Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Christensen co-founded PetIQ in 2010 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception and is a member of our board of directors. In 2015, Mr. Christensen was named Chairman of our board of directors. In addition to his leadership responsibilities as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Christensen’s expertise in retail and consumer products has enabled PetIQ to deliver targeted and well executed commercial programs and products across the retail industry. Prior to founding PetIQ, Mr. Christensen gained extensive retail and management experience working at Albertson’s and as an executive in consumer product companies selling to leading U.S. retailers. We believe Mr. Christensen’s qualifications to serve as a director of our Company include his experience in the consumer and retail industries, his expertise in corporate strategy and development and his demonstrated business acumen. Mr. Christensen holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boise State University.
Larry R. Bird
Mr. Bird served as Senior Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP until his retirement on June 3, 2017. As a Deloitte Audit Partner since 1989, Mr. Bird was actively engaged as the Lead Audit Partner responsible for planning and supervising audits for larger private companies and PCAOB Integrated Audits for publicly held companies spanning a variety of industries, with deep experience across the consumer sector. Mr. Bird has more than 40 years of experience in professional services that span business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, information technology strategy, financial and operational leadership, and risk management. Mr. Bird earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Idaho State University College of Business.
Mr. Clarke served as our Chairman from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Clarke is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Clarke Capital Partners, a growth equity and alternatives-focused family office, where he has served since 2011. Mr. Clarke is a director of several privately owned companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Clarke is a Governor appointed Trustee and Foundation Chair at Utah Valley University and also Chairs the board of Curza Global, a small-molecule drug development company focused on infectious diseases and oncology. We believe Mr. Clarke’s qualifications to serve as a director of our Company include his experience in business, corporate strategy and investment matters. Mr. Clarke is an alumnus of Brigham Young University and holds a Master of Management from the University of Oxford.
Mr. First has served as the lead independent director of the Company since 2015. Mr. First is a Managing Director of Eos Management, L.P., an affiliate of Eos Capital Partners IV, L.P. and Eos Partners, L.P. (the “Eos Funds”), where he has been employed since March 1994. Mr. First was previously an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated from August 1991 until March 1994. Mr. First is a director of several privately owned companies, and he also has also been a director of Addus HomeCare, Inc. since 2009. We believe Mr. First’s qualifications to serve as a director of our Company include his experience in business, corporate strategy and investment matters. Mr. First holds a Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Kennedy has served as a director of the Company since 2010. Mr. Kennedy is the owner of the investment firm Kennedy Ventures. Mr. Kennedy was a founder of Western Benefit Solutions, an employee benefits consulting firm, which he sold in 2010. He was a board member of Ameriben, Inc., a human resource consulting and benefits administration service company. We believe Mr. Kennedy’s qualifications to serve as a director of our Company include his experience in business, corporate strategy and investment matters. Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Mr. Michael served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Albertson’s Inc. from 1991 to 2001. Mr. Michael served as the Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 1997 to 2000 and as a Director from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Michael currently serves on the boards of Bodega Latina Corp., Northwest Bank, Western Capital Corp. and the JA and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. In addition, Mr. Michael currently serves as the Commissioner of the Idaho Lottery and the Idaho State Treasurer’s Investment Review Committee. Mr. Michael previously was on the boards of The Clorox Company, Questar, Inc., Boise Cascade Corp., Office Max, Inc., Caesars Entertainment, Graham Packaging, Inc., Idaho Power Company and Idacorp. We believe Mr. Michael’s qualifications to serve on our board include his experience in the retail and consumer industries, his demonstrated business acumen and his experience on other public company boards of directors. Mr. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Idaho. He also was the President of the University of Idaho from 2003 to 2004.
Will Santana has served as a director since our acquisition of Community Veterinary Clinics, LLC, doing business as VIP Petcare (“VIP”) in January 2018 (the “VIP Acquisition” and the agreement pursuant to which the VIP Acquisition was completed, the “Purchase Agreement”). Mr. Santana was appointed to the Board pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement and currently serves as the Company’s Executive Vice President, with the principal responsibility of overseeing VIP. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Santana served as the Chief Executive Officer of VIP since founding the company in 1997.