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Board of Directors

Noam Gottesman Co-Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2014

Noam Gottesman, our co-founder and co-Chairman is the Founder and Managing Partner of TOMS Capital LLC, which he founded in 2012. Mr. Gottesman is also co-CEO and a director and founder of Go Acquisition Corp., a Delaware blank check company and a director and founder of N2. Mr. Gottesman serves as a non-executive director of Radius Global Infrastructure Inc. (previously known as Digital Landscape Group, Inc. and prior to that known as Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited), a global aggregator of real property interests underlying wireless telecommunications cell sites. Mr. Gottesman was the co-founder of GLG Partners Inc. and its predecessor entities where he served in various chief executive capacities until January 2012. Mr. Gottesman served as GLG’s chief executive officer from September 2000 until September 2005, and then as its co-chief executive officer from September 2005 until January 2012. Mr. Gottesman was also chairman of the board of GLG following its merger with Freedom Acquisition Holdings Inc. and prior to its acquisition by Man Group plc. Mr. Gottesman co-founded GLG as a division of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in 1995 where he was a Managing Director. Prior to 1995, Mr. Gottesman was an executive director of Goldman Sachs International, where he managed global equity portfolios in the private client group.

Sir Martin Ellis Franklin, KGCN Co-Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2014

Sir Martin Ellis Franklin, KGCN, our co-founder and co-Chairman is the founder and CEO of Mariposa Capital, LLC, a Miami-based family investment firm focused on long-term value creation across various industries, and Chairman and controlling shareholder of Royal Oak Enterprises, LLC. Sir Martin is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of Element Solutions Inc (previously known as Platform Specialty Products Corporation), and coChairman of APi Group Corporation (previously known as J2 Acquisition Limited). In addition, Sir Martin is the co-Chairman and a director and founder of N2 Acquisition Holdings, Corp., a Delaware blank check company (“N2”), and a director and founder of Brimstone Acquisition Holdings Corp., a Delaware blank check company. Sir Martin was the co-founder and Chairman of Jarden Corporation ("Jarden") from 2001 until April 2016 when Jarden merged with Newell Brands Inc ("Newell"). Sir Martin became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jarden in 2001, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2011, at which time he began service as Executive Chairman. Prior to founding Jarden in 2001, Sir Martin served as the Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of three public companies: Benson Eyecare Corporation, Lumen Technologies, Inc., and Bollé Inc. between 1992 and 2000. In the last five years, Sir Martin served as a director of the following public companies: Newell Brands, Inc., Restaurant Brands International Inc. and Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (until its transaction with Tim Hortons, Inc. and the creation of Restaurant Brands International Inc. in December 2014).

Ian G.H. Ashken Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2016

Ian G.H. Ashken serves as a director of APi Group Corporation and Element Solutions Inc. Previously, Mr. Ashken was the co-founder of Jarden and served as its Vice Chairman and President until the consummation of Jarden’s business combination with Newell in April 2016. Mr. Ashken was appointed to the Jarden board on June 25, 2001 and served as Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from September 24, 2001. Mr. Ashken was Secretary of Jarden until February 15, 2007 and Chief Financial Officer until June 12, 2014. Prior to Jarden, Mr. Ashken served as the Vice Chairman and/or Chief Financial Officer of three public companies, Benson Eyecare Corporation, Lumen Technologies, Inc. and Bollé Inc. between 1992 and 2000. Mr. Ashken is also a director or trustee of a number of private companies and charitable institutions. During the last five years, Mr. Ashken also previously served as a director of Newell Brands, Inc.

Stéfan Descheemaeker Chief Executive Officer

Joined: 2015

Stéfan Descheemaeker was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Nomad Foods on June 1, 2015.

He was previously at Delhaize Group SA, the international food retailer, where he was Chief Financial Officer between 2008 and 2011 before becoming Chief Executive Officer of its European division until October 2013. Since leaving Delhaize Group SA, Mr. Descheemaeker held board positions with Telenet Group Holdings N.V. and Group Psychologies, served as an industry advisor to Bain Capital and is currently a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Between 1996 and 2004, Mr. Descheemaeker was Head of Strategy & External Growth at Interbrew (now Anheuser-Busch InBev) and was responsible for managing M&A and strategy, culminating with the merger between Interbrew and AmBev that created the world's largest brewer. After that Mr. Descheemaeker held senior management roles as Zone President in the U.S., Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe between 2004 and 2008.

Mr. Descheemaeker started his career with Cobepa, at that time the Benelux investment company of BNP-Paribas. Mr. Descheemaeker served as a Director on the Board of ABInBev, a position he has held from 2008 to 2019. Since June 2019, SDS Invest S.A represented by. Mr. Descheemaeker has served as Chairman of the Board of Verlinvest.


James E. Lillie Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2015

James E. Lillie has served as co-Chairman of APi Group Corporation since October 2019, and previously served as its director from October 2017. Mr. Lillie has also served on the board of directors of Tiffany & Co. from February 2017 to January 2021. He served as Jarden’s Chief Executive Officer from June 2011 until the consummation of Jarden’s business combination with Newell in April 2016. He joined Jarden in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and was named President in 2004 and CEO in June 2011. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Lillie served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Moore Corporation, Limited. From 1999 to 2000, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Walter Industries, Inc., a Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company (KKR) portfolio company. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Lillie held a succession of senior level management positions across a variety of disciplines including human resources, manufacturing, finance and operations at World Color, Inc., another KKR portfolio company.

Stuart M. MacFarlane Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2019

Stuart M. MacFarlane joined the Whitbread Beer Company in 1992, which was later acquired by Interbrew and, subsequently ABInBev. At ABInBev, Mr. MacFarlane held various senior roles throughout the course of his career, including in Finance, Marketing, Sales and as Managing Director for the company's business in Ireland. He was appointed President of ABInBev UK & Ireland in 2008 and in 2012 became a member of the Executive Board of Management, serving as President of Central & Eastern Europe. Mr. MacFarlane most recently served as ABInBev's President of a combined Europe & Middle East from 2014 to May 2019. Mr. MacFarlane served as a director and member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Anadolu EFES, a brewer company, until May 28, 2019. He previously served as a director of ABI-EFES Russia & Ukraine, a joint venture of Anadolu EFES and ABInBev. Mr. MacFarlane has a degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University in the UK and is also a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

Lord Myners of Truro CBE Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2014

Lord Myners is Chancellor of the University of Exeter and a member of Court and Council of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He served as the Financial Services Secretary in Her Majesty’s Treasury, the United Kingdom’s finance ministry, from October 2008 to May 2010. Prior to his service at the Treasury, Lord Myners served as chairman or a member of the board of several organizations, including as chairman of Guardian Media Group from 2000 to 2008, director of GLG Partners Inc. from 2007 to 2008, Director of Land Securities Group plc from 2006 to 2008 (chairman from 2007 to 2008), chairman of Marks & Spencer plc from 2004 to 2006, and chairman of Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd from 2002 to 2007. Lord Myners served as chairman of Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited (now known as Element Solutions Inc) from April 2013 until its business combination with MacDermid, Incorporated in October 2013. He also served as the chairman of Justice Holdings Limited, a special purpose acquisition company, from February 2011 until its business combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc. in June 2012. From 1986 to 2001, he served as a director of Gartmore Investment Management Limited. He has also served in an advisory capacity to the United Kingdom Treasury and the United Kingdom Department of Trade & Industry, with particular focus on corporate governance practices. Other positions held by Lord Myners have included chairman of the Trustees of Tate, chairman of the Low Pay Commission, a member of the Court of the Bank of England, a member of the Investment Board of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. Lord Myners has served as a director of APi Group Corporation since September 2017 and previously served as Chair of APi Group Corporation from September 2017 until October 2019. Lord Myners is currently serving as a non-executive director of Windmill Hill Asset Management. He is vice chairman of Global Counsel, chairman and a partner of Cevian Capital LLP and Chairman of Daniel J Edelman (UK). Lord Myners is a graduate, with honors, from University of London and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter. He is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and an Executive Fellow at London Business School. He is a crossbench member of the UK’s House of Lords, the senior chamber in Parliament.

Victoria Parry Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2016

Victoria Parry was Global Head of Product Legal for Man Group plc until April 2013 and now acts as an independent non-executive director to the funds industry. Prior to the merger of Man Group plc with GLG Partners, Inc. in 2010, she was Senior Legal Counsel for GLG Partners LP. Ms. Parry joined Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in April 1996 where she was Legal Counsel with responsibility for inter alia the activities of the GLG Partners division and left Lehman Brothers in September 2000 upon the establishment of GLG Partners LP. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 1996 Ms. Parry practiced as a solicitor with a leading London based firm of solicitors. Ms. Parry graduated from University College Cardiff, with a LLB (Hons) in 1986. Ms. Parry is a non-practicing solicitor and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. Ms. Parry is a director of a number of other companies.

Golnar Khosrowshahi Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2021

Golnar Khosrowshahi has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Reservoir, an award-winning independent music company based in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Toronto, and Abu Dhabi, since July 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Khosrowshahi worked in a number of different roles in advertising, design and experiential marketing, including as the Global Brand Manager at Euro RSCG, a division of Havas Advertising, for Fortune 500 companies such as Philips Electronics and MCI Telecommunications. Ms. Khosrowshahi serves as a Director on the board of Restaurant Brands International, as current Director and former Board Chair at Silkroad, a musical collective founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 (since September 2013), and as a Director on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association, a trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners (since June 2015). She also served on the Steering Committee for the Asia Society’s Triennial of Asia and the ASCAP Board of Review.

Melanie Stack Independent Non-Executive Director

Joined: 2021

Melanie Stack has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Protein, a medically-based weight-loss company, since November 2018. Prior to joining Ideal Protein, Ms. Stack served as President EMEA of Newell Home Fragrance Division from May 2014 to September 2018. Prior to that, Ms. Stack served as a Non Executive Director of Bromley Healthcare, a leading provider of community health services in the United Kingdom, from May 2013 to May 2014, in various roles at Weight Watchers International, a leading provider of weight management services, from December 2003 to May 2013, ran the UK-based toy, game and trading card operations for Hasbro, Inc. from January 2002 to November 2003 and served as the Vice President for from November 2000 to January 2002. Prior to joining, Ms. Stack was Managing Director, Hedstrom, U.K. from August 1998 to October 2000, and from July 1989 to July 1998 she held various marketing positions at Mattel UK Ltd., including Group Marketing Director. Ms. Stack is a business graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Samy Zekhout Chief Financial Officer

Joined: 2018

Samy Zekhout has served as Chief Financial Officer of Nomad since April 1, 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zekhout most recently served as CFO and Vice President of Global Grooming at Procter & Gamble since 2007. Mr. Zekhout has held various finance roles at Procter & Gamble throughout the course of his more than 30-year career at that company. From February 2021, Mr. Zekhout is now also a board member of Algama, a French food-tech start-up.

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