OAK BROOK, Ill., April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (“TreeHouse Foods” or the “Company”) (NYSE: THS) today announced the appointment of Scott Ostfeld, Partner of JANA Partners LLC and Co-Portfolio Manager of its engaged investing strategy JANA Strategic Investments, to the TreeHouse Foods Board of Directors. The appointment is in connection with an agreement with JANA Partners LLC (“JANA”), which owns approximately 9.2% of TreeHouse Foods’ outstanding common stock.
“The TreeHouse Board and JANA share a common appreciation regarding the opportunity for TreeHouse Foods, and we are united behind the shared goal of enhancing value for our stockholders and other stakeholders,” said Ann M. Sardini, Chair of the Board. “As a shareholder, Scott understands our company and our industry well. His appointment to the Board follows continued, constructive engagement with JANA and reflects our commitment to pursuing the best path towards maximum value creation.”
Mr. Ostfeld commented, “TreeHouse Foods is an incredibly attractive company well-positioned to benefit from favorable secular tailwinds and with multiple avenues to unlock and drive shareholder value. I am appreciative of the Board’s continued engagement, and I am excited to work alongside Steve and all of the other TreeHouse Foods directors to enhance value for all stockholders.”
Steve Oakland, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, “Over the past several years, TreeHouse Foods has made meaningful progress against our strategic goals to support our customers, simplify our structure and enhance our supply chain as we capitalize on the strong, long-term demand for private-label food and TreeHouse Foods products. I welcome Scott to the Board and look forward to working with all of our directors as we continue to drive value for our customers and deliver improved results.”
Mr. Ostfeld will join the Board as a Class III director, with a term expiring at the TreeHouse Foods 2023 annual meeting of stockholders. Following his appointment, the TreeHouse Foods Board will be comprised of eleven directors.
In connection with the appointment of Mr. Ostfeld to the Board, TreeHouse Foods and JANA Partners have entered into an appointment agreement. A copy of the agreement will be included as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Scott Ostfeld
Mr. Ostfeld was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Conagra Brands, HD Supply Holdings and Team Health Holdings. Mr. Ostfeld has more than 17 years of experience investing in companies and driving shareholder value. He is a Partner of JANA Partners LLC and Co-Portfolio Manager of JANA Strategic Investments, a strategy specializing in enhancing shareholder value through active engagement. Prior to joining JANA Partners in 2006, Mr. Ostfeld was at GSC Partners, where he served in their distressed debt private equity group and focused on acquiring companies through the restructuring process and enhancing value as an equity owner. Mr. Ostfeld was previously an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, where he worked on M&A and capital raising. He serves as a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy. Mr. Ostfeld holds a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
About TreeHouse Foods
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of private label foods and beverages in North America. We operate in 29 product categories across two divisions and have approximately 40 production facilities across North America and Italy. Across our diverse portfolio, we have a private label leadership position in many categories and offer a range of better-for-you and nutritional solutions, such as items considered to be organic, or gluten-free, across nearly every category. Our purpose is to make high quality food and beverages affordable to all. Our mission is to create value as our customers’ preferred manufacturing and distribution partner, providing thought leadership, superior innovation, and a relentless focus on execution.
Additional information, including our most recent Form 10-K, may be found at our website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.
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The Company intends to file a proxy statement on Schedule 14A, an accompanying WHITE proxy card and other relevant documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders for the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE COMPANY’S DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and stockholders may obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement, an accompanying WHITE proxy card, any amendments or supplements to the definitive proxy statement, and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC at no charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge in the “SEC Filings” subsection of the “Financials” section of the Company’s Investor Relations website at https://www.treehousefoods.com/investors or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations department at 708.483.1331, as soon as reasonably practicable after such materials are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company, its directors, and certain of its executive officers are participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with matters to be considered at the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. Information regarding the direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, of the Company’s directors and executive officers is included in the Company’s Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on March 19, 2021. Changes to the direct or indirect interests of the Company’s directors and executive officers are set forth in SEC filings on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4. These documents are available free of charge as described above. Updated information regarding the identities of potential participants and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, in the Company will be set forth in the Proxy Statement for the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders and other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC, if and when they become available.
SOURCE TreeHouse Foods, Inc.