Mr. Larry S. McWilliams is the Chair of our board of directors. Mr. McWilliams was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Foods, a producer of proteins, from May 2011 to May 2012. From May 2005 to October 2010, he served as a Senior Vice President at Campbell Soup Company and subsequently became the President of Campbell International, responsible for all of Campbell Soup’s business in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Mr. McWilliams joined Campbell Soup in March 2001 as Senior Vice President Sales and Chief Customer Officer, overseeing the company’s relationships with its global retail partners. In April 2003, he assumed the position of President North America Soup. Mr. McWilliams was named Senior Vice President and President Campbell USA in March 2004. Prior to Campbell Soup, Mr. McWilliams held positions at Coca-Cola from 1995 to 2001 and the Pillsbury Company from 1993 to 1995. Mr. McWilliams also serves as a member of the boards of directors of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., now a global ceilings manufacturer and our predecessor company prior to our spin-off in April 2016, Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a full-service restaurant company (since 2014) and Godiva Chocolatiers International, a privately held company (since 2012). Mr. McWilliams formerly served on the Board of Governors of St. Joseph’s University Food Marketing Council and the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association’s Industry Affairs Council.
Mr. Michel Vermette is a member of our board of directors and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He joined the company in September 2019. Mr. Vermette is a longtime executive in the flooring industry and brings extensive financial, domestic and international operations and strategic expertise to Armstrong Flooring. Prior to joining the company, he served as President, Residential Carpet at Mohawk Industries, where he led market strategy, product development, manufacturing and innovation of the residential carpet business in North America. Mr. Vermette had also served in leadership roles across the company's finance, sales and marketing, and business development operations, including President, Mohawk Group, and Chief Financial Officer of Mohawk Industries' North American Flooring Unit. At Mohawk Group, he launched the first Certified Living Product in flooring, and the organization was recognized regularly for top product awards. He joined Mohawk Industries in 2002, when the company acquired Dal-Tile.
Mr. Michael F. Johnston is a member of our board of directors and serves as the Chair of the Management Development and Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committees. Mr. Johnston has served as an Independent Director of Armstrong World Industries since 2010. Mr. Johnston was previously with Visteon Corporation, an automotive components supplier, until 2008. At Visteon, he served as Chairman of the board of directors, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer at various times from 2000 to 2008. Before joining Visteon, Mr. Johnston held various positions in the automotive and building services industry, including serving as President, North America/Asia Pacific for Johnson Controls’ Automotive Systems Group. Mr. Johnston also serves as a member of the boards of directors of the following companies: Whirlpool Corporation, a leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances (since 2003), serving as Presiding Director and a member of its Audit Committee; and Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer (since February 2013), serving as a member of its Audit Committee. Mr. Johnston previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., now a global ceilings manufacturer and our predecessor company prior to our spin-off in April 2016, and Flowserve Corporation (2007 to 2013) including as the Chairman of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of its Finance Committee.
Ms. Kathleen S. Lane is a member of our board of directors and serves on the Audit, Management Development and Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Ms. Lane has served as a member of the board of directors of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. since 2014, serving as a member of the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee and Corporate Governance Committee, and has served as a member of the board of directors of EarthLink Holdings Corp., a leading network services provider, since 2013, serving as a member of the Audit Committee and the Leadership and Compensation Committee. Ms. Lane has previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of TJX Companies, Inc., a specialty multinational apparel retailer with leading retail brands such as T-J-Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining TJX, she was the Group Chief Information Officer at National Grid Plc., an international electricity and gas utility, from 2006 to 2008 and the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Gillette Company (Procter & Gamble) from 2002 to 2006. Ms. Lane has 30 years of IT experience, including chief information officer roles in the consumer products, financial services, utilities and retail industries.
Mr. Jeffrey Liaw is a member of our board of directors and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Liaw is the Chief Financial Officer of Copart, Inc., a leading global provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services. Prior to joining Copart in January of 2016, Mr. Liaw was the Chief Financial Officer of FleetPride, Inc., a nationwide supplier of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts. Prior to joining FleetPride in December 2012, Mr. Liaw was a principal of TPG Capital for seven years and was active in TPG’s energy and industrial investing practice areas. Before joining TPG in 2005, Mr. Liaw was an associate at Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm, in its Industrials practice. Mr. Liaw previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., now a global ceilings manufacturer and our predecessor company prior to our spin-off in April 2016, Graphic Packaging Holding Company, a provider of packaging solutions for consumer products companies (2008 to 2013), including as a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC.
Mr. Michael Malone is a member of our board of directors and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Governance and Finance Committees. Mr. Malone was the Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Polaris Industries Inc. (“Polaris”) from January 1997 through July 2015, and retired from Polaris in March 2016. From January 1997 to January 2010, Mr. Malone also served as Corporate Secretary of Polaris. Mr. Malone was Vice President and Treasurer of Polaris from December 1994 to January 1997 and was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the predecessor company of Polaris from January 1993 to December 1994. Mr. Malone joined Polaris in 1984 after four years with Arthur Andersen L.L.P. Mr. Malone has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Don Stevens LLC, a privately-held regional distributor of commercial HVAC and refrigeration equipment, since 2011.
Mr. James C. Melville is a member of our board of directors and serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of the Finance and Management Development and Compensation Committees. Mr. Melville has served as an Independent Director of Armstrong World Industries since 2012. Mr. Melville is a member of the Minneapolis-based law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A., where he has practiced in the corporate, governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities and financial areas since 1994. Prior to joining Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A., Mr. Melville practiced with Dorsey and Whitney in their Minneapolis, Minnesota and London, England offices. Mr. Melville is also a member of the board of directors of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., now a global ceilings manufacturer and our predecessor company prior to our spin-off in April 2016. Mr. Melville previously served as a member of Armstrong World Industries’s board of directors from September 2009 until July 2010. Mr. Melville is active in numerous local and civic organizations and their boards.
Mr. Jacob H. Welch is a member of our board of directors and serves on the Finance and Management Development and Compensation Committees. He is currently a Partner at ValueAct Capital. Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in August 2009, Mr. Welch worked as an analyst with The Blackstone Group in its private equity division in New York. Mr. Welch offers our board of directors his advisory experience with Value Act’s portfolio companies, as well as his knowledge and expertise in finance.