Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

  • Randy E. Clark

    Chairman of the Board

    Randy E. Clark was appointed Chairman of the Board in December 2015. Mr. Clark has served on the Board of Directors of the Company since 2012. He currently serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee. He is a Class III director and his term expires in 2018. 

    Mr. Clark is a retired foodservice executive. He has consulted for equity groups in the food industry since 2009 and has served on the Board of Trustees for Whitworth University since 2012. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Border Foods, Inc., the largest producer of green chile in the world and one of the largest producers of jalapeños in the United States, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Clark’s earlier experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Fruit Patch, Inc., one of the largest distributors of stone fruits in the United States; President and Chief Executive Officer of Mike Yurosek & Son, LLC, a produce grower and processor; and Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Production with William Bolthouse Farms, a produce grower and processor. Mr. Clark was a Professor of Accounting and Marketing at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, from 1999 to 2003. 

    Mr. Clark received his undergraduate degree from Cedarville College, an M.S. in Accounting from Kent State University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Mr. Clark is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“ NACD”) Governance Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive corporate governance program for directors.

  • Allison M. Boersma

    Director

    Allison M. Boersma was elected to the Board of Directors of the Company in December 2017. She currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. She is a Class II director and her term expires in 2020. 

    Ms. Boersma is currently the CFO and COO of BRG Sports Inc., a corporate holding company of leading brands that design, develop and market innovative sports equipment, protective products, apparel and related accessories. Ms. Boersma has served as the finance and operations leader for BRG Sports since April 2016, responsible for financial oversight, including planning, treasury and risk management; leadership of global sourcing, manufacturing and distribution; human resources; strategic planning and acquisitions; and manufacturing strategy. Ms. Boersma also served as CFO and COO of Riddell Inc., since May 2014, and SVP Finance, CFO Riddell, from February 2009 to May 2014. Previously, Ms. Boersma was a finance executive with Kraft Foods, a multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, for over 17 years, with various positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Sr. Director Finance, Global Procurement, from May 2007 to February 2009, with leadership and oversight of commodity hedging and risk management, including for coffee; execution of global strategies to improve supplier performance; commodity tracking and derivative accounting. Her other positions with Kraft included Controller, Grocery Sector; Controller, Meals Division; Director, Sales Finance, Kraft Food Services Division; and Senior Manager, Corporate Financial Business Analysis. Ms. Boersma began her career as a Senior Auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. 

    Ms. Boersma received her undergraduate degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and her Masters of Management, Marketing and Finance, from JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

    • Jeanne Farmer Grossman

      Director

      Jeanne Farmer Grossman has served on the Board of Directors of the Company since 2009. She is a Class III director and her term expires in 2018.

      Ms. Grossman is a retired teacher. She is the sister of Carol Farmer Waite, who is a former director, and the late Roy E. Farmer, who served as Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2005, Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2005, and President from 1993 to 2005, and the daughter of the late Roy F. Farmer, who served as Chairman of the Board from 1951 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer from 1951 to 2003.

      Ms. Grossman received her undergraduate degree and teaching credentials from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Grossman is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Governance Fellow and has demonstrated her commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive corporate governance program for directors, completing UCLA Anderson School Director Education and Certification Program, attending a Financial Boot Camp Program, and attending in-house programs such as Coffee Hedging and Coffee & Tea Mastery Training.

    • Michael H. Keown

      President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

      Michael H. Keown joined the Company in 2012, as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is the sixth chief executive to lead the Company since its founding in 1912. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. He is a Class I director and his term expires in 2019.

      Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Keown served in various executive capacities at Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, from 2003 to March 2012. He was at WhiteWave Foods Company, a subsidiary of Dean Foods, from 2004 to March 2012, including as President, Indulgent Brands from 2006 to March 2012. He was also responsible for WhiteWave’s alternative channel business comprised largely of foodservice. Mr. Keown served as President of the Dean Branded Products Group of Dean Foods from  2003 to 2004. 

      Mr. Keown joined Dean Foods from The Coca-Cola Company, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Shelf Stable Division of The Minute Maid Company. Mr. Keown has over 25 years of experience in the Consumer Goods business, having held various positions with E.&J. Gallo Winery and The Procter & Gamble Company. He has served on the Board of Directors of Welch Foods Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc., since June 2015, and currently serves on Welch’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. In October 2016, Mr. Keown was also appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of World Coffee Research, a collaborative, not-for-profit 501(c)(5) research organization created by the global coffee industry.

      Mr. Keown received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Northwestern University. Mr. Keown is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Governance Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive corporate governance program for directors.

      • Charles F. Marcy

        Director

        Charles F. Marcy has served on the Board of Directors of the Company since 2013. He currently serves as a member and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Executive Committee. He is a Class I director and his term expires in 2019.

        Mr. Marcy is a food industry consultant. He served as CEO of Turtle Mountain, LLC, a privately held natural foods company, and the maker of the So Delicious brand of dairy free products from May 2013 until April 2015. Prior to this, he was a principal with Marcy & Partners, Inc., providing strategic planning and acquisition consulting to consumer products companies. Mr. Marcy served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Food Holdings, a holding company for branded “better-for-you” foods and the maker of YoCrunch Yogurt and Van’s Frozen Waffles from 2005 through April 2010. Previously, Mr. Marcy served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Horizon Organic Holdings, then a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ with a leading market position in the organic food business in the United States and the United Kingdom, from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Marcy also previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sealright Corporation, a manufacturer of food and beverage 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 Kraft General Foods. Mr. Marcy served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee on the Board of Trustees of Washington and Jefferson College for eleven years until 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors of B&G Foods, Inc. (“B&G”), a manufacturer and distributor of shelf-stable food and household products across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, since 2010. Mr. Marcy served on the Strategy Committee and currently serves as a member and Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of B&G.

        Mr. Marcy received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Washington and Jefferson College, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Marcy is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Board Leadership Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s advanced corporate governance program for directors.
         

      • Christopher P. Mottern

        Director

        Christopher P. Mottern has served on the Board of Directors of the Company since 2013. He currently serves as a member and Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Executive Committee. He is a Class I director and his term expires in 2019.

        Mr. Mottern is an independent business consultant. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc., a specialty coffee and tea company, from 1997 to 2002 and a director of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc., from 1997 through 2004. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Mottern served as President of The Heublein Wines Group, a manufacturer and marketer of wines, now part of Diageo plc, a multinational alcoholic beverage company. From 1986 through 1991, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Capri Sun, Inc., one of the largest single-service juice drink manufacturers in the United States. He has served as a director, including lead director, and member of the finance committee, of a number of private companies.

        Mr. Mottern received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Mottern is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Governance Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive corporate governance program for directors.

      • David W. Ritterbush

        Director

        David W. Ritterbush was elected to the Board of Directors of the Company in December 2017. He currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a Class II director and his term expires in 2020. 

        Mr. Ritterbush is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Quest Nutrition, LLC, a manufacturer and retailer of protein and nutrition food products. He has served in this position since March 2017, with oversight of the organization, including organizational structure, supply chain strategy, and product innovation. Prior to joining Quest Nutrition, Mr. Ritterbush served as Chief Executive Officer of Popchips (Sonora Mills, Inc.), a manufacturer of popped rice, corn, soy, and other grain-based snack food products, from August 2015 to February 2017. Previously, from April 2009 to March 2015, Mr.  Ritterbush held leadership positions with Premier Nutrition Corporation, a manufacturer and retailer of beverage products, bars and shakes, including Chief Executive Officer, Post Active Nutrition from April 2014 to March 2015; Chief Executive Officer, Premier Nutrition from August 2010 to March 2014; and Chief Operating Officer from April 2009 to August 2010. While at Premier Nutrition, Mr. Ritterbush reorganized the organization, led a significant turnaround of the supply chain across facilities and co-manufacturers, restructured the sales organization, and actively participated in strategy formation and acquisitions. Prior to this, Mr. Ritterbush was Vice President/General Manager-West Business Unit, for Red Bull North America, from October 2007 to March 2009, with leadership for the West Business Unit including sales, marketing, supply chain, finance and accounting. Previously, Mr. Ritterbush was a sales and marketing executive with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc., for over 16 years, with various positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Senior Vice President of Marketing-Packaged Products from October 2006 to October 2007, where he was responsible for product design, pricing, and consumer positioning. During this period, Mr. Ritterbush served as a member of Dreyer’s Operating Committee, Dreyer’s Graphics Development team, and a board member of the Starbuck’s Ice Cream partnership. 

        Mr. Ritterbush received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Marketing from San Diego State University.

        Executive Officers

        • Michael H. Keown

          President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

          Michael H. Keown joined the Company in 2012, as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is the sixth chief executive to lead the Company since its founding in 1912. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. He is a Class I director and his term expires in 2019.

          Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Keown served in various executive capacities at Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, from 2003 to March 2012. He was at WhiteWave Foods Company, a subsidiary of Dean Foods, from 2004 to March 2012, including as President, Indulgent Brands from 2006 to March 2012. He was also responsible for WhiteWave’s alternative channel business comprised largely of foodservice. Mr. Keown served as President of the Dean Branded Products Group of Dean Foods from  2003 to 2004. 

          Mr. Keown joined Dean Foods from The Coca-Cola Company, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Shelf Stable Division of The Minute Maid Company. Mr. Keown has over 25 years of experience in the Consumer Goods business, having held various positions with E.&J. Gallo Winery and The Procter & Gamble Company. He has served on the Board of Directors of Welch Foods Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc., since June 2015, and currently serves on Welch’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. In October 2016, Mr. Keown was also appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of World Coffee Research, a collaborative, not-for-profit 501(c)(5) research organization created by the global coffee industry.

          Mr. Keown received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Northwestern University. Mr. Keown is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Governance Fellow and has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive corporate governance program for directors.

          • David G. Robson

            Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

            David G. Robson joined the Company as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in February 2017.

            Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Robson served as the Chief Financial Officer of PIRCH, a curator and retailer of kitchen, bath and outdoor home brands, from September 2014 to September 2016. While at PIRCH, Mr. Robson oversaw all aspects of accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, merchandise planning and legal, with responsibility for developing strategies, processes and operating priorities to upscale a high growth retailer while building strong finance and merchandising teams. From January 2012 to September 2014, Mr. Robson was the Chief Financial Officer of U.S. AutoParts, an online provider of auto parts and accessories, where he was responsible for managing accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury and investment decisions, acquisition activities, public reporting, investor relations, and merchandise planning and procurement. Prior to that, Mr. Robson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mervyns LLC, a former discount department store chain, from 2007 to 2011. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Robson served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer for Guitar Center, Inc. Mr. Robson began his career in public accounting with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. 

            Mr. Robson graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration: Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California and is a certified public accountant (inactive) in the State of California.

            • Ellen D. Iobst

              Chief Operations Officer

              Ellen D. Iobst joined the Company as Chief Operations Officer in February 2017.

              Prior to becoming an employee of the Company, Ms. Iobst served as an independent consultant to the Company, reporting directly to the CEO, from April 2016 until her hire in February 2017. During this consulting period, Ms. Iobst focused on strategic initiatives relating to coffee manufacturing and sourcing, coffee equipment, supply chain improvement, acquisitions and project implementation. Ms. Iobst’s supply chain expertise includes state-of-the art manufacturing, lean manufacturing, supply chain and logistics optimization, purchasing, engineering and technical services, with executive experience in acquisitions and divestitures, site start up and closures, sustainability and risk management. 

              Prior to becoming a consultant to the Company, Ms. Iobst was the SVP, Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sunny Delight Beverages Co., a producer, distributor and marketer of juices, juice drinks and flavored waters, from August 2004 to October 2015. As one of the founding managers of Sunny Delight, she created and led a team of 600 people including manufacturing (5 plants), contract manufacturing, supply chain/logistics, purchasing/risk management, engineering/capital management and technical services, and provided leadership for the company’s sustainability program. Ms. Iobst’s other experience includes over 20 years with Procter & Gamble, a multinational consumer goods company, serving in a variety of roles relating to supply chain operations, plant management and human resources. 

              Ms. Iobst graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.

              • Scott A. Siers

                Senior Vice President & General Manager—Direct Ship

                Scott A. Siers was promoted to the Company’s executive management team as the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager—Direct Ship in February 2017, after having served as the Company’s  Senior Vice President, National Account Sales since February 2013. His responsibilities include general management and leadership of the Company’s national sales/direct ship organization, including strategy, planning, organizational design and process improvement. Mr. Siers manages sales across all channels of trade, while overseeing the Company’s Silver LEED Certified manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon and leading the Company’s corporate sustainability programs. 

                Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Siers was Vice President, Business Development at McLane Company, a supply chain services company, from 2009 to September 2012, with responsibility for change management, new business sales and marketing. Mr. Siers' other experience includes various roles with PepsiCo, including as Vice President, Industry Relations & Business Development, where he led strategy and execution of industry relations and business development for all PepsiCo brands within the foodservice industry, and Vice President, National Accounts & Chief Customer Officer, where he led the national sales organization, as well as experience with Tropicana Products, Inc., where he served as Vice President, General Manager—US Sales. 

                Mr. Siers graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Western Kentucky University.

                • Thomas J. Mattei, Jr.

                  General Counsel & Assistant Secretary

                  Thomas J. Mattei Jr. was promoted to General Counsel effective December 4, 2014 and appointed Assistant Secretary effective August 6, 2015.

                  Mr. Mattei joined the Company in January 2013 as Vice President and Corporate Counsel and leads the Company’s corporate, strategic and tactical legal initiatives. His key areas of responsibility include, among others, corporate governance, SEC compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation management; in addition, Mr. Mattei oversees the Company’s Risk Management and Real Estate departments.

                  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mattei was in private practice with Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall LLP in Beverly Hills, CA, from July 2004 to December 2012, with primary responsibilities in corporate, finance and real estate transactional matters. From October 1999 to July 2004 Mr. Mattei was a Corporate Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, CA, with primary responsibilities in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. 

                  Mr. Mattei received his undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Duke University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

                  • Teri L. Witteman

                    Secretary
                    Teri Witteman has served as Secretary of Farmer Bros. Co. since 2012. She has served as outside legal counsel to Farmer Bros. since 2004.

                    In addition to her role at Farmer Bros., Ms. Witteman is a Partner with Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP in Los Angeles, California, where her practice is concentrated in the corporate and real estate areas.  Ms. Witteman has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, the formation, financing, and operation of business entities, and corporate governance. Before joining Musick Peeler, Ms. Witteman was an attorney with the Pasadena-based law firm of Anglin Flewelling Rasmussen Campbell & Trytten LLP from 2004 to 2016, and prior to that with Latham & Watkins LLP, where she worked in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Prior to that she also was an associate at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), an international real estate services firm, where she handled real estate portfolio management and lease negotiations on behalf of commercial tenants. Additionally, Ms. Witteman served as in-house counsel for Sega GameWorks, a location-based entertainment company, guiding the company in the areas of private offerings, equipment and bank financing, intellectual property, employment, equity plan administration and corporate governance.

                    Ms. Witteman received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.