Bret D. Scholtes President and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew C. Johannesen Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John D. Held Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Dr. Mark E. Griffin President Animal Nutrition Division
Terry Olson President Nutegrity
Gregory P. Toups Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller
Matthew Phillips Chief Commercial Officer Nutegrity
Monty Deihl Senior Director Fishing Plant Operations
Bret D. Scholtes
President and Chief Executive Officer
BRET D. SCHOLTES has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 and as a director since February 28, 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Scholtes served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Development from April 2010 to December 2010 and as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 to December 2011. From 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Scholtes served as a Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services, a global energy investment firm. Prior to that, Mr. Scholtes held positions with two publicly traded energy companies. Mr. Scholtes also has five years of public accounting experience.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
ANDREW C. JOHANNESEN has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since January 1, 2012 and as Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer from July 2011 to December 2011. From December 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Johannesen served as Vice President and Treasurer of Westlake Chemical Corporation, a chemicals and plastic manufacturer. From 2007 to December 2010, Mr. Johannesen served as Vice President and Treasurer of RRI Energy, Inc. (formerly Reliant Energy, Inc.), an electricity and energy service provider, and Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of RRI from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Johannesen held various corporate development and finance positions at Reliant Energy and worked for Exxon Mobil Corporation and a major public accounting firm. Mr. Johannesen is a Certified Public Accountant.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
JOHN D. HELD has served as the Company’s General Counsel since March 2000, as Vice President of the Company from April 2002 to September 2002, as Senior Vice President from September 2002 to June 2006, as Secretary since September 2002 and as Executive Vice President since June 2006. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Held was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Residential Services, Inc., a then public company engaged in the consolidation of the air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical service industries. Prior to that, Mr. Held practiced law with Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
DR. MARK E. GRIFFIN has served as Vice President—Research and Development since July 2009 and as Senior Vice President—R&D and Sales and Marketing since January 1, 2011. From April 2009 to July 2009, Dr. Griffin served as Technical Director of the Specialty Group of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC, a co-operative of agricultural producers and marketer of agriculture food products. From 2003 to April 2009, Dr. Griffin served as Director of the Zoo and Aquaculture divisions of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC. Dr. Griffin also previously held several positions in the aquaculture, companion animal, zoo and private label divisions of Purina Mills, Inc. and Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed, LLC.
TERRY OLSON has served as President – Human Nutrition Division since June 2013 and as President of Wisconsin Specialty Protein, LLC (acquired by the Company in February 2013) since November 2010. From May 2007 to October 2010, Mr. Olson served as a Vice President and General Manager – Paper Towels at Georgia Pacific Corporation, a manufacturer of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. From September 1998 to March 2007, Mr. Olson worked at Unilever PLC, an international global consumer products company, most recently as Vice President – Brand Development – Beverages/New Vitality and in other brand and business management positions prior thereto.
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller
GREGORY P. TOUPS has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since June 2011, as the Company’s Vice President and Controller since May 2008, as Controller since May 2005, and as Assistant Controller from March 2005 to May 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Toups was employed by the accounting firms Kushner LaGraize LLC, from November 2001 to March 2005, and by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, from January 1998 to November 2001. Mr. Toups is a Certified Public Accountant.
MATTHEW W. PHILLIPS has served as Chief Commercial Officer since July 2013 and President of Cyvex Nutrition, Inc. (acquired by the Company in December 2010) since March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Phillips served as Vice President, Marketing and Sales American/Europe for BI Nutraceuticals, a botanical ingredient supplier, from January 2002 until March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Phillips held sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with various botanical, nutrition and wellness companies.
MONTGOMERY C. DEIHL has served as the Company's Senior Director – Fishing Plant Operations since April 2012 and as General Manager of the Company's Reedville, Virginia facility from August 2009 to April 2012. Prior to joining the Company in August 2009, Mr. Deihl was a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Corporation (supply chain management) from July 2007 to July 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Deihl served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 2007, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Deihl is a fifth generation menhaden fisherman.