– USA, GA – Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD), the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, and development of temperature-controlled warehouses, today announced the appointments of Rob Bass, Pam Kohn, and George Chappelle to its Board of Trustees, effective immediately, bringing the Board from eight to ten members.
Concurrently, newly appointed trustee, George Chappelle has been appointed Interim CEO, effective immediately, replacing Fred Boehler. The Board is seeking to identify a permanent CEO.
“We are pleased to have someone of George’s caliber step into the interim leadership role at this important time. George is a food and CPG industry veteran with tremendous logistics, supply chain and information technology expertise. Given Americold’s strong foundation, attractive assets and deep bench of talent, the Board is confident in the Company’s ability to deliver significant growth and long-term value creation as the supply chain recovers and food production levels rebound.” said Board Chairman, Mark Patterson.
With these Board additions, more than half of the Trustees have been appointed since 2019, while nine of the ten trustees are independent (NYSE requirements).
“The Americold Board is committed to regularly refreshing our membership to ensure we have the right mix of experience, skills, and backgrounds to advance shareholders’ interests,” commented Mark Patterson. “The additions of Pam, Rob, and George as Trustees enhances the experience and diversity of our Board. As a seasoned marketing and supply chain executive with big-box retailers and national grocery chains, Pam has a nuanced understanding of our industry and customer dynamics. Rob brings substantial real estate expertise and experience managing complex supply chains for some of the world’s largest big-box retailers. We are pleased to welcome Pam, Rob, and George to the Board and look forward to working with them as we continue to oversee management’s execution of Americold’s strategy to enhance shareholder value.”
About George Chappelle
George Chappelle most recently served as an executive of Tyson Foods, holding a variety of leadership roles including Chief Corporate Services Officer; General Manager of Emerging Proteins, Research and Development and Logistics; COO of Prepared Foods; and Chief Integration Officer. Before joining Tyson Foods in 2017, he served as COO at several leading consumer packaged goods companies, including AdvancePierre Foods, Vi-Jon, and Solo Cup Company. Previously, Mr. Chappelle spent more than four years with Sara Lee Foods, including as Chief Supply Chain Officer and Chief Information Officer. He also served as Chief Information Officer of HJ Heinz from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Chappelle currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Flagstone Foods and as a member of the Boards of Apex International and Randall Foods. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of AGRO Merchants Group from 2018 to 2020.
George Chappelle commented, “Having spent decades in the food industry, I have long admired Americold as a truly best-in-class operator and an irreplaceable partner in the food supply chain. I am honored to join the Board, take on this interim leadership role, and work with the talented Americold team. Together, we will continue to focus on serving the cold chain, delivering operational excellence, and executing disciplined growth.”
About Rob Bass
Rob Bass currently serves as Chief Supply Chain and Global Properties Officer of Best Buy and brings nearly two decades of experience in global supply chain and operational roles with leading big-box retailers. In his role with Best Buy, Mr. Bass is responsible for global order management, distribution centers, domestic and international transportation, global compliance and trade, final-mile fulfillment, reverse logistics, and real estate. Before joining Best Buy in 2013, Mr. Bass spent more than 12 years in a variety of supply chain positions with Target Corp., including Senior Supply Chain Leader. Previously, he served as a commercial airline pilot for 12 years for Sun Country Airlines and Midwest Airlines. Mr. Bass also served as a member of the Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Board of Directors from 2018 to 2020.
About Pamela Kohn
Pamela Kohn is Chief Merchandising Officer of Sally Beauty Holdings and has more than two 25 years of merchandising, supply chain, logistics, and operations expertise in the food and retail industries. Before joining Sally Beauty in 2019, Ms. Kohn served as Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer of the Family Dollar division of Dollar Tree and Chief Merchandising Officer of The Fresh Market. Previously, Ms. Kohn spent 13 years in a variety of leadership positions with Walmart, including SVP, Merchandising, SVP, Global Food Sourcing, EVP, Merchandise Services, and President of Walmart US Realty. Before her time at Walmart, Ms. Kohn served as SVP of Merchandising with Stop & Shop and spent eight years as SVP of Merchandising with Food Lion.
About Americold Realty Trust
Americold is the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 248 temperature-controlled warehouses, with over 1.5 billion refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America. Americold’s facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to consumers.
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