ths-8k_20180904.htm

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 4, 2018

 

TREEHOUSE FOODS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Commission File Number: 001-32504

 

Delaware

20-2311383

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

2021 Spring Road

Suite 600

Oak Brook, IL

60523

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (708) 483-1300

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

 

 

 


 

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

On September 4, 2018, TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (the “Company” or “TreeHouse”) increased the size of its Board of Directors (the “Board”) from nine to ten members and appointed Jean Spence to the Board, effective immediately, to fill the newly created vacancy, with a term expiring at the 2020 annual meeting of the stockholders.  

 

Ms. Spence will receive the same compensation paid to other non-employee directors of TreeHouse.  

 

Ms. Spence, 60, an independent consultant, was formerly Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality at Mondelēz International, Inc.   Prior to 2012, Ms. Spence served in the same capacity at Mondelēz International, Inc.’s parent company, Kraft Foods, Inc.  She has represented the food industry on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and Kraft Foods, Inc. on the International Food Sciences Institute board.   Ms. Spence serves on the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG and is chair of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.  Ms. Spence earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

 

There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Spence and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Spence was selected as a director of TreeHouse.  There is no transaction in which Ms. Spence has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.  

 

A copy of the press release announcing Ms. Spence’s appointment to the Board is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

 

(d)

Exhibits:

 

Exhibit

No.

 

Description 

 

 

 

99.1

 

Press release, dated September 4, 2018, announcing the appointment of Jean Spence to the Board of Directors

 

 

 

 


 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

 

TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Date: September 6, 2018

 

By:

/s/ Thomas E. O’Neill 

 

 

 

Thomas E. O’Neill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Counsel, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and officer duly authorized to sign on behalf of the registrant

 

 

ths-ex991_6.htm

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

 

 

Brian Pitts (312) 475-5921

 

Investor Relations Contact:

PI Aquino (708) 483-1331

 

 

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Appoints Jean Spence to Board of Directors

 

OAK BROOK, Ill., September 4, 2018 -- TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) today announced that it has appointed Jean Spence, an accomplished innovator in the food industry with significant achievements in organizational design, cost optimization, and a recognized expert in food safety and regulation, as a new independent Director to the Board. The appointment is effective September 4, 2018, bringing the total number of Board members to 10, of which eight are independent.

 

Gary D. Smith, Chairman of the Board, said, “We are pleased to welcome Jean, as she will bring fresh insights and new perspectives, as well as demonstrated and relevant experience to the TreeHouse Foods Board. We are confident that her contributions will be valuable as the Company continues to transform its business through the TreeHouse 2020 restructuring program and to refine its strategy to deliver long-term shareholder value.”

 

ABOUT JEAN SPENCE

 

 

Ms. Spence, an independent consultant, was formerly Executive Vice President of Research, Development, & Quality at Mondelēz International, Inc., a global leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages. Prior to the 2012 spin-off transaction to form Mondelēz, Ms. Spence served in the same capacity at parent company Kraft Foods, Inc. where she was responsible for improving quality and food safety on a worldwide basis, coordinating global compliance programs, scientific relations, regulatory relations, microbiology, and auditing. She has represented the food industry on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and Kraft on the International Life Sciences Institute and Junior Achievement of Chicago Boards. Ms. Spence serves on the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG and is Chair of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.

 


Ms. Spence earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.    

 

ABOUT TREEHOUSE FOODS

 

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaged foods and beverages with over 40 manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and Italy that focuses primarily on private label products for both retail grocery and food away from home customers. We manufacture shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen and fresh products, including beverages and beverage enhancers (single serve beverages, coffees, teas, creamers, powdered beverages and smoothies); meals (cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese and side dishes); retail bakery (refrigerated and frozen dough, cookies and crackers); condiments (pourable and spoonable dressing, dips, pickles, and sauces) and healthy snacks (nuts, trail mix, bars, dried fruits and vegetables). We have a comprehensive offering of packaging formats and flavor profiles, and we also offer natural, organic and preservative free ingredients in many categories. Our strategy is to be the leading supplier of private label food and beverage products by providing the best balance of quality and cost to our customers.

 

Additional information, including TreeHouse’s most recent statements on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, may be found at TreeHouse’s website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.