TURNING POINT BRANDS, INC. (NYSE:TPB) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain OfficersItem 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(b)(d) Effective September 26, 2018, George W. Hebard, III resigned as a member of the Board of Directors of Turning Point Brands, Inc. (the “Company”). Also effective September 26, 2018, the Board appointed Ashley Davis Frushone, age 43, and Peggy Hwan Hebard, age 45, as new Board members. Ms. Hebard is the spouse of George W. Hebard, III. Mses. Davis and Hebard will be compensated in accordance with the Company’s previously adopted non-employee director compensation schedule. The Board has appointed Ms. Davis as Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and has appointed Ms. Hebard to the Board’s Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Ms. Davis is a founding partner of West Front Strategies LLC, established in January 2015. West Front Strategies LLC is a government relations firm that services clients in the education, financial services, transportation, tax, technology, international trade, energy, homeland security, healthcare, arts and philanthropy sectors. From 2003 to 2014, Ms. Davis was the Managing Principal at Blank Rome Government Relations, a subsidiary of Blank Rome LLP, a government relations business. Prior to Blank Rome, Ms. Davis worked at The White House as Special Assistant to the Director of Homeland Security and as Deputy Director of Management and Administration from 2001 to 2003. From 1999 to 2000, Ms. Davis served in various roles during the Bush/Cheney presidential campaign. From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Davis was a Senior Associate at Greenlee Partners, a government affairs firm. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees, and a Masters of International Business from Esade Business School in Spain, the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.
The Board believes Ms. Davis is well-qualified to serve as a director of the Company because of her extensive experience in government relations work, both in and outside of the industry.
Ms. Hebard holds the CFA and CPA designations, and is Senior Advisor to the Executive Office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a role she has held since 2007. Before her employment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ms. Hebard was a Director, Corporate Ratings Analyst focusing primarily on gaming companies at Standard & Poor’s from 2002 to 2007. In 2000 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Hebard served as an Associate in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on retail companies. Ms. Hebard spent two years from 1997 to 1999 as an Associate in the Financial Services Investment Management Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Hebard was employed as a Senior Associate, Business Assurance Financial Services Practice, at Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Hebard holds a Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration – Finance from the Yale School of Management.
The Board believes Ms. Hebard is well-qualified to serve as a director of the Company because of her significant finance and management experience.
About TURNING POINT BRANDS, INC. (NYSE:TPB)
Turning Point Brands, Inc., formerly North Atlantic Holding Company, Inc., is a provider of Other Tobacco Products (OTP) in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: smokeless products, smoking products and NewGen products. The Smokeless products market consists of approximately four product categories, which includes loose leaf chewing tobacco, Moist Snuff, Moist Snuff Pouches and Snus. The smoking products consist of various product categories, including cigarette papers, large cigars, (MYO cigar wraps and MYO cigar smoking tobacco, MYO cigarette smoking tobacco and related products, and traditional pipe tobacco. The NewGen products consist of various products, such as liquid vapor products, tobacco vaporizer products and a range of non-tobacco products and other non-nicotine products. Its portfolio of brands includes Zig-Zag, Beech-Nut, Stoker’s, Trophy, Havana Blossom, Durango, Our Pride and Red Cap.
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