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
Mark A. Livingston Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller
Dr. Mark E. Griffin President Animal Nutrition Division
Joseph R. Vidal President - Human Nutrition Division
Monty C. Deihl Vice President of 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 2012 and as a director since February 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 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 products 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 from 2005 to 2007 served as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of RRI. 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 Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since June 2006 and has served as General Counsel and various other executive officer positions with the Company since 2000. 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.
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Livingston served as the Director of Financial Reporting since June 2012 at ION Geophysical Corporation (“ION”), a geoscience company providing seismic services to the oil and gas industry. Prior to that position, Mr. Livingston was the Director of Internal Audit at ION since March 2008. Before joining ION, Mr. Livingston served as Director of Internal Audit at Symetra Financial Corporation and Qwest Communications Inc. Additionally, Mr. Livingston worked in internal audit positions at other public companies and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP, nationally based accounting firms. Mr. Livingston is a Certified Public Accountant.
DR. MARK E. GRIFFIN has served as President — Animal Nutrition Division since June 2013, as Vice President — Research and Development from July 2009 to December 2010 and as Senior Vice President — R&D and Sales and Marketing since January 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.
JOSEPH R. VIDAL has served since 2005 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., a subsidiary acquired by the Company in September 2014 (“Bioriginal”). Prior thereto, Mr. Vidal served as Bioriginal’s Chief Financial Officer since 1999. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Vidal was employed by Hitachi Canadian Industries, a turbine and generator manufacturer, where his career included positions as General Manager, Deputy General Manager, Production Manager, and Accounting and Human Resources Manager. Mr. Vidal's experience also includes eight years with KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, where he was a manager in the Accounting Systems group in the Saskatoon, Canada office and manager of the Information Technology Group in Toronto, Canada.
MONTGOMERY C. DEIHL has served as the Company’s Vice President — Operations since March 2015, as Senior Director of Operations from January 2015 to March 2015, as Senior Director — Fishing Plant Operations from April 2012 to January 2015, 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.