Board of Directors
- Currently 12 members; authorized board size of six to fifteen.
- "Substantial majority" must be "independent." Currently eleven of twelve are independent.
- Chairman of the Board: John F. Lundgren. Written Charter
The Current Board is as follows:
Mr. Brewer, 57, has served as a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since March 2012. Mr. Brewer served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Golf, Inc. since January 2002. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Adams Golf from August 2000 to January 2002 and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Adams Golf from September 1998 to August 2000. Mr. Brewer served on the Board of the National Golf Foundation from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Brewer also served on the Board of Directors of Adams Golf since 2000 until his resignation effective as of February 29, 2012. Mr. Brewer is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary and received his MBA from Harvard University in 1991.
Mr. Lundgren, 69, was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors in March 2009 and was appointed Chairman in May 2020. Mr. Lundgren is currently a member of the Board of Directors of VISA, Inc. Prior to 2017 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., the successor entity following the merger of The Stanley Works and Black and Decker in March 2010. Prior to the merger, Mr. Lundgren served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Stanley Works, a worldwide supplier of consumer products, industrial tools and security solutions for professional, industrial and consumer use. Prior to joining The Stanley Works in 2004, Mr. Lundgren served as President – European Consumer Products, of Georgia Pacific Corporation and also held various positions in finance, manufacturing, corporate development and strategic planning with Georgia Pacific and its predecessor companies, namely James River Corporation from 1995 - 1997 and Fort James Corporation from 1997 - 2000. Mr. Lundgren began his business career in brand management at the Gillette Corporation. Mr. Lundgren is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Armacost, 82, has served as a Director of the Company since April 2003. As of April 2010 he is Chairman Emeritus of SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) after previously serving as Chairman. Mr. Armacost joined SRI International in 1998. He was Managing Director of Weiss, Peck & Greer LLC (an investment management and venture capital firm) from 1990 to 1998. He was Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets from 1987 to 1990. Prior to that he was President and Chief Executive Officer of BankAmerica Corporation from 1981 to 1986. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of BankAmerica Corporation from 1979 to 1981. Currently, Mr. Armacost serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Franklin Resources, Inc. Mr. Armacost is a graduate of Denison University and received his MBA from Stanford University in 1964.
Mr. Baxter, 56, was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in November 2019. Mr. Baxter is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Kontoor Brands, Inc., a global lifestyle apparel company. He was named Chief Executive Officer in August 2018 when VF Corporation announced its intention to separate its Jeanswear organization into an independent, publicly-traded company. Mr. Baxter has more than 30 years of business experience, including significant experience in the apparel industry. Prior to becoming the CEO of Kontoor Brands, Mr. Baxter was Group President, Americas West, for VF Corporation and was responsible for overseeing brands such as The North Face® and Vans®. In 2008, Mr. Baxter was named Coalition President for the Imagewear Coalition, which comprised the Image and Licensed Sports Group divisions. Prior to joining VF, he served in other leadership roles, including at The Home Depot Company, Nestle and PepsiCo. Mr. Baxter holds a B.A. in History from the University of Toledo and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ms. Flanagan, 53, was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in November 2018. Since October 2019 Ms. Flanagan has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ripple Foods, a plant-based food and beverage company. From 2016 to February 2019, Ms. Flanagan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Foster Farms, a leader in branded and private label poultry, headquartered in Livingston, California. She was previously the President of the Snacks Division of ConAgra Foods, Inc., a packaged foods company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, from 2011 until 2014, and served as President of ConAgra’s Convenient Meals Division from 2008 until 2011. Prior to joining ConAgra in 2008, Ms. Flanagan was Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Tropicana® Shelf Stable Juices at PepsiCo Inc. from 2005 to 2008. Ms. Flanagan also held various marketing leadership positions at General Mills, Inc. and PepsiCo Inc. from 1996 to 2005. Ms. Flanagan has served since June 2016 as a member of the board of directors of Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., a publicly traded company and one of the largest wholesale distributors to the convenience retail industry in North America, and she currently serves on such board’s Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Ms. Flanagan has been a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2014. Ms. Flanagan earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1990 and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1996.
Mr. Fleischer, 53, was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors in May 2018 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Fleischer is a seasoned business and financial executive with significant experience in the golf industry, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Adams Golf, Inc. and subsequently as a board member of Adams Golf. Mr. Fleischer also has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and private equity transactions. Mr. Fleischer joined Battery Ventures, a global investment firm providing venture capital and private equity, in 2014 as a partner and was promoted to general partner in 2015. Prior to joining Battery Ventures, Mr. Fleischer served as Chief Executive Officer at three privately held companies: HighJump Software, a supply chain management software company, from 2010 to 2014; Healthvision Software, a healthcare information technology provider; and TriSyn Group, a core banking applications software provider. He has also been both a public and private company Chief Financial Officer, including CFO of Adams Golf, formerly a publicly traded company, from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Fleischer has served as a board member for several public and private companies, including Adams Golf from 2005 to 2012, HomeCareHomeBase, Vero Software, Data Innovations and RogueWave. Mr. Fleischer earned a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Ogunlesi, 67, was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors in January 2010 and is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Management, LLC, which is a private equity firm with over $15 billion in assets under management and which invests worldwide in infrastructure assets in the energy, transport, and water and waste industry sectors. Prior to founding Global Infrastructure Management, Mr. Ogunlesi spent 23 years at Credit Suisse where he held senior positions, including Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer and prior to that Global Head of Investment Banking. Currently Mr. Ogunlesi serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Ogunlesi holds a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he was an attorney with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. From 1980 to 1981, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Segre, 61, was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors in August 2015 and is Chair of the Compensation and Management Succession Committee. From 2009 until 2016 she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and People Officer of Diamond Foods, a San Francisco-based company that produces premium snack food and culinary nut products. Ms. Segre first joined Diamond Foods in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy. Before joining Diamond Foods, Ms. Segre served as Managing Director of Google.org and Vice President and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco Office. From 1981 until 1985, Ms. Segre was a touring golf professional in the United States, Europe and Asia having won five tournaments including the Irish Open and the Reno Open. Ms. Segre holds a degree in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Thornley, 75, served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from June 2011 to March 2012. He has served as a Director of the Company since April 2004 and was the Chair and designated "Financial Expert" of the Audit Committee until his appointment as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. From February 2002 to July 2005, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated, the San Diego-based company that pioneered and developed technologies used in wireless networks throughout much of the world. He previously served as QUALCOMM's Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to February 2002. Prior to joining QUALCOMM, Mr. Thornley worked for Nortel Networks for 16 years, serving in various financial and information systems management positions including Vice President of Public Networks, Vice President of Finance NT World Trade, and Corporate Controller Northern Telecom Limited. Before Nortel, Mr. Thornley worked for Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Thornley previously served as a Director of Cavium Networks, Inc. from 2006 to 2018. Mr. Thornley received his degree in chemistry from Manchester University, England, and qualified as a chartered accountant.
John F. Lundgren has been named Chairman of the Board, and presides at regularly scheduled meetings of the non-management Directors held without management present.
In accord with the Company's Bylaws and the governance policies of the Board, a substantial majority of the Company's Directors must be independent as determined by the Board. In making its independence determinations, the Board generally follows the independence standards of the New York Stock Exchange. More specifically, the Board considers whether a director has any direct or indirect relationship to the Company that may interfere with the exercise of the director's independence from management and the Company. In evaluating a particular relationship, the Board considers the materiality of the relationship to the Company, to the director and, if applicable, to an organization with which the director is affiliated.