BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thomas D. Gardner
Thomas D. Gardner is the former Executive Vice President of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. (now Trusted Media Brands, Inc.). He spent 15 years at the company in a variety of operating leadership roles, including President of Reader’s Digest International, and President of North American Books & Home Entertainment. He also served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Vice President of Marketing for Reader’s Digest USA. Mr. Gardner previously served as a Director of Dex Media as well as of its predecessor company, SuperMedia. He is also currently on the Advisory Board of Hope’s Door, a domestic violence agency located in New York, and previously served as a Trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital Center in New York, and Reader’s Digest Foundation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gardner held positions at McKinsey & Co., General Foods Corporation (now part of KraftHeinz) and Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc. Mr. Gardner received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Director since December 1, 2016.
Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.
Dieter Jentsch is a former Scotiabank executive with extensive strategic, operational, M&A and capital markets experience. He most recently served as Group Head, Global Banking & Markets, where he oversaw the bank’s corporate and investment banking, capital markets and transaction banking businesses worldwide. During his 35-year tenure at Scotiabank, Mr. Jentsch held a variety of senior positions. Previously, Mr. Jentsch was also Group Head of International Banking where he managed operations in 43 countries across Asia, South America and the Caribbean. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a diploma from the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD (European Institute of Business). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Director since July 15, 2019.
Robert (Chris) Kreidler
Robert (Chris) Kreidler is a strategic and financial consultant and was a Special Advisor to the Aimia Board of Directors from December, 2016 to May 11, 2017. Mr. Kreidler is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, a Member of the Council of Overseers for Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the boards of directors of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. and Wok Parent, LLC. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Kreidler was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sysco Corporation, the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Prior to Sysco, Mr. Kreidler was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Customer Officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States. Before C&S, Mr. Kreidler enjoyed 11 years with Yum! Brands, one of the largest restaurant companies in the world and the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, where he held a number of international positions, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Treasurer. Earlier in his career Mr. Kreidler was a partner in the small investment banking firm led by T. Boone Pickens. Mr. Kreidler earned a B.A. from Rice University, and an M.B.A from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
Director since May 11, 2017.
Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Linda Kuga Pikulin
Linda Kuga Pikulin is a former PepsiCo executive with significant North American operating experience in the beverage business. She served as the President of PepsiCo Beverages Canada from June 2010 to February 2011, and led the complex integration of PepsiCo’s brand and bottling businesses to position the company for long-term growth. From 1998 to 2010, she served as the President of the Pepsi Bottling Group Canada responsible for the sales, manufacturing, merchandising and distribution of Pepsi products. Under her leadership, the bottling company delivered unprecedented market share and profit growth. Prior to leading the Canadian business, she was appointed to lead field operations in two of PepsiCo’s largest US businesses. Ms. Pikulin was also the President of Mark Anthony Brands from June 2014 to November 2014. Ms. Pikulin was appointed as an Independent Director for IPL Plastics Inc., a global plastics manufacturer in June 2018. She is also an Independent Director for Enersource Corporation. Ms. Pikulin is an active community leader serving on the Trillium Health Partners Foundation Board and a previous Campaign Chair for the United Way. Ms. Pikulin, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Director since June 28, 2019.
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
William (Bill) McEwan
William (Bill) McEwan is an accomplished CEO. He is a member of the Board of Directors of international food retailer Ahold Delhaize and serves as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Sustainability & Innovation Committee. Mr. McEwan is also a member of the Board of Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd. and Ultima Foods. Between 2000 and until he made the personal decision to step down in June 2012, Mr. McEwan held the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. Mr. McEwan also served on the Board of Directors of Sobeys’ parent company, Empire Company Limited. At Sobeys, Mr. McEwan was responsible for the leadership and oversight of all aspects of growing the company from a $9 billion to a $17 billion organization by leading the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategic plan and executing Sobeys’ food-focused growth initiatives. Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of progressively senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and Coca-Cola Bottling as well as in grocery retail with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in both Canada and the U.S. Mr. McEwan served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and CEO of the company’s U.S. Atlantic Region. Mr. McEwan began his career at Ferraro’s Ltd.’s, Super Valu Stores at age 15, spending 13 years with the company in both B.C. and Alberta in a variety of store, operations, merchandising, procurement and general management roles. Mr. McEwan has played an active leadership role in a number of industry and charitable organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the global Consumer Goods Forum, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, the Coca-Cola Research Council, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Foundation, the McEwan Family Foundation and Kids Help Phone.
Director since December 1, 2016.
Chairman of the Board since March 28, 2019, and chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Frederick (Fred) Mifflin
Frederick (Fred) Mifflin is Vice Chair and Partner at Blair Franklin Capital Partners and an experienced public company board director, bringing extensive experience in M&A, capital allocation, corporate governance and executive leadership. During his 12 years at Blair Franklin Capital Partners, a leading Canadian independent investment bank, Mr. Mifflin has provided strategic and financial advice and valuations to boards and their independent committees, as well as public sector institutions. He also currently serves as the Lead Independent Director, chair of audit and a member of the compensation and governance committees at Altius Minerals Company (TSX: ALS), a Director at Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS) and the non-executive Chair of Trinity Capital Management. Previously, Mr. Mifflin spent 17 years at Bank of Montreal, where he served as Vice Chairman, Global Head of Investment and Corporate Banking. He holds a B.Comm (Hons.) from Queen’s University, an MBA from The University of Chicago, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. He has also been an Executive in Residence at INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Director since July 15, 2019.
Philip Mittleman serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President for Mittleman Brothers, LLC and its subsidiaries, including Mittleman Investment Management, LLC, a value-oriented SEC-registered investment adviser. Before co-founding Mittleman Brothers in 2005, he was Managing Partner of Blue Hill Ventures LLC and Voltron Ventures LP, which were venture capital funds with investments in a variety of industries. Early stage investments in companies such as rent.com (acquired by Ebay), First International Oil Corp (acquired by Sinopec), Eyewonder (acquired by Limelight), and Audium (acquired by Cisco), resulted in liquidity events of over US$1 billion. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of the Kushner-Locke Company, a Nasdaq-listed entertainment company. He began his career at Kushner-Locke after attending Kent School, and Trinity College. Mr. Mittleman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Providence House, a non-profit charitable organization.
Director since April 27, 2018.
Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Jeremy Rabe joined Aimia as Chief Executive Officer in May 2018, responsible for driving the company’s business strategy and performance. His extensive loyalty industry experience includes six years at Premier Loyalty & Marketing, where he was a Board Director and the founding CEO responsible for the management of Club Premier, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program. Prior to joining Aimia, Jeremy was the Founder and Managing Partner of On Point Loyalty, a boutique investment and advisory firm focused on the airline loyalty industry and an Operating Partner with Advent International, a leading global private equity firm. While working with Advent, he provided strategic support to portfolio companies including LifeMiles, the loyalty program of Avianca. He has also worked as a strategy consultant and frequent flyer program director for Aeromexico and TACA Airlines. Mr. Rabe has an MBA from INSEAD and graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University.
Director since April 27, 2018.