Dana Messina (Chairman of the Board) has been a director since May 2015. Mr. Messina was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Steinway Musical Instruments from August 1996 to October 2011. During his 15 years as CEO, he led the company through a significant period of growth and profitability. When he retired from Steinway, it was one of the largest and most profitable musical instrument companies in the world. Mr. Messina owns Aria Partners GP, LLC, an investment firm which manages a diversified group of equity hedge funds. Mr. Messina also owns Kirkland Messina LLC, a firm founded in 1994 that specializes in financial advisory services. Prior to founding Kirkland Messina, Mr. Messina was a Senior Vice President in the High Yield Bond Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. Mr. Messina graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Messina brings to our Board significant operating and financial expertise as well as extensive experience as a public company director.
Michael D. Dean (President and CEO) has been a director since May 2015 and was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc., where he revitalized the global health and wellness company and returned it to growth. He also served as a director on its board and a member of its audit committee. Previously, Mr. Dean was Chief Executive Officer of Mediaur Technologies, Inc., a privately-held satellite technology company that provides proprietary antenna system solutions for commercial and government applications. Before Mediaur, Mr. Dean was Executive Vice President of ABC Cable Networks Group, a multi-billion dollar global division of The Walt Disney Company, where he ran all of the division's non-creative operations including Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Broadcasting Operations, IT, Human Resources, and Business Development. Earlier at Disney, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning, responsible for all corporate strategy, development, and M&A in Disney's broadcasting, cable, and film studio businesses. Before Disney, Mr. Dean was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Dean brings to our Board substantial managerial, operational and strategy experience.
James E. Boone is currently an independent executive management consultant and angel investor. From June 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Boone served as Chief Executive Officer of ProcureStaff Technologies, Ltd., a separate business unit of the Company providing specialized software applications to manage temporary staffing, project work, and other human capital services. From January 2009 to June 2011, Mr. Boone served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Impellam Group PLC, North America, a provider of staffing solutions and managed services for workforce needs globally. From 2003 to January 2009, Mr. Boone served as a Managing Partner of Windship Partners, LLC, a senior level executive search firm that he founded, which later merged with NGS Global Americas, LLC. Prior to that, he was Chairman, Global Operating Committee, and President, Americas Region for Korn/Ferry International; and served as Senior Executive Search Partner and member of the Global Executive Committee at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Boone has served as a director of Pearson Partners International, Inc., a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, since July 2013. Mr. Boone has extensive managerial and operational experience and background working with staffing and executive search firms, including the Company.
Nick S. Cyprus (Audit Committee Chair) is a member of the board of directors of DigitalGlobe, Inc. and The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committees of both boards and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of DigitalGlobe. He also provides advisory services for several smaller clients. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Cyprus was employed by General Motors Company, most recently as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining GM in 2006, Mr. Cyprus was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., one of the world's largest advertising and marketing services companies. Before Interpublic, Mr. Cyprus held positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T for more than 22 years, serving in his most recent role as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Cyprus earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. He is an active Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Cyprus brings to our Board valuable managerial, financial and accounting experience serving companies with global operations.
Bruce G. Goodman (Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee Chair) has been a director since May 2000. He has been General Counsel of Shepherd Kaplan LLC (an investment advisor registered with the SEC) since April 2008. From April 1995 to April 2008, he was a partner of the law firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. In addition to his perspective as a non-management director, Mr. Goodman provides to the Board experience as a business lawyer with substantial experience and insight into the investment markets obtained as general counsel to an investment advisory firm.
Theresa A. Havell has been a director since April 2004. She has been President and Chief Investment Officer of Havell Capital Management LLC (a money management company) since 1996. Prior to 1996, Ms. Havell was a partner, member of the Executive Committee, Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Fixed Income Group of NeubergerBerman (an investment management firm). Ms. Havell contributes vast experience and knowledge in the investment and financing markets and economic conditions to the Board derived from her money management and investment experience.
John C. Rudolf has been a director since March 2015. Mr. Rudolf currently serves as President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Glacier Peak Capital LLC, a registered investment advisory firm he founded in July 2012. From April 1996 until July 2012, Mr. Rudolf served as a Managing Member and founder of Summit Capital Group, an independent registered investment advisory firm managing individual accounts and several private investment funds. From 1975 until 1996, Mr. Rudolf served in various positions at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., including partner in charge of Oppenheimer’s Pacific Northwest operations from 1988 until 1996. Mr. Rudolf has served on the board of directors of Detrex Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high performance specialty chemicals including additives for industrial petroleum products and high purity hydrochloric acid, since November 2012. Mr. Rudolf brings to our Board substantial experience and knowledge as a professional investor and the perspective of a substantial, long-term shareholder in our Company.
Laurie Siegel (Compensation Committee Chair) is the President of LAS Advisory Services, a firm providing advice to organizations on issues related to talent management, succession planning, organizational capability and culture. Ms. Siegel was the Chief Human Resource Officer at Tyco International Ltd. from 2003 to 2012. She joined Tyco as part of a new leadership team charged with restoring the company's reputation, financial health and governance practices. Ms. Siegel had responsibility for rebuilding the leadership team, executing a strategy to restore the confidence of the company's employees and building an HR function with deep expertise in global human resource practices. Ms. Siegel is a director and compensation committee chair of the board of directors of CenturyLink, Inc., a broadband, telecommunications and data hosting company, and a director of FactSet Research Systems Inc, a multinational financial data and software company. Ms. Siegel has an MBA and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning, both from Harvard University. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan. Ms. Siegel serves as an advisor to the G100 Network and teaches at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Ms. Siegel brings to our Board substantial experience as a human resources executive with large global enterprises as well as substantial public company board experience.
Michael D. Dean (President and CEO) was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc., where he revitalized the global health and wellness company and returned it to growth. He also served as a director on its board and a member of its audit committee. Previously, Mr. Dean was Chief Executive Officer of Mediaur Technologies, Inc., a privately-held satellite technology company that provides proprietary antenna system solutions for commercial and government applications. Before Mediaur, Mr. Dean was Executive Vice President of ABC Cable Networks Group, a multi-billion dollar global division of The Walt Disney Company, where he ran all of the division's non-creative operations including Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Broadcasting Operations, IT, Human Resources, and Business Development. Earlier at Disney, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning, responsible for all corporate strategy, development, and M&A in Disney's broadcasting, cable, and film studio businesses. Before Disney, Mr. Dean was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Dean brings to our Board substantial managerial, operational and strategy experience.
Jerome Shaw co-founded Volt in 1950 with his brother, and has been Executive Vice President since 1957 (when the present company was organized), served as Secretary from 1957 until 2014, and has been employed in executive capacities at Volt and its predecessors since 1950. He continues to provide valuable leadership through his deep understanding of our business, operations, services, products, customers, suppliers and employees. Mr. Shaw served on the Board of Directors from April 2012 to May 2015.
Paul Tomkins has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2015. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Tomkins served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of finance and accounting and played an integral role in managing a number of important non-core business divestitures. Prior to his role at Reader’s Digest, Mr. Tomkins spent 27 years at AT&T, where he most recently served as the Vice President and Controller of AT&T Business Solutions and previously held a number of other financial management positions. Mr. Tomkins is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the NJ Society of CPAs and FEI. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in International Finance from Seton Hall University.
Sharon H. Stern has been our Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs since May 2014 and our Secretary since June 2014. Immediately prior to joining the Company in May 2014, she was a partner at the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP. Ms. Stern has over 25 years of legal experience focusing on corporate governance and business litigation matters. Ms. Stern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law.
Louise Ross has been our Vice President of Human Resources since September 2006 and has been employed by the Company in executive capacities in its human resource departments since 1993. Prior to joining Volt, Ms. Ross held various management positions in human resources with extensive experience in program development, compensation/benefits, employee and labor relations and employment law. Ms. Ross was an adjunct professor for the New School University, graduate management program in Human Resources. She also taught compensation and employee benefits for undergraduate programs. She holds a Master’s Degree from the New School University in Human Resources Management along with an undergraduate degree in business management from Marymount Manhattan College.
Kevin Hannon has been our Vice President and Treasurer since March 2015. Previously, he was our Assistant Treasurer since January 2008. Prior to joining Volt, Mr. Hannon was an Assistant Treasurer and Finance Manager with Atlas Copco North America, Inc., and also gained extensive financial regulatory experience as a bank examiner with the US Treasury Department. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Business and Economics, Mr. Hannon obtained his MBA from Rutgers Business School in Strategic Management and Finance, and he also has the CTP (Certified Treasury Professional) designation.
Bryan Berndt has been our Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since April 2015. From April 2012 until March 2015 Mr. Berndt was the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. From 2008 until December 2011 he was Treasurer and Vice President of Finance at Bowne & Co., Inc. Prior to 2008, he was Controller of Loews Cineplex Entertainment and a Senior Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds a Masters in Taxation from Fordham University, the Gabelli Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University.