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Robert C. Cantwell, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Robert C. Cantwell

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Robert "Bob" Cantwell is President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods, and has been a director since 2005. Mr. Cantwell joined B&G Foods in 1983 as Assistant Vice President of Finance. In that position, Mr. Cantwell had responsibility for all financial reporting and budgeting. Mr. Cantwell was promoted to Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 1991, assuming full responsibility for all financial matters, as well as management information systems, administration and corporate human resources. Mr. Cantwell was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2015. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Cantwell spent four years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he received accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Cantwell is active in industry trade groups and serves on the Chairman's Advisory Council of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and on the board of directors of the Snack Food Association.

Amy J. Chiovari, Corporate Controller and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Amy J. Chiovari

Corporate Controller and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Amy Chiovari is Corporate Controller and Interim Chief Financial Officer, a position she has held since March 2017. While serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Chiovari is responsible for all financial and accounting matters. Ms. Chiovari joined B&G Foods in 1996 serving in various capacities within our finance and accounting department over the years. In those capacities, Ms. Chiovari has been responsible for many functions, including, corporate accounting, corporate finance, financial reporting, treasury, tax and internal control over financial reporting. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Chiovari practiced at Ernst & Young LLP, where she received accreditation as a certified public accountant.

Eric H. Hart, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer

Eric H. Hart

Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer

Eric Hart is Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer of B&G Foods. Mr. Hart joined B&G Foods in February 2015 as Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer and was promoted to his current position in January 2016. Eric is responsible for all Human Resources functions for our company, including: strategic HR organizational planning, compensation and benefits planning, talent acquisition, employee development and compliance with HR-related regulations and company practices. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Hart held various managerial positions within Human Resources for over 25 years. Mr. Hart joined B&G Foods from LifeCell, where he served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Hart held Human Resources leadership positions at Avaya, including Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits, Senior Director of Human Resources for Avaya Global Services and Director of Human Resources from 2007 to 2014. Mr. Hart also held Human Resources managerial positions at Mars and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

William F. Herbes, Executive Vice President of Operations

William F. Herbes

Executive Vice President of Operations

Bill Herbes is Executive Vice President of Operations, a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Herbes is responsible for our operations department, including all manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, purchasing and planning functions. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Herbes gained 24 years experience in operations and supply chain management at Warner Lambert and its successor companies, Pfizer and Cadbury Schweppes. Most recently, Mr. Herbes served as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Cadbury Schweppes and also worked with leading consumer packaged goods companies as an independent consultant.

Scott E. Lerner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Scott E. Lerner

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Scott Lerner is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Lerner joined our company in 2005 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Lerner was promoted to Executive Vice President and in 2009 he was given the added responsibility of being our Chief Compliance Officer, a then newly created position. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Lerner was an associate in the corporate & securities and mergers & acquisitions practice groups at the international law firm Dechert LLP.

Vanessa E. Maskal, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Vanessa E. Maskal

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Vanessa Maskal is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Maskal first joined B&G Foods in 1999 as Senior Brand Manager and after a brief hiatus returned to the company in 2003 as Director of Direct Store Delivery Sales. Ms. Maskal was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales in November 2006. Ms. Maskal assumed responsibility for marketing in October 2008. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Ms. Maskal held senior positions at IBC Inc., Drake Bakeries and Whatman Inc.

Bruce C. Wacha, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Bruce C. Wacha

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Bruce C. Wacha is Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Wacha joined B&G Foods in August 2017 and oversees B&G Foods’ corporate strategy and business development, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets transactions and investor relations. Before joining B&G Foods, Mr. Wacha served as chief financial officer and executive director of Amira Nature Foods Ltd. (NYSE: ANFI), from June 2014 to August 2017. Mr. Wacha continues to serve as a director of Amira Nature Foods. Prior to that, Mr. Wacha spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry at Deutsche Bank Securities, Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities, where he advised corporate clients across the food, beverage and consumer products landscape.

William H. Wright, Executive Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research & Development

William H. Wright

Executive Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research & Development

William Wright is Executive Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research & Development, a position he has held since February 2010. Mr. Wright joined B&G Foods in 1998 as Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research & Development and also assumed responsibility for Consumer Affairs. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Wright accumulated 30 years of supervision and management experience in maintenance, manufacturing and operations at Johnson & Johnson and as a plant manager at First Quality Products.

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Stephen C. Sherrill, Chairman of the Board

Stephen C. Sherrill

Chairman of the Board

Stephen Sherrill has been a director since B&G Foods’ formation in 1996 and has been Chairman since 2005. Mr. Sherrill is a founder and has been a Managing Director of Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., Inc. (BRS) since its formation in 1995. BRS was the controlling stockholder of B&G Foods from its formation in 1996 until its initial public offering in 2004. Mr. Sherrill was an officer of Citicorp Venture Capital from 1983 until 1994. Prior to that, he was an associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Sherrill currently serves as a director of Royal Robbins, Inc. and Gamo Outdoor, SL, and has previously served as a director of, among others, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc., Remington Arms Company, Inc., Reliance Electric Company and Zatarain’s Brands Inc.

Committee Membership

 Compensation Committee
Robert C. Cantwell, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Robert C. Cantwell

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Robert "Bob" Cantwell is President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods, and has been a director since August 2005. Mr. Cantwell joined B&G Foods in 1983 as Assistant Vice President of Finance. In that position, Mr. Cantwell had responsibility for all financial reporting, including budgeting. Mr. Cantwell was promoted to Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 1991, assuming full responsibility for all financial matters, as well as management information systems, data processing, administration and corporate human resources. Mr. Cantwell was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2015. He continued to serve as Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis until his successor for that position was appointed in March 2015. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Cantwell spent four years at Deloitte & Touche, where he received accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant.

DeAnn L. Brunts, Director

DeAnn L. Brunts

Director

DeAnn Brunts has been a director of B&G Foods since May 2015. Ms. Brunts has been serving as the chief financial officer of Solaray, LLC, a privately held full service category management and merchandising services provider of general merchandise to a variety of retailers, including convenience stores, since January 2017. Ms. Brunts also served as the chief financial officer of Transworld Systems, Inc., a privately held debt collection agency, from 2015 to 2016, Maverik, Inc., a privately held convenience/gas/fresh food store chain, from 2012 to 2014, Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc., a privately held food manufacturer and distributor, from 2011 to 2012 and Merlin-International, a privately held information technology company, in 2010. Prior to that Ms. Brunts served in several roles at Tatum LLC, a privately held executive and consulting services company specializing in finance, accounting and technology services, from 2006 to 2009, most recently as the central region managing partner of Tatum. Ms. Brunts also held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1985 to 1999, including transaction services and audit partner.

Committee Membership

 Audit Committee
 Nominating and Governance Committee
 Risk Committee
Charles "Chuck" F. Marcy, Director

Charles "Chuck" F. Marcy

Director

Charles “Chuck” F. Marcy has been a director since October 2010. From May 2013 through March 2015, Mr. Marcy served as the chief executive officer of Turtle Mountain LLC, the owner of the So Delicious Dairy Free brand. Since December 2013, Mr. Marcy has been a member of the board of directors, and currently serves as chairman of the nominating and governance committee and as a member of the compensation committee, of Farmer Bros. Co., a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ. From 2010 until 2013, Mr. Marcy was a principal with Marcy & Partners, Inc., where he provided strategic planning and acquisition consulting to companies with a consumer focus. Mr. Marcy served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Food Holdings (HFH), a holding company for branded “better-for-you” foods from 2005 through April 2010. Under Mr. Marcy’s guidance, HFH’s portfolio included Breyers Yogurt, YoCrunch Yogurt and Van’s International Foods. Previously, Mr. Marcy served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Horizon Organic Holdings, then a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ with a leading market position in the organic food business in the United States and the United Kingdom, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Marcy also previously served as President and Chief Executive officer of the Sealright Corporation, a manufacturer of dairy packaging and packaging systems, from 1995 to 1998. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Marcy was President of the Golden Grain Company, a subsidiary of Quaker Oats Company and maker of the Near East brand of all-natural grain-based food products. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Marcy was President of National Dairy Products Corp., the dairy division of Kraft General Foods. From 1974 to 1991, Mr. Marcy held various senior marketing and strategic planning roles with Sara Lee Corporation and General Foods.

Committee Membership

 Audit Committee
 Compensation Committee
Dennis M. Mullen, Director

Dennis M. Mullen

Director

Dennis Mullen has been a director since 2006. Mr. Mullen is a founder and has been a partner with The Mullen Group, LLC since its formation in 2011. The Mullen Group provides strategic advice regarding economic development and government and community relations. Prior to that, Mr. Mullen served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Development Corporation from June 2009 through February 2011, where he oversaw the statewide operations of New York State’s primary economic development agency. During that time he also served as a Commissioner of New York State’s Department of Economic Development. From September 2008 to June 2009, Mr. Mullen served as Upstate President of the Empire State Development Corporation, where he oversaw the upstate operations of the agency. From 2005 through August 2008, Mr. Mullen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Rochester Enterprise, an economic development company. Prior to that, Mr. Mullen was President and Chief Executive Officer of Birds Eye Foods, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of frozen vegetables, and a major processor of other food products, from 1998 to 2005. Mr. Mullen also was a director of Birds Eye Foods from 1996 to 2005, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Mullen held various other leadership positions with Birds Eye Foods and related entities. Prior to employment with Birds Eye Foods, Mr. Mullen was President and Chief Executive Officer of Globe Products Company, Inc. Mr. Mullen currently serves on the board of directors of Foster Farms, a leading poultry producer in the Western United States. He formerly served on the board of directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Committee Membership

 Audit Committee
 Nominating and Governance Committee
Cheryl M. Palmer, Director

Cheryl M. Palmer

Director

Cheryl Palmer has been a director since October 2010. Ms. Palmer is a founder and has been the President of Strawberry Hill Associates, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that advises mid-size companies through the development and revitalization of brands, since its formation in 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Palmer served as Corporate Vice President, Revenue & Product Development (Chief Revenue Officer) of Club Quarters, LLC, which operates full service hotels for member organizations in prime, downtown locations, from 2007 to 2011. Previously Ms. Palmer was Vice President, Northeast Zone, for The Gap, from 2005 to 2006. Prior to that Ms. Palmer served in executive leadership positions at The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), including as President of the Food Emporium, a specialty food retail division, from 2000 to 2005, and as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing of A&P from 1999 to 2000. Prior to joining A&P, Ms. Palmer served as Group Vice President and General Manager Portfolio Leadership for Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines from 1997 to 1999. From 1985 to 1996, Ms. Palmer held various senior marketing and management positions at the Mott’s North America and Schweppes USA divisions of Cadbury Beverages, Inc.

Committee Membership

 Compensation Committee
 Nominating and Governance Committee
 Risk Committee
Alfred  Poe, Director

Alfred Poe

Director

Alfred Poe has been a director since 1997. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of AJA Restaurant Corp., serving as such since 1999. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Nutrition Corporation, a provider of nutrition products, from 1997 to 2002. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of MenuDirect Corporation, a provider of specialty meals for people on restricted diets, from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Poe was a Corporate Vice President of Campbell’s Soup Company from 1991 through 1996. From 1993 through 1996, he was the President of Campbell’s Meal Enhancement Group. From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Poe held various positions, including Vice President, Brands Director and Commercial Director with Mars, Inc. Mr. Poe previously served on the board of directors of Centerplate, Inc. (AMEX) and State Street Bank (NYSE).

Committee Membership

 Audit Committee
 Compensation Committee
David L. Wenner, Director

David L. Wenner

Director

David Wenner has been a director since August 1997. Mr. Wenner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods from March 1993 through December 2014. Mr. Wenner joined the company in 1989 as Assistant to the President and was directly responsible for our distribution and Bloch & Guggenheimer operations. In 1991, he was promoted to Vice President. He continued to be responsible for distribution and assumed responsibility for all company operations. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Mr. Wenner spent 13 years at Johnson & Johnson in supervision and management positions, responsible for manufacturing, maintenance and purchasing. Mr. Wenner is active in industry trade groups and has served as President of Pickle Packers International.

Committee Membership

 Risk Committee

Contact the Board

Stockholders, employees and all other interested parties may communicate with a member or members or committee of the board of directors by addressing their correspondence to the board member or members by mail or by email.  

Because the board receives a significant amount of correspondence, our corporate secretary will review the correspondence and will determine, in his good faith judgment, which stockholder communications will be relayed to the board of directors, any committee or any director.  

Our corporate secretary has the authority to discard or disregard any inappropriate communications or to take other appropriate actions with respect to any such inappropriate communications.  

Subject to the foregoing, mail addressed to “board of directors” or “non-management directors” will be forwarded to the chairman of the board.

Mail

Board of Directors
c/o Corporate Secretary
B&G Foods, Inc.
Four Gatehall Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Independent Directors

Director Name Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating and Governance Committee Risk Committee
Stephen C. Sherrill
DeAnn L. Brunts
Charles "Chuck" F. Marcy
Dennis M. Mullen
Cheryl M. Palmer
Alfred Poe

Non-Independent Directors

Director Name Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating and Governance Committee Risk Committee
David L. Wenner