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Pineridge Group is led by an outstanding group of experienced operating and financial executives who have an unparalleled network in the North American consumer goods and financial sectors. They support and lead the development of the Pineridge companies by applying a unique blend of strategic insight, business building experience, industry and functional expertise, along with financial and human resources.

Board Members and Partners

Andrew Richards
Co-founder & Managing Director, Swander Pace Capital
Andrew serves as Chairman of several of SPC's portfolio companies. Before founding SPC, he directed the private equity investment program in consumer products for William E. Simon & Sons. Earlier in his career, Andrew was an investment banker at Paine Webber, Inc., where he specialized in emerging growth companies. Andrew received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB degree cum laude from Harvard University.
Roger Dickhout
President & CEO, Pineridge Group
Roger Dickhout is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Pineridge Group. Previously, as President & CEO, he led a turnaround of Canada Bread Company Ltd., and a consolidation of the commercial baking segment. Prior to that, Roger was a partner with McKinsey & Company Inc., a global strategic management consulting firm. There, he spent 15 years helping clients in Canada and around the world embark on new directions, lead organizational change, and improve operations. Roger is a registered Professional Engineer, has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (gold medalist). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Gennum Corporation, Investeco, and World Wildlife Fund - Canada.
C. Morris Stout
Managing Director, Swander Pace Capital
Mr. Stout serves as Chairman of Gilchrist & Soames, Inc., gloProfessional, and Insight Pharmaceuticals Corporation and is a Director of Lavo, Inc., and Prepared Meal Holdings, Inc., and is a past Director of Border Foods, Inc., Fleischmann Vinegar Co., Good Source Solutions, International Fiber Corporation, and Santa Cruz Nutritionals. Mr. Stout joined SPC in 2000. He was previously a Vice President with Lombard Investments, a middle-market buyout firm. Mr. Stout's experience also includes The Argosy Group and Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he specialized in leveraged finance. He received an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA degree from Vanderbilt University.
Steven Leakos
Managing Director, Roynat Capital Inc.
Steven is a Director of Lavo. In addition to Lavo, Steven sits on numerous boards on behalf of Roynat, including two other food related businesses. Prior to joining Roynat, he worked in various industries as a CFO. Steven received a BA in Economics and his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Valerie Scott
PRINCIPAL, Swander Pace Capital
Valerie plays a lead role for Swander Pace in working with Pineridge on our Bakery platform. Based in Toronto, Valerie joined Swander Pace Capital in 2009 to identify and close transactions in Canada. Previously she was Managing Director at Roynat Capital Inc., a leading Canadian merchant bank. Ms. Scott's experience also includes senior positions at Calcap Merchant Bank, Working Ventures Canadian Fund and Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto
Rob DesMarais
MANAGING DIRECTOR, Swander Pace Capital
Rob is a Director of Lavo and several other SPC portfolio companies. Previously, he was a Principal with Banc of America Securities' Consumer & Retail Group in its investment banking division. Rob's experience also includes Deutsche Banc Alex Brown's Global Consumer Products investment banking team and several operating positions within Sara Lee Corporation. He received an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) and a BS degree from Michigan State University. Rob is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Edmund O'Keeffe
President, Royal Crown Cola International
Edmund is responsible for RCCI, the international concentrate and branded beverage unit of Cott Corporation, with bottlers in over 50 countries around the world. During his career at Cott, Edmund has held a number of senior management roles in Corporate Development, Investor Relations, Strategy, Marketing and Product Management. Earlier in his career, Edmund was Director of Strategy for Loblaw Brands in Canada and held the position of Research Associate with Harvard Business School. He received his MBA from Harvard University and a B. Comm from University College Dublin.
Dan Swander
Operating Partner, Swander Pace Capital
Dan is the co-founder and former Chairman of Swander Pace & Company, a strategy consulting firm serving consumer products companies. Additionally, he has served as President and COO of International Multifoods, Executive Vice President of Basic American Foods, and Principal of McKinsey & Company. Dan attended the Wharton School of Business and received his BA with honours from Trinity College.

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Roger Dickhout
President & CEO, Pineridge Group
Roger Dickhout is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Pineridge Group. Previously, as President & CEO, he led a turnaround of Canada Bread Company Ltd., and a consolidation of the commercial baking segment. Prior to that, Roger was a partner with McKinsey & Company Inc., a global strategic management consulting firm. There, he spent 15 years helping clients in Canada and around the world embark on new directions, lead organizational change, and improve operations. Roger is a registered Professional Engineer, has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (gold medalist). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Gennum Corporation, Investeco, and World Wildlife Fund - Canada.
Craig Miller
Vice President Corporate Development
Craig joined Pineridge Group in 2008 to take a lead role in Pineridge's acquisition program and strategic initiatives by companies already in the Pineridge family. Craig has extensive experience in the food business in the manufacturing, retailing, and hospitality sectors. Immediately prior to joining Pineridge, Craig was a member of the Tesco team that developed the Fresh & Easy retail format in the U.S. Craig also has many years of experience as a strategy consultant, beginning with six years at McKinsey & Company, which he joined immediately after earning his MBA from Harvard Business School. Craig also has a Master of Science degree in Technology and Policy from M.I.T. and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's Univeristy.
Frank Katsaros
Director of Strategic Sourcing
Frank joined Pineridge Group in early 2009 to take responsibility for strategic sourcing across the Pineridge portfolio. With more than 10 years of experience working for companies such as Maple Leaf Foods and Unilever, Frank brings to Pineridge a wealth of expertise in strategic sourcing, cost reduction, and commodity risk management. His past experience includes broad exposure to the sourcing of raw materials, packaging and indirect categories of production inputs. Frank also has experience as a dairy commodity trader and created an innovative hedging protocol for the "special milk class" program in Canada. Frank holds a degree in Operations Management from Centennial College.

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Richard Arsenault
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Lavo Inc.
Richard has more than 25 years of experience in the packaged goods industries and joined Lavo in 1998. Prior to joining Lavo, he worked in Marketing and Sales for Unilever, Duracell and Sterling Drugs. Richard played a key role in Lavo's acquisition of Hertel brand in 1999. A few years later, he championed the repositioning of La Parisienne liquid laundry detergent which has resulted in rapid sales growth. Richard holds a bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Ottawa.
Denis Pellerin
Chief Financial Officer
Denis has more than 25 years of experience in finance and administration and joined Lavo in 2009. Prior to joining Lavo, he worked as Chief Financial Officer of Warnex inc., a public company on the TSX, Chief Financial Officer of Groupe Lactel, a privately held Canadian manufacturing dairy company selling in the retail, industrial and international markets and as a consultant in management and corporate finance for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Denis is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelors degree in commerce from Hautes Études Commerciales (University of Montreal).