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Board of Directors


Claire Babrowski
Ms. Babrowski serves on the Board of Directors of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. since March 2011. She is a retired retail executive. She started her career spending 30 years at McDonald’s Corporation, where her last position was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer. From 2005 to 2006, she worked for RadioShack, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and then President, Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer. From 2007 until 2010, Ms. Babrowski was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Toys “R” Us, a specialty toy retailer operating more than 1,500 stores throughout the world. In 1998, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the U.S. Women’s Service Forum. Ms. Babrowski holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.
Shari L. Ballard
Ms. Ballard has been President, International - Enterprise Executive Vice President of Best Buy Co., Inc. since January 2012. Ms. Ballard began her career with Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager, and in 1997 joined its Retail Change Implementation Team. She then moved to Best Buy’s human resources department, ultimately assuming the role of Executive Vice president of Human Resources and Legal in 2004. She also served as Executive Vice President, Retail Channel Management of Best Buy from 2007 until 2010 and as Co-President of the Americas and Executive Vice President from 2010 until January 2012. Ms. Ballard graduated from the University of Michigan - Flint with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.
Baron Beckers-Vieujant
Baron Beckers-Vieujant served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group from January 1, 1999 till November 7, 2013. He began working in the food retail industry in 1982 as a store manager for a bakery chain in Belgium. Baron Beckers-Vieujant joined Delhaize Group in 1983, to work initially three years in the U.S. operations of the Group as a store manager. After his return to Belgium, he broadened his retail experience as a buyer, director of purchasing, member of the Executive Committee and Director and Executive Vice-President in charge of international activities. In January 2000, Baron Beckers-Vieujant was named Manager of the Year by the leading Belgian business magazine Trends/Tendances. In 2009, he was named Belgium’s BEL 20 CEO of the year by the Belgian newspapers Le Soir and De Standaard. Until June 2010, he was Co-Chairman of the Consumer Good Forum, a global association of leading consumer goods retailers and manufacturers. Previously, Baron Beckers-Vieujant served as chairman of the CIES, the Food Business Forum, from 2002 to 2004 and again from July 2008 until its merger and transformation into the Consumer Goods Forum. Baron Beckers-Vieujant serves on the Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute and is Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of FEB/VBO, the Belgian Employers Federation. He is a member of Guberna and, until 2010, the Belgian Commission on Corporate Governance. He is President of the BOIC (Belgian Olympic Interfederal Committee) since December 2004 and was reelected in 2013.  He also was elected to the International Olympic Committee in July 2012. Baron Beckers-Vieujant earned a Master’s degree in applied economics at I.A.G., Louvain-La-Neuve and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jacques de Vaucleroy
Mr. de Vaucleroy is CEO of the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe business unit of AXA since March 2010. He is also in charge of AXA Bank Europe. Since April 2010, he has been a member of the AXA Management Committee. On January 1, 2011, he assumed global responsibility for the Group’s AXA Life and Savings and Health businesses. Jacques de Vaucleroy has made most of his career within the ING Group, where he was a member of the Executive Board of ING Group and CEO of ING Insurance and Investment Management Europe. He has extensive experience in the banking and insurance and asset management business, both in Europe and in the U.S. Jacques de Vaucleroy holds a law degree (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and a Master in Business Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium).
Elizabeth Doherty
Ms. Doherty began her career with Unilever in 1979 as an assistant auditor and then spent the following 22 years serving the organization, assuming positions of increasing responsibility in audit, accounting, supply chain, commercial operations, and finance in multiple countries across Europe and Asia. She left Unilever as Senior Vice President Finance, Central & Eastern Europe in 2001 to enlist with Tesco as its Group International Finance Director where she led that function for six years. In 2007 she joined Brambles Industries as its Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as CFO of Reckitt Benckiser, from 2011 to 2013. In addition to her executive experience she has also served on the Boards of both Brambles Industries and Reckitt Benckiser as well as that of SABMiller. Ms. Doherty graduated from the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Liberal Studies in Science (Physics). She also is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.
Mats Jansson
Mats Jansson is Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 24, 2012. He currently also serves as an independent board member of Danske Bank and is member of JPMorgan European Advisory Council.  Mr. Jansson began his career with ICA, a leading Swedish food retailer, holding positions of increasing responsibility over a period of more than 20 years and serving as President of ICA Detaljhandel and Deputy CEO and Chairman of the Group from 1990 to 1994. He then served as CEO of Catena/Bilia (1994 to 1999) and Karl Fazor Oy (1999 to 2000). From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Jansson held the position of CEO with Axfood, a publicly-traded Swedish food retailer. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Jansson served as President and CEO of Axel Johnson AB, a family owned conglomerate of distribution and services companies. Mr. Jansson was President and CEO of SAS, the Scandinavian airline company, from 2006 to 2010. He also previously has served as a director of Axfood, Mekonomen, Swedish Match and Hufvudstaden. Mr. Jansson studied economical history and sociology at the University of Örebro.
Bill McEwan
Mr. McEwan is a Canadian grocery and consumer packaged goods executive. He began his career at Ferreo’s Ltd, Super Valu Stores at the age of 15, spending 13 years with the company.  . Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of progressively senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and in grocery retail with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) both in Canada and in the United States. He served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s US Atlantic Region, the position he held immediately prior to joining Sobeys Inc. He served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of its parent company, Empire Company Limited until June 2012. In November, 2005 Mr. McEwan was presented the Golden Pencil Award, The Food Industry Association of Canada’s highest distinction. In May 2006, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors presented Mr. McEwan with the Robert Beaudry Award of Excellence for leadership in the grocery industry.  In June 2012, Mr. McEwan was honoured by the Retail Counsil of Canada with its Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing a career of outstanding leadership, business success and community service.
Didier Smits
Didier Smits received a Master's degree in economic and financial sciences ( I.C.H.E.C., Brussels). In 1996, he was elected Director of Delhaize Group and he still serves as a non-executive director of Delhaize Group. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Smits was a Manager at Advanced Technics Company. In 1991, Mr. Smits became Managing Director of Papeteries Aubry SPRL.
Jack L. Stahl
Mr. Stahl served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of cosmetics company Revlon from 2002 until his retirement in September 2006. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl had a 22-year career as an executive with the Coca-Cola Company culminating in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as Group President of Coca-Cola Americas and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stahl started his professional career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Stahl served on the Board of pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough, Sacks and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He currently serves on the Board of Coty Inc., Catalent Inc., Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC and serves as a member of the US Board of Advisors on CVC Capital Partners Advisory, Inc. He is also a Board member and Chairman of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Stahl received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Johnny Thijs
Mr. Thijs started his career in 1974 at Vanderelst N.V. (Rothmans group) as Product & Marketing Manager for Belgium. In 1981, he was named Marketing & Sales Manager at Masterfoods N.V. (Mars Inc.) for Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France. In 1986, he moved to Côte d’Or-Jacobs Suchard and five years later moved to Interbrew N.V. where he started as Executive Vice President before becoming CEO for Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa from 1995 to 1999. In 2000, he was named CEO of Ter Beke. Mr. Thijs joined Belgian Post in 2002 where he served as CEO until the end of February 2014. Mr. Thijs is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spadel SA and member of the Board of Directors of H. ESSERS and USG People. He studied commercial sciences at the College of Economic Sciences of the University of Limburg, Belgium. 
Baron Vansteenkiste
Baron Vansteenkiste is President of the Board of the Belgian company Sioen and Vice President of the Board of Recticel. Baron Vansteenkiste is also a member of the Board of the Belgian company Spector Photo Group. Baron Vansteenkiste is Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Belgian Companies. Baron Vansteekiste was Chief Executive Officer of Recticel until April 1, 2010. Baron Vansteenkiste earned his degree in civil engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


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