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It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. Our Board of directors is presently composed of nine directors. Directors are elected by the stockholders at the annual meeting of stockholders.

Board of Directors

Peter Harf, Chairman of the Board

Peter Harf is Managing Partner and Chairman of JAB and Managing Director of Lucresca and Agnaten, both privately-owned holding companies. He serves as Director of Keurig Dr. Pepper, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Panera Bread Company, Pret A Manger, Caribou Coffee Company/Einstein Noah, Krispy Kreme and Compassion First. He is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc., Deputy Chairman of Reckitt Benckiser and Chairman of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Pierre Laubies, Chief Executive Officer

Pierre Laubies joined the Board in 2018. He serves as the Company’s Chief Executive officer and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee since November 2018. In May 2018, Mr. Laubies became a member of the board of directors of Continental Foods, a European food company. From September 2013 to March 2018, Mr. Laubies served as chief executive officer of Jacobs Douwe Egerts B.V. Previously, Mr. Laubies spent 25 years at Mars, Incorporated in a variety of roles across categories and markets, including as President of the Global Pet Care division. Mr. Laubies holds a Masters degree in Economics from Sciences Politiques Paris, Universite Sorbonne, and a Masters in Law from Universite Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

Sabine Chalmers, Director

Sabine brings to the Board 25 years of senior management experience in international consumer goods and an extensive track record in M&A. Sabine served as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Company Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of Management of Anheuser-Busch InBev since 2005. In this role, she led the global legal, regulatory, communications and CSR functions during the successful growth of the organization to one of the world’s top consumer products companies. During her tenure, she was also closely involved in three of the world’s largest and most complex cross-border M&A transactions.

Sabine began her career in commercial private practice and later moved to Diageo plc., where she held positions as General Counsel of the US, International Markets and Latin American businesses. She currently serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards. A US citizen of German and Indian origin, Sabine has lived and worked in Asia (India, Philippines), Europe (UK, Belgium) and the United States.

Olivier Goudet, Director

Olivier Goudet is currently Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of JAB. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Panera Bread Company, Pret A Manger and Krispy Kreme. He is also a Director of Keurig Dr. Pepper, Caribou Coffee Company / Einstein Noah, Espresso House and Compassion First. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board of Anheuser-Busch InBev. He is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mars, Inc. and served as an independent advisor to the Mars, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Goudet began his career at Mars, Inc., serving on the finance team of its French business and held several senior executive positions at the VALEO Group, including Group Finance Director.

Erhard Schoewel, Director, Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Lead Independent Director

Erhard Schoewel joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2006 and serves as Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. From 1999 to 2006, he was Executive Vice President responsible for Europe at Reckitt Benckiser PLC. From 1979 to 1999 he held positions of increasing responsibilities at Benckiser. Prior to that, he worked for PWA Waldhof. In 2012, Mr. Schoewel was elected to the Supervisory Board of the Jahr Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Hamburg, Germany. He was Chairman of Birdseye Iglo Ltd London and a director of Phorms SE Berlin. Mr. Schoewel received a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from University of Pforzheim.

Robert Singer, Director, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee

Robert Singer joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in 2010, and serves as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Barilla Holding S.p.A., an Italian food company, and before that he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Abercrombie and Fitch Co. from May 2004 until August 2005. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Gucci Group N.V. from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Singer started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1977. Mr. Singer also serves as a director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and a director and member of the audit committee of Mead Johnson Nutrition. He also serves as a director and chair of the audit committees of Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo PLC. Mr. Singer has served as a senior advisor to CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC since 2011. He received a Bachelor of Arts Humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from University of California, Irvine and graduated from New York University with a Master of Science in Accounting.

Paul S. Michaels, Director

Paul S. Michaels joined the Board of Directors of Coty Inc. in June 2015. Prior to joining Coty Inc., Paul S. Michaels served as the President of Mars, Incorporated, parent company of William Wrigley Jr. Co., from January 2004 to January 2015. Mr. Michaels began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company and later moved to Johnson & Johnson, where he spent 15 years building many of the company’s flagship brands. Mr. Michaels holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Joachim Creus, Director

Joachim Creus is currently a Partner, General Counsel, and Head of Tax at JAB, positions he has held since 2010. He has also held various other executive officer roles at several JAB Holding entities. Previously, he held various legal- and tax-related positions. Mr. Creus holds several degrees from KU Leuven and an LL.M. in international tax law from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Beatrice Ballini, Director

Beatrice Ballini joined the Board in September 2019. Ms. Ballini is a senior member of the Retail Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm, where she leads Family Business Services and is a Steering Committee Member of the Board and CEO Advisory group. Ms. Ballini was a member of the Executive Committee between 2014 and 2017. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates 21 years ago, Ms. Ballini was the Chief Executive Officer of a prominent men’s clothing manufacturer in Milan where she assisted with the company’s strategic growth. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. M&A Department in New York and a Manager at Bain & Co. in Boston after starting her career at Bain London l. Ms. Ballini has also taught in the Master in Marketing program at Sciences Politiques in Paris. She is a member of the Europe an and Middle Eastern Executive Board of MIT/Sloan. She holds a laurea degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan, a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Pierre Denis, Director

Pierre Denis joined the Board in September 2019. Mr. Denis has served since July 2012 as the Chief Executive Officer of Jimmy Choo Group Limited, a luxury accessories brand, with a focus on shoes that is now a division of Capri Holdings Limited, a publicly traded global fashion luxury group. Prior to that, in 2008, Mr. Denis became the Managing Director of John Galliano where he managed operations, developed the John Galliano and contemporary Galliano lines and expanded its licensing business. Mr. Denis began his career in perfume and cosmetics and joined LVMH, the diversified luxury goods group, in 1992. In 1999, he was appointed Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Parfums Christian Dior; in addition, he took over managing the Dior Couture Asian business in 2004 to 2006, when he was appointed as Managing Director for Christian Dior Couture in Europe, the Middle East and India. Mr. Denis is a graduate of ESSEC Business School, Paris.