce businesses globally for Nike Brand, Cole-Haan, Converse, and Hurley. Chris joined Nike from Sears Holdings Inc. where he served as the VP/GM of their direct-to-customer businesses that included Sears.com, Kmart.com, Kenmore.com, and a portfolio of specialty catalogs. Chris spent the first third of his professional career practicing classical brand management with companies like Tambrands, Nestlé and Pepsi-Cola.
Nick White – President & ECO, White & Associates
Nick is the founder of White & Associates, an international retail solutions firm focused on strategy, partnerships, logistics and concepts. Prior to founding his firm, Nick held numerous executive and management level positions with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Supercenter division; Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sam’s Wholesale Club. He serves as a director of Gold Toe Corporation, Oneida Ltd. and Playtex Products, Inc. White & Associates has worked with several emerging and industry leading retailers and suppliers providing insight into operations and improved efficiencies.