Independent Lead Director
Member of Audit, Executive, Nominating & Corporate Governance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Mr. Brown is President Emeritus of the University of Colorado and Senior Counsel with the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Scheck P.C. Mr. Brown was President of the University of Colorado from 2005 to 2008, and President of the University of Northern Colorado from 1998 to 2002, in both cases leading the institutions to greater enrollment and financial support. In between his times as president of a university, Mr. Brown served from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Daniels Fund, a billion-dollar charitable foundation, where he continues to serve on the Board. Mr. Brown served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 1991 to 1997 (serving on the Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees), and also served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991 (serving on the Ways and Means and Budget Committees). Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as Vice President of Monfort of Colorado, Inc. (a public food company with international operations, later acquired by ConAgra Foods, Inc.), from 1969 to 1980. While at Monfort, Mr. Brown started and/or directed several divisions with increasing responsibilities, including Corporate Development, International Sales and Operations and the Lamb Feeding, Processing and Sales Division. Within the past five years he was a director of Sealed Air Corporation (from 1997 to 2015) and First Bank Corp. (from 2013 to 2015); prior to that time he was a director of several other public companies.
Mr. Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado in 1961. Mr. Brown volunteered for the U.S. Navy, earning his commission at Newport, Rhode Island, and his navigator wings at Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas. Following his service with Naval Aviation Squadron VR – 22 and a tour in Vietnam, Mr. Brown retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant and enrolled in law school in 1966. In 1969, Mr. Brown received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado and passed the Colorado Bar Exam. Mr. Brown earned an LLM in taxation from George Washington University in 1986 by attending night classes while serving in Congress. In 1988, he passed the CPA exam and is a certified public accountant (currently inactive).
Dr. Joseph Carleone
Member of Audit, Compensation & Development (Chairman), and Scientific Advisory Committees
Dr. Carleone is Chairman of the Board of AMPAC Fine Chemicals LLC, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical active ingredients (since December 2015). Prior to this position, Dr. Carleone was President and Chief Executive Officer of American Pacific Corporation (from 2010 to 2015), a leading custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals and propulsion products, and a director of American Pacific Corporation (from 2006 to 2015). Dr. Carleone was Chairman of the Board of American Pacific Corporation from March 12, 2013, until it was acquired by H.I.G. Capital, LLC, on February 27, 2014, and President and Chief Operating Officer of American Pacific Corporation from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Carleone has also served or currently serves as an officer and/or a director of several directly or indirectly wholly-owned subsidiaries of American Pacific Corporation. From 2007 through 2009, Dr. Carleone served as a director for Reinhold Industries, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of advanced custom composite components and sheet molding compounds for a variety of applications in the United States and Europe. From 2005 through 2006, Dr. Carleone served as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Irvine Sensors Corporation, a technology company engaged in the design, development, manufacture and sale of security products, software, vision systems and miniaturized electronic products and higher level systems for defense, information technology and physical security for government and commercial applications. From 2003 through 2005, he served as a member of the board of directors of Irvine Sensors Corporation. Dr. Carleone also served as President of Aerojet Fine Chemicals LLC, a business unit of GenCorp Inc., and as Vice President of GenCorp Inc., a manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment, from 2000 to 2005. From 1999 to 2000, he was Vice President and General Manager of Remote Sensing Systems at Aerojet. In addition, he served as Vice President, Operations at Aerojet from 1997 to 2000.
Dr. Carleone received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968; his masters’ degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1970; and his doctorate degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1972.
Edward H. Cichurski
Member of Audit (Chairman), Executive, Finance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Mr. Cichurski spent 35 years practicing as a CPA for clients throughout the world with the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessors (he retired from that firm in 2000), including service in Barcelona, Spain, from 1978-1981, and service as the Managing Partner of the Milwaukee office (serving Wisconsin and parts of the upper Midwest) from 1989 to 1996. From mid-1996 to 2000, he was at the firm’s National Office in New York working with the firm’s Office of General Counsel. From 2000 to 2007, he served as Executive Vice President of Merchants & Manufacturers Bancorporation and as president of its financial services subsidiary. Following his retirement from that position, he has served as an advisor to several public and private companies on business development, accounting and financial reporting matters. That includes providing advisory services to Sensient from 2007 until his 2013 selection as a nominee for Sensient’s Board by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Cichurski serves on the boards of numerous community and charitable organizations in the Milwaukee area and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Cichurski received his bachelor of science degree from Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1963, and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal.
Dr. Mario G. Ferruzzi
Member of Compensation & Development, Nominating & Corporate Governance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Dr. Ferruzzi is a Professor in the Plants for Human Health Institute and the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining North Carolina State University, Dr. Ferruzzi most recently served as a Professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University (2004-2016), a Research Scientist in the Coffee and Tea Beverage Development group at Nestlé Research & Development Center, Marysville, Ohio, and a Research Scientist at the Nutrition & Health and Scientific & Nutritional Support Departments at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University (1996) and his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Ferruzzi is recognized for his expertise in analytical chemistry and its applications to food and nutrition research. His core research interests are in the area of botanical chemistry with emphasis on investigating the impact of the food matrix and processing on the stability, bioavailability and metabolism of health promoting phytochemicals and micronutrients. Dr. Ferruzzi’s research has been consistently funded by federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health and the United States Agency for International Development as well as the food industry. His core activities in food chemistry, food processing and translational nutrition have resulted in over 120 publications as well as extensive national and international research collaborations and activities.
For his research efforts Dr. Ferruzzi has received awards from the Institute of Food Technologist (2010 Samuel Cate Prescott Young Investigator Award), the American Society for Nutrition (2011 Mary Rose Swartz Young Investigator Award), Purdue University (2012 Agricultural Research Award) and was named a University Faculty Scholar by Purdue University in 2013.
Dr. Ferruzzi has served as a scientific advisor to several food manufacturers and associations and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the North America branch of the International Life Science Institute. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Ferruzzi has held multiple leadership roles in these societies, most notably IFT and ASN at both local and national levels. He served as Chair of the Food Science & Nutrition Solutions Taskforce, a joint working group between IFT-ASN-IFIC and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Additionally, Dr. Ferruzzi serves on the editorial boards of Nutrition Research, Nutrition Today, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition and as Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Food & Function.
Carol R. Jackson
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee
Ms. Jackson is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Harbison Walker International, the largest supplier of ceramic refractories in the U.S. with operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Southeast Asia and commercial interests globally. Harbison Walker is a 150-year-old private company that generates revenues of between $500 million to $1 billion annually. She previously served as Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President, and General Manager at Harbison Walker.
Prior to joining Harbison Walker in 2014, Ms. Jackson held a number of senior corporate and management roles at Carpenter Technology Corporation (2011-13) and PPG Industries (1999-2011). Ms. Jackson holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Jackson is a licensed attorney. Since 2014, she has been a Director and Member of the Governance Committee of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.
Dr. Donald W. Landry
Member of Compensation & Development, Nominating & Corporate Governance (Chairman), and Scientific Advisory Committees
Dr. Landry is the Samuel Bard Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine (tenured) at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves as its Director of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics and Physician-in-Chief for the Medical Service at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center. Dr. Landry has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University since 1985. At Columbia, Dr. Landry developed the first artificial enzyme to degrade cocaine and his report in Science was voted one of top 25 papers in the world for 1993 by the American Chemical Society. His discovery that vasopressin can be used to treat vasodilatory shock fundamentally changed intensive care medicine. He also pioneered an embryo-sparing approach to the generation of human embryonic stem cells.
Dr. Landry has been a Director of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: TNXP) since October 2011. Between June 2007 and October 2011, Dr. Landry served as a founding director of Tonix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. Tonix Pharmaceuticals is a publicly traded company that develops next-generation medicines for common disorders of the central nervous system, including fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and episodic tension-type headache.
Dr. Landry was co-founder and has been a member of L&L Technologies LLC since 1996. L&L Technologies LLC was formed to develop medications for central nervous system conditions. Dr. Landry was also a co-founder of Vela Pharmaceuticals, which developed several drugs for central nervous system disorders, including very low dose (VLD)-cyclobenzaprine for fibromyalgia syndrome.
Dr. Landry established his laboratory at Columbia University in 1991 to investigate medical applications of artificial enzymes and in 1998 founded the Division of Experimental Therapeutics. The Division focuses on novel therapeutics for intractable problems such as cocaine addiction, nerve gas intoxication and vasodilatory shock. Dr. Landry is a leader in the ethical development of embryonic stem cells and served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics during the George W. Bush administration. In 2008, Dr. Landry was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian award.
Dr. Landry graduated from Lafayette College, completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry under Nobel laureate R.B. Woodward at Harvard University in 1979 and then obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. After residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to Columbia University as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Physician-Scientist, 1985-1990. Dr. Landry has published 106 peer-reviewed articles, authored 31 review articles or book chapters and holds 34 patents as inventor or co-inventor.
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Member of Executive (Chairman), Finance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Mr. Paul Manning has been Sensient’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since April 21, 2016. He joined the Company in 2009 as General Manager, Food Colors North America, and became President of the Color Group in 2010. He became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in October 2012, and President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Before joining the Company, he worked for Danaher Corporation as Mergers and Acquisitions Integration Manager of the Fluke Division and he held various supply chain and project manager positions with McMaster-Carr Supply Company. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern University. He attended Stanford University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for four years.
During his four years of working within and then running the Color Group, Mr. Manning gained a thorough understanding of both the opportunities and the challenges facing the Company’s Color businesses and made critical contributions to its improved performance. As the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, his management skills and experience allowed him to make similar contributions in the Company’s other businesses, including his critical role in the relocation of the Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters from Indianapolis to the Chicago area on time and on budget. In his current position as the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, he has been responsible for the continued success of the Company, including its strong profits and sales, ongoing restructuring activities in the Flavors & Fragrances Group, upgrading of sales force and general manager talent, leading the Board of Directors and articulating and executing the Company’s strategy.
Member of Finance, Nominating & Corporate Governance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Ms. McKeithan-Gebhardt is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc. (since 2009), and also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Tamarack River Resources, LLC (since 2009). She previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc. (from 1991 to 2009). Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc. is a private company engaged in oil and gas exploration. Tamarack River Resources, LLC is a Delaware limited liability company of which Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc., is the majority member. Ms. McKeithan-Gebhardt has been with Tamarack Petroleum since 1991. Prior to joining Tamarack Petroleum, she was an attorney in private practice.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, and previously as Vice President and General Counsel of Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc., Ms. McKeithan-Gebhardt has primary responsibility for and extensive experience in a range of strategic and operational matters, including human resources, compensation and employee benefits, financial management and reporting, regulatory and compliance, legal affairs and risk management.
Ms. McKeithan-Gebhardt earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 1980 and a Juris Doctorate degree summa cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 1987. Ms. McKeithan-Gebhardt currently serves as a member of the Marquette University Law School Advisory Board.
Member of Audit, Finance (Chairman), and Scientific Advisory Committees
Mr. Morrison is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ball Corporation, a leading global supplier of innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers. He previously served as Vice President and Treasurer of Ball Corporation. Prior to joining Ball Corporation, Mr. Morrison held senior corporate banking roles at Bank One, First Chicago and NBD Bank, Detroit.
Mr. Morrison is an Executive Committee Member of the Board for the National Association of Manufacturers and Community Chairman of the Denver Chapter of the Kelley School of Business Indiana University. He previously served as Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers and as an expert testimony witness to the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee on Dodd Frank legislation. Mr. Morrison has been recognized as CFO of the Year by CFO Magazine and Institutional Investor.
Mr. Morrison received his Bachelor’s Degree (1984) in Finance from Indiana University and his M.B.A. (1988) from Wayne State University.
Dr. Elaine R. Wedral
Member of Compensation & Development, Executive, Finance, and Scientific Advisory Committees (Chairman)
Dr. Wedral has served as President of the International Life Sciences Institute-North America, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that provides a forum for academic, government and industry scientists to identify important nutrition and food safety issues and works toward solutions for the benefit of the general public. From 2003 to 2014, Dr. Wedral was also a director of Balchem Corporation (where she served as chair of the governance and nominating committee and a member of the compensation committee), which is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of specialty performance ingredients and products for the food, nutritional, feed, pharmaceutical and medical sterilization industries. Dr. Wedral also serves on the editorial board of Food Processing magazine, serves on the board of the Women’s Global Health Institute at Purdue University and continues to work with several industry groups and universities on food science issues in an advisory capacity. Dr. Wedral works closely with management on the Company’s Chemical Risk Reduction Strategy.
Dr. Wedral holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University, an M.S. degree in Food Microbiology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Food Biochemistry from Cornell University. From 1972 to 2006, Dr. Wedral served in various capacities with the Nestle Company, including as President of Nestle R&D Center, Inc., and director of Nestle R&D Food Service Systems Worldwide from 2000 to 2006 and as President of all Nestle U.S. R&D Centers from 1988 to 1999. During her tenure with Nestle, Dr. Wedral developed the strategy and accompanying R&D program for its foodservice systems. Among other things, she was responsible for the reorganization and supervision of Nestle’s existing R&D facilities in North America, with over 700 personnel, and the development, construction and management of a new state-of-the-art pet food and nutrition facility, a new beverage, confection and ice cream facility and renovation of a consolidated food and nutrition laboratory, each combining an emphasis on proprietary innovation with production efficiencies and commercialization opportunities.
Dr. Wedral holds over 38 U.S. and European patents in food science, chemistry and food service systems to deliver foods and beverages, most related to food flavors and colors and food fortifications (e.g., adding bioavailable iron to fortify a product without discoloring it). Dr. Wedral’s work often helped create new product categories (e.g., shelf-stable liquid coffee creamers and refrigerated pizzas) while emphasizing food safety and quality. Dr. Wedral also has experience and expertise in helping to commercialize food and beverage products and delivery systems designed for local tastes and preferences around the world.
Essie M. Whitelaw
Member of Audit, Compensation & Development, Nominating & Corporate Governance, and Scientific Advisory Committees
Ms. Whitelaw served as Senior Vice President of Operations of Wisconsin Physician Services, a provider of health insurance and benefit plan administration, from 2001 until her retirement in 2010, where she was responsible for managing more than 430 employees. Before that, Ms. Whitelaw served more than 15 years in various executive positions, including as President and Chief Operating Officer (1992 to 1997) and Vice President of National Business Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, a comprehensive health and dental insurer. Among other things, while at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ms. Whitelaw was responsible for managing insurance risk underwriting activities, regulatory compliance and the development and implementation of appropriate sales incentive programs. Prior to its merger into another public utility in 2000,
Ms. Whitelaw served on the board and on the audit, nominating and retirement plan investment committees of WICOR Corporation, a Wisconsin energy utility.
Ms. Whitelaw is active in the local Wisconsin community. She currently serves on the Milwaukee Public Museum board of directors, the Wisconsin Lutheran Foundation board, the Atonement Lutheran School board and the board of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and their families through education, outreach programs and partnerships. Ms. Whitelaw’s prior board service includes Goodwill Industries, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee and Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation.