Brian Kelley joined GMCR as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director in December 2012 from The Coca-Cola Company where he was named President of Coca-Cola Refreshments in September 2012. Most recently, he served as Chief Product Supply Officer, Coca Cola Refreshments. Prior to that, in his role as President of Coca-Cola’s North America Business Integration, he led the total integration of the acquisition of the North American assets of Coca-Cola Enterprises, combining Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Enterprises’ North American operations into a new company, Coca-Cola Refreshments. Kelley joined Coca-Cola in 2007 as President and General Manager, Still Beverages and Supply Chain North America.
Prior to Coca-Cola, Kelley was President and Chief Executive of SIRVA, Inc. (formerly North American Van Lines), a $3.7 billion leading provider of relocation solutions to a well-established and diverse customer base around the world. His earlier experience includes Ford Motor Company, where he was President of its $13 billion Lincoln/Mercury division and The General Electric Company where he held roles of increasing responsibility until named Vice President and General Manager, Sales and Distribution at GE Appliances. Kelley began his career in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and over a period of years, worked his way up through brand management. Kelley is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics.
Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Sonia Cudd was appointed GMCR’s Corporate Secretary in March 2013 and has served as GMCR's Vice President, Associate General Counsel — Corporate since April 2012.
Sonia’s experience includes 18 years of corporate, securities and governance practice with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, McCormick & Company Incorporated as well as with the law firms Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. and Blank Rome L.L.P. She also served at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance. Prior to earning her law degree, Sonia worked as a financial analyst for Citicorp/Citibank.
Sonia earned her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School. She also holds a B.A. in Finance and a B.S. in Economics from Hood College for Women.
Chief Legal Officer, Corporate General Counsel
Michael Degnan was named Chief Legal Officer, Corporate General Counsel of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. as of March 31, 2013. Previously, he served as GMCR's Vice President, Associate General Counsel — Operations since January 2011.
Michael originally came to GMCR through the acquisition of Keurig, Incorporated in 2006. He joined Keurig in 2004 as its Corporate Counsel, becoming Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Secretary in 2005 and adding the title of General Counsel shortly thereafter. His experience prior to GMCR includes 11 years in private practice focused on general corporate and transactional law for two Boston law firms, Rich May, a Professional Corporation, and Craig and Macauley Professional Corporation. Prior to earning his law degree in 1993, Michael worked as a banking officer for Bank of New England Corporation.
Michael earned his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science, Finance from Boston College
President, International Business Development
Gérard Geoffrion was named President, International Business Development for GMCR in October 2012. Previously he served as President of GMCR's Canadian business unit. He joined the Company in December 2010 through the acquisition of Van Houtte and was previously Van Houtte's President and CEO.
Gérard joined Van Houtte in 1995 and held a number of positions during his tenure including Executive Vice President and CFO and Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to Van Houtte, Gérard was Director of Development and eventually Vice President, Research and Planning at Unigesco, a holding company specializing in distribution, retailing and food. Earlier he joined CÉGIR consultants and was Director of Development for Nouveler, a holding company specializing in new energies and energy conservation. He started his professional career at Québec Cartier, a mining company, in the industrial engineering department.
Gérard holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from l'École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke. He serves on the boards of renowned organ builder Casavant Frères Inc. and The Pacific Path Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, implementation and promotion of programs related to conflict resolution and psychosocial problem prevention.
Stephen L. Gibbs
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Stephen L. Gibbs has served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. since August 2011. In this role he is responsible for leading the Company's accounting operations including financial reporting, accounting, tax, financial systems, policies and controls.
Prior to joining GMCR, Steve served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Scientific Games Corporation from April 2006 to August 2011 and Vice President of Finance for Scientific Games Racing from April 2005 to March 2006. He served as Manager of Accounting Research for The Coca-Cola Company from September 2004 to March 2005 and as Controller for TRX, Inc. from May 2004 to August 2004. Prior to that time, Steve served nine years in public accounting with the firms of Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Linda Longo-Kazanova is currently Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of global human resources including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, culture and workplace environment, and employee communications and development.
Linda has a diversified global background within multiple industries, including consumer packaged goods, transportation, information services and insurance. Prior to joining GMCR, Linda served as Vice President, Human Resources and Medical for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation; Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Business Optimization for Bell & Howell Company; and Senior Vice President, Human Resources- North America for Information Resources, Inc. In addition, for over a decade she held positions of increasing responsibility with Kraft Foods including Global Director of Management and Organization Development. Linda's early career experience included positions with Allstate Insurance and Montgomery Ward.
Linda holds B.S. and Masters degrees from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Robert P. Ostryniec
Chief Product Supply Officer
Robert (Bob) P. Ostyniec joined GMCR as Chief Product Supply Officer in August 2013 where he is responsible for global product supply including logistics, procurement and responsible sourcing, as well as the efficiency, quality, safety and environmental management of the Company's manufacturing processes.
Bob joins GMCR from H.J. Heinz Company, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Supply Chain Officer and Quality & Chief Risk Officer since February 2010. Bob served 10 years at H.J. Heinz Company where he held progressively responsible positions in global supply chain management. He was Chief Supply Chain officer of North America from May 2005 to Jan 2010 and Group Vice President Consumer Products-Product Supply from July 2003 to April 2005. Prior to joining Heinz, he spent more than 17 years with General Electric and Stanley Tools in various manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain roles. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Shippensburg University
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Fran has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters since October 2003, and as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company since April 2003. Fran worked as a financial consultant with various food manufacturers and food retailers from July 2001 to April 2003, including the position of Interim Chief Financial Officer for Wild Oats Markets, Inc., from July 2001 to December 2001. Fran served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary for Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., from April 1989 to August 2000. From September 1982 to March 1989, Fran practiced public accounting and auditing with Coopers & Lybrand LLC, and earned her CPA (inactive). She graduated cum laude with a BS in business administration (accounting) from the University of Vermont School of Business.
President, Canadian Business Unit
Sylvain Toutant was appointed President of GMCR’s Canadian business unit in October 2012. He joined the Company in December 2010 through the acquisition of Van Houtte and previously served as Chief Operating Officer of its Canadian business unit. Sylvain joined Van Houtte in July 2008 as President, Retail.
Sylvain’s prior experience includes his role as President and CEO of state-owned retailer Société des alcools du Québec from 2004 to 2007. From 1987 to 2003 he had roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and business development with Groupe Val Royal, the renovation product retailer behind Réno-Dépôt including Vice President, Marketing; President and CEO of Réno-Dépôt; and President and CEO of San Francisco Boutiques following the company’s takeover by Rona Group at the end of 2003. Sylvain’s early career included positions at General Motors of Canada and Publicité Martin.
Sylvain holds a business degree from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He serves on the boards of the Fondation P.H. Desrosiers, as well as the board of Quebec Society For Disabled Children