Robert B. Aiken |
Mr. Robert B. Aiken has served as our Director since May 2024. He has also served as the Executive Chairman of Monterey Bay Herb Co., a bulk herb and spice supplier, since 2021. Mr. Aiken served as Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Foodservice Supply, a foodservice supply company, from 2017 to 2020, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Essendant Inc., a wholesale distribution company, from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Aiken served as the Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, a hunger relief charity organization, from 2012 until 2015. Mr. Aiken was the Chief Executive Officer of Bolder Foods, a private equity firm, from 2010 to 2012. Prior to entering the private equity business in 2010, Mr. Aiken held various positions in U.S. Foodservice (now known as US Foods Holding Corp., NYSE: USFD), including as the President and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2010, as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2007, and as Executive Vice President of Sales/Marketing & Supply Chain from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Aiken held several positions from 1994 through 2000 at Specialty Foods Corp., including Chief Executive Officer of its Metz Baking Company subsidiary. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Aiken also served as President and Principal of Milwaukee Sign Co. and early in Mr. Aiken’s career, he worked as a business lawyer, first with the firm Sidley & Austin and then with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Mr. Aiken also served as an independent director and a member of compensation, nominating and governance, and finance committees of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) from 2010 to 2017. Mr. Aiken obtained a bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1985 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1989, both from Georgetown University. Mr. Aiken brings to our Board extensive leadership, operations and logistics experience in the restaurant and food industry.