Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Board of Directors Elects Norman H. Wesley as Chairman; David Mackay as Independent Director Interim Chairman Michael J. Mardy Returns to Role as Audit Chair
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, today announced several changes to its Board of Directors including the election of Norman H. Wesley to the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and the appointment of A.D. “David” Mackay as an independent Director. Michael J. Mardy, who had previously served as interim Chairman of the Board, will continue in his role as Audit Committee Chair. Effective December 12, 2012, Mr. Mackay became a Class III Director with a term that expires at the Company's 2014 Annual Meeting where he will stand for election by shareholders. His addition expands GMCR's Board of Directors to ten members, eight of whom are independent.
Mr. Wesley, stated, “I am honored to assume the Chairmanship of such an innovative and dynamic company and would like to formally thank Mike Mardy for undertaking that responsibility on an interim basis. Our Board also is pleased to welcome David Mackay, a highly accomplished executive, to the Board. It remains clear to our entire Board that GMCR is executing against a substantial opportunity, and the new leadership on the Board, and recently appointed CEO, Brian Kelly, positions the company for success.”
A.D. “David” Mackay, 57, served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg Company from December 2006 to January 2011 and as its President from August 2003 to January 2011. Prior to that experience, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kellogg from 2003 to 2006.
In addition to his rich consumer product background Mackay brings significant international experience to the Board of GMCR, derived from his roles at Kellogg Australia, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, as well as his role as Managing Director of Sara Lee Bakery in Australia. Mr. Mackay is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Beam, Inc., serves on the Board of Directors of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., and Woolworths Ltd. Australia. He previously served as a Director of Kellogg Company and of Fortune Brands, Inc.
Mr. Mackay stated, “Through its ability to marry consumer insight and real innovation, GMCR has driven extraordinary growth in the coffee category and I believe the Company can further leverage its single-serve expertise to drive additional category expansion and opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind that the Company has a unique platform, a strong connection with the consumer and a great opportunity to deliver on its financial goals. I look forward to getting to know my fellow directors and collectively focusing on the long-term operating success of the Company.”
About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating a portion of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.
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