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Thomas Johnson

Thomas H. Johnson

Lead Independent Director

THOMAS H. JOHNSON, serves as Chief Executive Officer of Taffrail Group, LLC, an international strategic advisory firm, a position he has held since the firm’s founding in 2008. In addition, Mr. Johnson has served as Managing Partner of THJ Investments, L.P., a private investment firm, since November 2005. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Johnson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Corporation, a global specialty packaging company, and then served as its Vice Chairman until April 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverwood International Corporation (and its predecessor company, Manville Forest Products Corporation). He previously held numerous management positions within Mead Corporation including President of its Paperboard Division and Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development. Among other accomplishments over the course of his 35-year career, Mr. Johnson established and managed subsidiaries and joint ventures in Asia-Pacific, South America and Europe, with operations in over 40 countries. Mr. Johnson has substantial board experience, including serving as an independent director of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., a marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products, from 2007 until its merger with Coca-Cola European Partners ("CCEP") in 2016. CCEP is listed on the London and New York Stock exchanges. Following the merger, he continued to serve as a director of CCEP. Mr. Johnson currently serves as CCEP's Senior Independent Director, as chairman of the Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Remuneration Committee. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a director, chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of Compensation Committee of Tumi Holdings, Inc., a global distribution company offering travel and business products, until their merger with Samsonite International S.A. in 2016. Mr. Johnson has served on several other boards including Superior Essex, Inc., a manufacturer of wire and cable products, GenOn Corporation, an electricity producer, and its predecessor company, Mirant Corporation, until its merger with NRG Energy, Inc., and ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc., a supply chain business process management company. Mr. Johnson has served as a director for Universal Corporation since 2001 and is the Lead Independent Director, member of the Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee.

Independent Director