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Board of Directors

Mark W. Kehaya

Chairman
Director since 2005
Committees:  Executive (Chair); Social Responsibility and Corporate Affairs

A founding partner of Meriturn Partners, LLC, an investment firm specializing in restructurings and turnarounds of middle-market companies, since January 2002. Mr. Kehaya has served as Chairman of Madvapes Holdings, LLC, an owner and operator of retail vape shops and manufacturer and wholesaler of related products, since August 2015. Previously, Mr. Kehaya served as Alliance One’s Interim Chief Executive Officer from December 14, 2010 through February 28, 2013; as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Eturn Communications, Inc., a software solutions provider, from November 2000 to October 2001; and from April 1993 until March 2000, was employed by Standard Commercial Corporation (“Standard Commercial”), serving variously as Assistant to the President, Finance Director of the Tobacco Division, Vice President - Planning, and as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Commercial’s tobacco processing facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Kehaya currently serves on the board of directors of Wayne Farms, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Eckmann

Director since 2013
Committees:  Audit (Chair); Social Responsibility and Corporate Affairs

Retired since April 2008.  Group President of Reynolds American, Inc., a manufacturer of consumer tobacco products, from October 2006 to April 2008, Executive Vice President – Strategy and Business Development of Reynolds American, Inc., from January 2006 to October 2006, and Executive Vice President – Strategy, Integration, Information Technology and Business Development of Reynolds American, Inc., from September 2004 to January 2006.  Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, a manufacturer of consumer tobacco products, from January 2001 to August 2004.

Joyce L. Fitzpatrick

Director since 2012
Committees:  Governance and Nominating; Social Responsibility and Corporate Affairs (Chair)

President of Fitzpatrick Communications, Inc., a public relations firm concentrating in corporate and crisis communications, litigation support, issue management, media relations and public affairs, since 2002.  Prior thereto, Ms. Fitzpatrick was a Senior Vice President at Ruder-Finn, Inc., a multinational public relations firm.

C. Richard Green, Jr.

Lead Independent Director
Director since 2003
Committees:  Executive; Executive Compensation; Governance and Nominating

Retired since April 2002.  Non-Executive Director of ITC Limited, a company in India engaged in operating hotels, agricultural exports and manufacturing cigarettes and paperboard, from July 1999 to April 2008.  Regional Director of British American Tobacco, a multinational tobacco company, from January 1999 to April 2002.  

Carl L. Hausmann

Director since 2013
Committees:  Executive Compensation; Social Responsibility and Corporate Affairs

Retired since June 2012.  Managing Director – Global Government & Corporate Affairs of Bunge Limited, a leading global agribusiness and food company, from April 2010 to June 2012, having previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bunge North America Inc., from January 2004 to March 2010, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Bunge Europe S.A. from October 2002 through December 2003.  Prior thereto, Mr. Hausmann served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cereol SA, from  June 2001 to October 2002. Mr. Hausmann currently serves on the board of directors of Wayne Farms, Inc.

Nigel G. Howard

Director since 2005
Committees:  Executive; Executive Compensation (Chair)

Retired since December 2003.  Non-Executive Chairman of Zotefoams PLC, a manufacturer of industrial foams, from January 2007 to March 2016, and Non-Executive Director of Zotefoams from January 2006 to December 2006.   Deputy Chief Executive of The Morgan Crucible Company plc, a designer, developer and supplier of products made from carbon, ceramic and magnetic materials, from September 2002 to December 2003, and Director of The Morgan Crucible Company from September 1992 to December 2003.  Deputy Chairman, Assam Carbon Products, Ltd., India, March 1977 to August 2005. Mr. Howard does not currently serve on the board of directors of any other public company, but within the last five years served as a director of Zotefoams PLC.

John D. Rice

Director since 2013
Committees:  Audit; Governance and Nominating (Chair)

Retired since June 2012.  Vice Chairman of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, a Fortune 30 agribusiness, from November 2010 to June 2012.  During his 36-year career with Archer-Daniels-Midland, Mr. Rice held numerous senior positions, including the roles of Executive Vice President – Commercial and Production from August 2007 to October 2010, Executive Vice President – Global Risk Management and Marketing from February 2005 to August 2007, and Senior Vice President – Corn Processing, Global BioProducts and Food from February 2000 to February 2005. 

J. Pieter Sikkel

Director since 2011
Committee:  Executive

President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance One since March 1, 2013, having previously served as President from December 14, 2010 through February 28, 2013, as Executive Vice President – Business Strategy and Relationship Management from April 2007 through December 13, 2010, and as Regional Director of Asia from May 2005 until April 2007.  Employed by Standard Commercial from January 1983 until May 2005, serving as Regional Director of Asia from March 1999 until May 2005, Country Manager of China from June 1991 until March 1999, and prior thereto in various positions in South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.

Martin R. Wade, III

Director since 2001
Committees:  Audit; Governance and Nominating

President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcaster, Inc. (formerly International Microcomputer Software Inc.), a company engaged in the internet service provider and applications businesses, since September 2006, and Chief Executive Officer of International Microcomputer Software Inc., since September 2001. Partner in Residence with Catalyst Acquisition Group, an investment firm focusing on the acquisition and restructuring of distressed companies in the United States and internationally, since September 2007. Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Creative Development Corporation (“DC2”), a developer of entertainment content companies focusing on broadband content delivery and providing Internet-related business-to-business services, from May 2001 to August 2001, and Director and Executive Vice President of DC2 from June 2000 to April 2001. Managing Director of Prudential Securities, Inc., a global securities firm, from May 1998 to June 2000. Mr. Wade currently serves on the board of directors of Broadcaster, Inc., and within the last five years has been a director of Readers Digest Association, Inc., and RDA Holding Co.