OAK BROOK, ILL. — Jean Spence, an independent consultant who recently served as executive vice-president of research, development and quality at Mondelez International, has been appointed an independent director on TreeHouse Foods, Inc.’s board of directors. Ms. Spence’s appointment brings the total number of board members to 10.
“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,” said Gary D. Smith, chairman of the 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.”
Prior to the 2012 spin-off transaction to form Mondelez, Ms. Spence was senior vice-president of worldwide quality, scientific affairs and compliance at 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. Before joining Kraft, she was a process supervisor for Procter and Gamble.
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 received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.