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. 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. Huff is currently the owner of a retail consulting firm, Amplify Retail Consulting LLC, which he started in June 2017. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Consumables and Health & Wellness divisions at Walmart Stores, Inc. until his retirement in June 2017. Mr. Huff joined Walmart Stores, Inc. in 1994 and served in a variety of roles, including as Merchandise Manager, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Vice President and Regional Vice President. Mr. Huff earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University
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.
Ms. Lefko has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Ace Hardware Corporation since 2018. She held positions with Weber-Stephen Products LLC including Chief Marketing Officer, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Marketing from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Lefko served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Company Officer of Marketing at Radio Flyer in 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, she served in positions at Graco Children’s Products (a Newell Rubbermaid Company) from 2001 to 2010. Ms. Lefko earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Marketing and Economics from Cornell University in 1995, completed Pricing and P&L Management curriculum in 2004 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Transformational Strategy program from the Kellogg School of Management in 2016.
Ms. Oloughlin has served as the co-founder of the Women on Boards Project and the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Collaborative since 2019. She served as the CEO and President of REBBL Inc., a premium, organic beverage brand powered by super herbs, from January 2015 to June 2019. Ms. Oloughlin is the co-founder and former CEO of Plum Organics and former CEO of Clif Bar & Company and previously served as the Executive Director for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Oloughlin is the author of Killing It: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. Ms. Oloughlin has served as a member of the Board of Advisors at S. Martinelli & Company since 2019. She has also served on the Board of Directors at One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community (OSC2) since 2019. Ms. Oloughlin was a member of multiple Boards of Directors including Foodstirs Inc, Gardein Inc, ThinkThin LLC, Sugar Bowl Bakery as well as Boards of Advisors’ positions including Rip Van Wafels, the American Sustainable Business Council and the Harvest Summit, an annual event inviting cross-industry executives and innovators of all types to connect and collaborate from 2011 through 2020. She was a faculty member at Sonoma State University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Michigan in 1989 and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management in 1994.