Board of Directors

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Lynn S. Blake has served as a member of the Board since September 2023. Ms. Blake served in various positions of increasing responsibility at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the investment management division of State Street Corporation, a financial services company, from 1987, including most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equity Beta Solutions, until she retired in 2021. She also led Corporate Governance and Asset Stewardship, ESG Research and ESG data management while at SSGA, with a particular focus during the last two years on transformation. Ms. Blake served as a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) investment advisory group from 2016 to 2021. She currently is a member of the board of Directors of WisdomTree, Inc., a global exchange-traded product sponsor and asset manager, where she serves on the compensation committee, the audit committee and the nominating and governance committee.

Ms. Blake has over thirty years of experience in the investment industry. Her deep financial and strategic expertise, as well as her institutional investor perspective, including her knowledge of environmental and social matters, bring valuable insight to our Board.

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Gloria R. Boyland has served as a member of the Board since January 2021 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Boyland is a retired senior executive of the FedEx Corporation, where she served as Corporate Vice President, Operations and Service Support from 2016 to 2020. While at FedEx, Ms. Boyland led advanced operations technology initiatives, electro mobility, network and fleet automation, service quality and customer experience improvements and new service offerings for the company. Prior to her tenure at FedEx, Ms. Boyland held leadership positions in various functions at GE Capital Corporation (GE), including Six Sigma Quality, mergers and acquisitions and acquisition integration. She also practiced for eight years as a commercial transactions and investment attorney at GE. Ms. Boyland currently serves on the boards of directors of Vontier Corporation and Aurora Innovation, Inc., and previously served as a member of the boards of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and UMRF Ventures, Inc. She has also served as a trustee of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art since 2020. In 2016, Ms. Boyland was appointed to the U.S. DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation. Prior to serving on its board, Ms. Boyland served as a strategic advisor to Aurora Technologies, LLC.

Ms. Boyland’s extensive experience leading operational transformation and customer service at global companies, coupled with her leading-edge, future-focused logistics and supply chain knowledge, make her a valuable member of our Board.

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Denise M. Clark has served as a member of the Board since February 2013. Ms. Clark serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and previously served on the Compensation Committee from 2014 to 2015. Ms. Clark served as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. from November 2012 until her retirement in March 2017. Prior to that role, Ms. Clark served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hasbro Inc. from October 2007 to November 2012. Ms. Clark also previously served at Mattel, Inc. as Global Chief Technology Officer and later as Chief Information Officer for the Fisher Price brand from January 2000 to February 2007. Ms. Clark’s previous experience includes two other consumer goods companies, Warner Music Group, formerly a division of Time Warner Inc., and Apple Inc. Ms. Clark has served as a director of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. since January 2023 and previously served as a director of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation from August 2021 to August 2022 and as a director and compensation committee chair of Caesars Entertainment Corporation from October 2018 to July 2020.

Ms. Clark has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of enterprise resource planning, digital platforms and innovative business transformation initiatives. Ms. Clark’s extensive expertise in corporate information technology, transformation initiatives and crisis management, allows her to provide the Company with valuable guidance on our strategic initiatives, especially as it relates to information technology solutions, cybersecurity and transformation efforts.

Sandy Douglas, Chief Executive Officer

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Sandy Douglas has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since August 2021. In October 2023, he assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer and President. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc. (Staples), an office retail company, from April 2018 to June 2021, which included leading that company’s business-to-business distribution platform. Prior to Staples, Mr. Douglas served as President of Coca-Cola North America, the flagship market of The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) and a $10 billion revenue business that includes finished goods, juice and foodservice businesses, until February 2018, overseeing all aspects of its consumer and business-to-business operations. During Mr. Douglas’ 30-year tenure at Coca-Cola, he also served as Global Chief Customer Officer and held a variety of positions across sales and marketing. Mr. Douglas began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company in sales and sales management positions. Since May 2020, Mr. Douglas has served as a member of the board of directors of Wawa Inc., a leading convenience retailer in the Eastern United States.

Mr. Douglas’s experience at large public companies, including his extensive experience leading consumer and business-to-business-to-consumer distribution operations and leadership development, brings valuable insight to the Board beyond the knowledge and insight he brings from being our Chief Executive Officer.

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Daphne J. Dufresne has served as a member of the Board since October 2016. Ms. Dufresne is Chair of the Compensation Committee and previously served on the Nominating and Governance Committee from 2016 to 2021 and the Audit Committee from 2017 to 2018. Ms. Dufresne has been a Managing Partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that specializes in acquisition, buyouts and turnaround of underperforming businesses, since January 2017. Ms. Dufresne was previously a Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity fund, from December 2005 to June 2016. Ms. Dufresne participated in building the RLJ investment team, raising capital to fund its operations and constructing a partnership with The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. Prior to that role, Ms. Dufresne was a Venture Partner during 2005 with Parish Capital Advisors, an investment fund for emerging and experienced institutional investors, and a Principal from 1999 to 2005 at Weston Presidio Capital, a private equity organization. She also served as Associate Director in 1997 in the Bank of Scotland’s Structured Finance Group. Ms. Dufresne previously served as a director of Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. from June 2015 to December 2022.

Ms. Dufresne’s professional experience, including her role as an equity investor for over 24 years, brings valuable knowledge and insight to our Board. Ms. Dufresne is very familiar with conducting due diligence, negotiating purchase and sale agreements and leading the Board during these processes. She also possesses experience in owning and managing enterprises like our Company and is familiar with corporate finance, strategic business planning activity and general issues that are important to stockholders.

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Michael S. Funk has been a member of the Board since February 1996 and served as Chair of the Board from January 2003 to December 2003 and again from September 2008 to December 2016. Mr. Funk served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2005 to September 2008. Mr. Funk also served as Vice Chair of the Board from February 1996 until December 2002, as our Chief Executive Officer from December 1999 until December 2002 and as our President from October 1996 until December 1999. Until January 1, 2019, Mr. Funk served as an executive advisor to the Company. From its inception in July 1976 until April 2001, Mr. Funk served as President of Mountain People’s Warehouse, Inc., now known as United Natural Foods West, Inc., one of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries. Mr. Funk has served on the board of Amy’s Kitchen since April 2023.

Mr. Funk’s extensive knowledge of our industry through his past service as our Chief Executive Officer brings to the Board valuable insight and a strong understanding of the natural and organic products distribution business. His deep institutional knowledge of our business and industry is valuable to the Board.

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James M. Loree has served as a member of the Board since September 2023. Mr. Loree most recently served as President and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., a leading industrial and consumer products company, from 2016 to 2022. Mr. Loree served as President and COO of the company from 2013 to 2016; COO from 2009 to 2013; EVP and CFO from 2002 to 2009; and VP and CFO from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Mr. Loree held positions of increasing responsibility in financial and operating management in business, corporate, and financial services at General Electric Company from 1980 to 1999. Mr. Loree served as a director of Stanley Black & Decker from 2016 to 2022 and Harsco Corporation from 2010 to 2016. He was chair of Harsco’s audit committee from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Loree currently serves on the board of Whirlpool Corporation, where he is a member of the audit committee and human resources committee and previously served on the corporate governance committee.

Mr. Loree is a seasoned transformational leader with more than four decades of experience across two global diversified industrial and consumer products businesses. His extensive experience in finance, operations, supply chain and logistics, risk management, sustainable business practices, and corporate governance, as well as broad expertise across the consumer sector, are a valuable addition to our Board.

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 Shamim Mohammad has served as a member of the Board since February 2022 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Mohammad currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer at CarMax Inc. (CarMax), the largest used car retailer in the United States, third largest wholesaler of used cars in the United States and a leading auto finance company, a position he has held since April 2021. Prior to then, he held various senior technology roles of increasing responsibility at CarMax since 2012. Prior to joining CarMax, Mr. Mohammad held information technology leadership roles at BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., Blockbuster, Inc. and TravelClick, Inc. In 2020, MIT Sloan selected Mr. Mohammad as the recipient of the CIO Leadership Award, which recognizes CIOs who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through the innovative use of technology. Mr. Mohammad is a registered CPA and is National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship CertifiedTM.

Mr. Mohammad’s experience overseeing the strategic use of technology at various companies throughout his career and his role in leading CarMax through a massive digital transformation in all areas of its business bring valuable insight to our Board as we navigate our own strategic transformation initiatives. He has strong financial oversight experience and brings with him a wealth of financial expertise. Mr. Mohammad’s proven track record in strategic leadership, development of forward-thinking technology solutions and business transformation make him a valuable member of our Board.

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James Muehlbauer has served as a member of the Board of Directors since April 2019. Mr. Muehlbauer serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee and previously served as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee from 2019 to 2020. Mr. Muehlbauer is a retired former executive officer of The Valspar Corporation, an American manufacturer of paint and coatings, where he served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that role, Mr. Muehlbauer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy Co., Inc. from 2007 to 2013.

Mr. Muehlbauer’s extensive finance, commercial and leadership experience with complex, multinational organizations provides him with background and experience in strategic planning, financial oversight, and large-scale business transformations. Mr. Muehlbauer’s knowledge and experience in broad strategic transitions and large-scale integration efforts are a valuable addition to our Board.

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James C. Pappas has served as a member of the Board since September 2023. Mr. Pappas founded JCP Investment Management in Houston in June 2009 and is the Managing Member and owner of the firm. From 2007 until 2009, he was a private investor, in addition to consulting with several businesses. From 2005 until 2007, he worked in the Investment Banking/Leveraged Finance Division of Goldman Sachs, where he advised private equity groups and corporations on appropriate leveraged buyout, recapitalization and refinancing alternatives. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Banc of America Securities, where he focused on consumer and retail investment banking. He currently serves as a director of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc., a direct-to-chef and restaurant specialty food platform, a position he has held since 2020, and as a director of Tandy Leather Factory, Inc., a specialty retailer and wholesale distributor of leather and leather related products, a position he has held since 2016. Mr. Pappas previously served on the boards of several public companies, including food-related businesses such as Jamba, Inc., The Pantry, Inc., and Morgan’s Foods, Inc. He currently also serves as Secretary for the Endowment Advisory Board of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Houston and on the Methodist Hospital Gastro Division’s Advisory Board in Houston.

Mr. Pappas’s thorough understanding of restaurant and food businesses, in addition to his expertise in corporate finance and experience on several public company boards, make him a valuable addition to our Board.

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Jack Stahl has served as a member of the Board since June 2019 and as Chair of the Board since August 2021. Mr. Stahl is a member of the Audit Committee and previously served as a member of the Compensation Committee from 2019 to 2020 and as Chair of the Compensation Committee from 2020 to 2021. Mr. Stahl has served as a member of the board of Catalent, Inc., a contract manufacturing and development company for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, since August 2014, and as its lead director since August 2023. Mr. Stahl served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon Inc. (Revlon), a multinational cosmetics, skin care, fragrance and personal care company, from 2002 until his retirement in 2006. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) from 2000 to 2001 after previously serving in various management positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Financial Officer, during a tenure with Coca-Cola which began in 1979. Today, Mr. Stahl also serves on the U.S. board of advisors of CVC Capital, a private equity firm. Additionally, he formerly served on the boards of Advantage Solutions LLC, Schering Plough Corporation, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Saks, Inc., Coty Inc. and Ahold Delhaize, and was chairman of the board of managers of New Avon LLC.

Mr. Stahl has extensive leadership and significant board experience. Mr. Stahl has a long-term record of profit and value driving performance in both stable and turnaround operating environments and significant experience with complex, large, and dynamic organizations. At Coca-Cola and Revlon, he gained significant skills and general management experience in building brands, maximizing customer relationships, and reducing costs, which bring valuable insight to the Board.