Douglas J. Cahill
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cahill joined Hillman on July 25, 2019 as Executive Chairman and Senior Executive Officer. Prior to joining Hillman, Mr. Cahill was a Managing Director of CCMP from July 2014 to July 2019 and was a member of CCMP's Investment Committee and previously was an Executive Adviser of CCMP from March 2013. Mr. Cahill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oreck, the manufacturer of upright vacuums and cleaning products, from May 2010 until December 2012. Prior to joining Oreck, Mr. Cahill served for eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Doane Pet Care Company, a private label manufacturer of pet food and former CCMP portfolio company, through to its sale to MARS Inc. in 2006. From 2006 to 2009 Mr. Cahill served as president of Mars Petcare U.S. Prior to joining Doane in 1997, Mr. Cahill spent 13 years at Olin Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of metal and chemicals, where he served in a variety of managerial and executive roles. Mr. Cahill serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and the Visitor Board at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. In January 2009, Mr. Cahill was appointed as an Adviser to Mars Incorporated. Mr. Cahill previously served as a director of Banfield Pet Hospital from 2006 to 2016, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet from 2013 to 2016, Jamieson Laboratories from 2014 to 2017, Founder Sport Group from 2016 to 2019, and Shoes for Crews from 2015 to 2019.
Diana Dowling has served on our board of directors since 2021. Ms. Dowling is an innovation and strategy consultant advising corporations on partnerships, M&A activity and new product initiatives. Her recent clients include Epiq, where she focused on data privacy products and acquisitions, and Pitney Bowes, where she focused on mobile location data and ecommerce. While at Pitney Bowes, Ms. Dowling led both the business strategy for the Newgistics acquisition, as well as the post-merger integration. She is also the CEO/Founder of Two Hudson Ventures, investing in start-ups and real estate. Earlier in her career, Ms. Dowling was a VP of Business Development at MaMaMedia, a digital media startup, and Director of Business Development at Hearst New Media. In addition, she worked as a market research analyst at Tontine Partners. Ms. Dowling began her career as an analyst and associate at Bankers Trust. She was Executive Director of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels NY, as well as Co-Chair of HBSCNY Entrepreneurship. In addition, as part of the HBSCNY Skills Gap Project, she led a pilot with LaGuardia Community College and local tech startups to develop skilled programmers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. She has served on the board of trustees for the US Squash Association and the Eagle Hill School.
Teresa S. Gendron
Teresa S. Gendron has served on our board of directors since 2021. Ms. Gendron has been the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jefferies since September 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Gendron was the Vice President and Controller of Gannett Co., Inc., an NYSE listed international media and marketing solutions company, and performed the duties of Chief Accounting Officer. Previously, Ms. Gendron was Vice President and Controller at NII Holdings, Inc., a mobile communication services company, which she joined as its Finance Director in 1998. Ms. Gendron began her career in accounting at KPMG LLP in 1991 and is a C.P.A. Ms. Gendron received an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, a Global Executive M.B.A. from ESADE Business School of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain and a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Virginia.
Aaron P. Jagdfeld
Aaron P. Jagdfeld has served on our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Jagdfeld has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Generac Power Systems, Inc. since September 2008 and a director of Generac since November 2006. Mr. Jagdfeld began his career at Generac in the finance department in 1994 and became Generac’s Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed President and was responsible for sales, marketing, engineering, and product development. Prior to joining Generac, Mr. Jagdfeld worked in the audit practice of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin office of Deloitte & Touche from 1993 to 1994.
Daniel O’ Leary
Mr. O’Leary is an independent consultant who served as President and CEO of Edgen Murray Corporation from 2003 to 2021. He was appointed Chairman of the board of Edgen Murray in 2006. He began at Edgen Murray, a distributor for energy infrastructure components, specialized oil and gas parts and equipment, and its predecessor companies in 2003, guiding a management buyout that grew the company through a series of acquisitions and growth initiatives. The company went public in May 2012 and was acquired in 2013 by Sumitomo Corporation. Mr. O'Leary has served on the board of Vitesse Energy, Inc. (NYSE: VTS), and has been designated as Lead Director, since 2023 and Custom Ecology, Inc. since 2021. Additionally, he served as an independent director on the board of Sprint Industrial from 2017 to 2019. Mr. O’Leary has a long career in leadership positions in manufacturing and distribution, principally in the oil and gas and energy infrastructure markets.
David A. Owens
David A. Owens has served on our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Owens has been a Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Business since August 2009. At Vanderbilt, Mr. Owens has taught The Practice of Management.
Joseph M. Scharfenberger, Jr.
Joseph M. Scharfenberger, Jr. has served as director since June 2015. Mr. Scharfenberger has been a Managing Director of CCMP since July 2009 and is a member of CCMP's Investment Committee. Prior to joining CCMP, Mr. Scharfenberger worked at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. Prior to joining Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, Mr. Scharfenberger worked in the private equity division at Toronto Dominion Securities. Mr. Scharfenberger currently serves on the boards of Badger Sportswear, Jetro Cash & Carry, Shoes for Crews, and Truck Hero, Inc. Mr. Scharfenberger previously served as a director of Jamieson Laboratories from 2014 to 2017.
John Swygert has served on our board of directors since 2021. Mr. Swygert has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (“Ollie's”) since December 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Swygert was Ollie’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2018. Mr. Swygert joined Ollie’s in March 2004 as Chief Financial Officer and was later promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Mr. Swygert has worked in discount retail as a finance professional for over 28 years. Prior to joining Ollie’s, Mr. Swygert was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Factory 2-U Stores, Inc. He held several positions while at Factory 2-U Stores, Inc. from 1992, ranging from Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller, Controller, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President of Finance and Planning, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Swygert also previously worked for PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. in Business Development and Financial Analysis.
Philip K. Woodlief
Philip K. Woodlief has served on our board of directors since 2015. Mr. Woodlief has been an independent financial consultant since 2007 and was an Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Business since October 2010 to January 2020. At Vanderbilt, Mr. Woodlief has taught Financial Statement Research and Financial Statement Analysis. Mr. Woodlief also currently serves as a Visiting Instructor of Accounting at Sewanee: The University of the South. Prior to 2008, Mr. Woodlief was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Doane Pet Care, a global manufacturer of pet products. Prior to 1998, Mr. Woodlief was Vice President and Corporate Controller of Insilco Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of consumer and industrial products. Mr. Woodlief began his career in 1979 at KPMG Peat Marwick in Houston, Texas, progressing to the Senior Manager level in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources practice. Mr. Woodlief was a certified public accountant. Mr. Woodlief currently serves on the board of trustees, and chairs the Finance Committee, of Sewanee St. Andrew’s School.
Richard F. Zannino
Richard F. Zannino has served as director since August 2014. Mr. Zannino has been a Managing Director of CCMP since July 2009 and is a member of CCMP's Investment Committee. Prior to joining CCMP, Mr. Zannino was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Dow Jones & Company. Mr. Zannino joined Dow Jones as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2001 before his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in July 2002 and to Chief Executive Officer and Director in February 2006. Prior to joining Dow Jones, Mr. Zannino was Executive Vice President in charge of strategy, finance, M&A, technology, and a number of operating units at Liz Claiborne. Mr. Zannino joined Liz Claiborne in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer. In 1998, Mr. Zannino served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Signal. From 1993 until early 1998, Mr. Zannino was at Saks Fifth Avenue, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Zannino currently serves on the boards of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Estee Lauder Companies, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Badger Sportswear, Shoes for Crews, Truck Hero, Inc., and Eating Recovery Center and is a trustee of Pace University. Mr. Zannino previously served as a director of Jamieson Laboratories from 2014 to 2017.