Board of Directors

Directors

  • Billy D. Prim
    Executive Chairman of the Board
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    Mr. Prim founded Primo Water Corporation (“Primo”) in 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since inception and has served as Executive Chairman since June 2017. Previously, Mr. Prim was the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Primo, Mr. Prim founded Blue Rhino Corporation (“Blue Rhino”), a provider of propane cylinder exchange and complementary propane and non-propane products, in March 1994 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Prim led Blue Rhino’s initial public offering in May 1998 and remained its Chief Executive Officer until April 2004, when Blue Rhino was acquired by Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., (“Ferrellgas”) at which time he was elected to the board of directors of Ferrellgas on which he served until November 2008. Mr. Prim previously served on the board of directors of Southern Community Bank and Trust from 1996 through 2005, its previous parent company, Southern Community Financial Corporation, and Towne Park Ltd. Mr. Prim also serves on the Wake Forest School of Business Board of Visitors and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board.

    Mr. Prim brings extensive business, managerial and leadership experience to the Company’s Board of Directors. His service as an executive and a director of the Company provides the Board of Directors with a vital understanding and appreciation of the business. Mr. Prim has accumulated substantial corporate and shareholder governance expertise through his many years of public company experience. In addition, Mr. Prim’s leadership abilities, his experience at Blue Rhino Corporation and his extensive knowledge of the bottled water industry position him well for service on the Company’s Board of Directors.

    • Matt Sheehan
      President & Chief Executive Officer
      Matt Sheehan

      Mr. Sheehan has served as Primo Water Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2017 and as a director since October 2016. From June 2013 until May 2017, Mr. Sheehan served as our President and Chief Operating Officer, and he served as Chief Operating Officer from December 2012 until June 2013. He leverages his vast financial, managerial, and leadership experience in the bottled water industry.

      Prior to joining our Company he held the following positions in Sales and Business Development at Redbox (a leading retailer specializing in movie and video game rental services via automated retail kiosks): Vice President, Strategic Venture Advisor in 2011; Vice President, Sales and Business Development from 2006 to 2011; and Director of Business Development from 2005 to 2006. Prior to Redbox, Mr. Sheehan served as the Sales Director, Transportation Solutions at Manhattan Associates, a provider of supply chain software for retail, distribution, transportation, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sheehan began his career with Streamline.com, a home grocery delivery business, in Supply Chain and Logistics as well as Business Services. Mr. Sheehan is Chairman-elect of the Alumni Advisory Board of the MBA program at Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”). Mr. Sheehan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and business management from Bentley University and a MBA from the Penn State College of Business.

      Mr. Sheehan’s extensive financial, managerial and leadership experience and knowledge of the bottled water industry and Primo’s operations position him well for service on the Board of Directors.

      • Susan E. Cates
        Lead Independent Director
        Susan Cates

        Ms. Cates has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2014, currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee, and was appointed as the Lead Independent Director in January 2019. Ms. Cates leverages her 20+ years in finance as an advisor, investor, and operator to counsel several early stage to mature companies as well as to advise public and private universities, including the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”), where she co-chairs the Nominations and Governance Committee of the Board of Advisors.

        Ms. Cates is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Association of College and University Educators, which in partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that improve student engagement, retention, and learning.  Ms. Cates also serves as a Partner at Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the education, training and software industries.

        Ms. Cates previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU) (“2U”) from 2016 to 2017, a leading provider of digital education services to universities around the world. At 2U, Ms. Cates oversaw all aspects of delivery of the company’s services to universities, including marketing, technology, content and university relationship management, as well as human resources. Over the course of her tenure at 2U, where she co-led the company’s sole international acquisition in South Africa and created centralized data analytics and talent management functions, the company approximately doubled its size in terms of employees, market capitalization, and revenue. Prior to joining 2U, Ms. Cates served as the President of Executive Development at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School from 2008 to 2016, and as the founding Executive Director of MBA@UNC from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining UNC, Ms. Cates was a partner with Best Associates, a Dallas-based private equity firm, where she led the identification, acquisition and oversight of multiple domestic and international companies operating in the education sector, including leading M&A efforts for Best Associates’ largest portfolio company and closing a series of acquisitions and partnerships in South America. Ms. Cates developed extensive experience identifying and acquiring a foothold in highly regulated industries while bringing in new strategies to accelerate growth. Prior to joining Best Associates, she co-founded ThinkEquity Partners (“ThinkEquity”), a boutique investment bank in New York, with former colleagues from Merrill Lynch & Co. (“Merrill Lynch”). At ThinkEquity, Ms. Cates headed the education investment banking practice with responsibility for business development, client relationships and deal execution. Prior to co-founding ThinkEquity, she worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York, as well as in corporate lending at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta.

        Ms. Cates earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and a MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC.

        Ms. Cates’ extensive executive, financial and transactional experience position her well to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

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        Lead Director
      • Richard A. Brenner
        Director
        Richard Brenner

        Mr. Brenner has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2005. He leverages his broad and extensive experience serving as a member on numerous boards and as a long-tenured executive leading various companies.

        Mr. Brenner is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Image Wizards, LLC (a leading provider of metal prints) and previously served as the Vice Chairman of Entrematic (formerly Amarr Garage Doors, a manufacturer and distributor of garage doors). Mr. Brenner also served as Entrematic’s Chief Executive Officer from July 2002 until November 2014 and its President from July 1993 until June 2002.

        Mr. Brenner currently serves on several boards of private and nonprofit entities, including ABC of North Carolina, Samet Corporation, Fuel Rod, Computer Credit, Inc., Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Board, where he has been a member of the Audit, Compliance, and Investment Policy Committees. He previously served on the board of directors of Blue Rhino Corporation, a provider of propane cylinder exchange and complementary propane and non-propane products from 1998 to 2004 at which time he led the independent special committee that oversaw its sale. Mr. Brenner previously served on the board of directors of Southern Community Bancshares, Inc. from 2002 to 2004 where he was a member of the Loan and Trust Committees. Mr. Brenner earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia.

        Mr. Brenner’s significant executive and board service experience position him well on the Board of Directors.

      • Jack C. Kilgore
        Director
        Jack Kilgore

        Mr. Kilgore has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee. He leverages his 36+ years of food industry experience with major retailers nationwide, extensive knowledge of and experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, board and compensation committee experience, and substantial executive and managerial experience.

        From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Kilgore served as President of the Consumer Products Division of Rich Products Corporation (a leading supplier and solutions provider to the foodservice, in-store bakery, and retail marketplaces) where he led the company’s consumer packaged goods business, managed several acquisitions, and oversaw global food safety and quality assurance. He joined Rich Products Corporation in 1978 where he advanced through various levels of increasing responsibility to the executive level.

        Mr. Kilgore currently serves as Chairman of the Board of South Coast Bank & Trust (a community bank based in Georgia) and as Chair of the Compensation Committee, and also serves as a director of the bank’s holding company, WBT BankShares Inc. He also serves on the board of PB2 Foods, Inc. (a maker of plant-based food products) and is the former Chairman of the National Fisheries Institute. Mr. Kilgore is also currently serving and has previously served in various leadership positions for a number of not-for-profit entities. Mr. Kilgore earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech.

        Mr. Kilgore’s abundant experience as an executive in the food and consumer packaged goods industries, along with his vast executive and managerial experience, position him well to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

      • Emma Battle
        Director
        Emma Battle

        Ms. Battle has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2019. She leverages her robust experience as an e-commerce, digital and online marketing executive.

        Ms. Battle is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of MarketVigor, LLC, a strategic consulting, e-commerce marketing and digital analytics firm. She also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Higher Education Works a non-profit organization that advocates for support of North Carolina public universities and community colleges. She previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of CRISP Agency, a digital advertising agency, before which she served in executive and senior marketing and sales roles at Red Hat, Inc. (formerly NYSE: RHT) and Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI). She also holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

        Ms. Battle brings to our Board of Directors demonstrated and relevant industry experience along with a unique perspective from her many years as an online marketing executive within the consumer and retail space.

      • Malcolm McQuilkin
        Director
        Mac McQuilkin

        Mr. McQuilkin has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2005.  Mr. McQuilkin is currently the President of Pioneer Strategic Sourcing LLC., an OEM supplier to the auto industry, and he previously served as the President of Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, LLC (“Blue Rhino”), an import and design company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrellgas Propane Partners. From 1990 until 2000, Mr. McQuilkin was the Chief Executive Officer of Uniflame, Inc., which was acquired by Blue Rhino in 2000.

        Mr. McQuilkin has extensive international business expertise, which includes building sales and distribution networks in Asia, Europe, South America, and Canada. Mr. McQuilkin’s strong leadership experience and his extensive knowledge of complex financial and operational issues facing large companies make him an invaluable member of the Board of Directors.

      • Charles Norris
        Director
        Charles Norris

        Mr. Norris has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since the Company’s acquisition of Glacier Water Services Inc. (“Glacier Water”) in December 2016.

        Mr. Norris previously served as the Chairman of Glacier Water from 2001 until its sale to Primo. Mr. Norris served as President of McKesson Water Products Company, a bottled water company and division of McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), from 1990 until he retired in October 2000. From 1981 through 1989, Mr. Norris served as President of Deer Park Spring Water Company, initially a division of Nestle USA, and led an investor group that acquired the business in 1985 before selling it to Clorox in 1987. He remained with Clorox through 1989 following their acquisition of Deer Park. From 1973 to 1985, Mr. Norris served in various operational executive positions with Nestle in both Switzerland and the United States. Mr. Norris served as President of the International Bottled Water Association from 1981 to 1982, and is a former Trustee of the Drinking Water Research Foundation.

        Mr. Norris is currently Chairman of the Board of FreshPet, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT, a pet food manufacturer), a role that he has held since its founding in 2006. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Advanced Engineering Management and MP Holdco LLC and was Chairman of the Board of Day Runner, Inc. from September 2001 until it was acquired in November 2003. Mr. Norris earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a MBA from Northeastern University.

        Mr. Norris provides the Board of Directors with extensive director and executive leadership experience, particularly within the water industry, having completed dozens of acquisitions, both domestically and internationally, and having led some of the top private and public companies in the water industry as they achieved superior shareholder returns

      • David L. Warnock
        Director
        David Warnock

        Mr. Warnock has served on Primo Water Corporation’s Board of Directors since 2005 and currently serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Throughout his extensive career in private investment management, Mr. Warnock served on the boards of various businesses and not-for-profit entities.

        Mr. Warnock is a founder and senior partner of Camden Partners Holdings, LLC (a private investment management firm established in 1995). He serves as the Chairman of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc. and Calvert Education Services, LLC. Mr. Warnock also serves on the board of numerous private companies in the context of his role as a general partner of Camden Partners funds. He also serves as a member of the board of several not-for profit entities, including Green Street Academy and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Mr. Warnock earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Delaware and a master’s in finance from the University of Wisconsin.

        Mr. Warnock brings to our Board of Directors a unique and valuable perspective from his years of experience in private investment management. Mr. Warnock’s business acumen and his financial, managerial, leadership and board service experience position him well to serve on our Board of Directors.

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