Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

Karen Colonias
President and Chief
Executive Officer
Brian Magstadt
Chief Financial Officer,
Treasurer and Secretary
Ricardo M. Arevalo
Chief Operating Officer,
Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
Roger Dankel
President of North American Sales,
Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.


Board of Directors

 Peter N. Louras, Jr.

Peter N. Louras, Jr.

Chairman
Group Vice President
(retired)
The Clorox Company


Experience: Mr. Louras joined the Board in 1999. He is a retired corporate executive and was appointed Chairman of the Board in April, 2014. He joined The Clorox Company in 1980 and was Group Vice President from May, 1992 until his retirement in July 2000. In this position, he served on The Clorox Company's executive committee with overall responsibility for its international business activities and business development function, including acquisitions and divestitures. Before joining The Clorox Company, Mr. Louras, a certified public accountant, worked at Price Waterhouse in its offices in both San Francisco, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Louras actively participates in civic projects and serves on the boards of various non-for-profit organizations.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Mr. Louras brings to the Board and to his role as its Chair a highly effective collaborative and consensus-building and style of leadership. His business acumen stemming from his significant business background, which includes acquisition and international operating experience, brings a global perspective to the Board on the Company's U.S. and international operations. He also brings a balanced perspective on a wide range of corporate governance, management and compensation issues, and he has been active in engagement with shareholders to both address their concerns and also preserve the philosophy behind the company value, structure and culture developed by the Company's founder, Barclay Simpson. He is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee and the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Member of:

  • Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions
  • Audit & Finance
  • Compensation & Leadership Development

 Jennifer A. Chatman

Jennifer A. Chatman

Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


Experience: Ms. Chatman joined the Board in 2004. She is the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1993, she was a professor of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She received her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1988. She is a Trustee of Prospect Sierra School. In addition to her research and teaching at Berkeley, she consults with a wide range of organizations and is the faculty director of the Berkeley Executive Leader Program.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Ms. Chatman brings to the Board a deep understanding of organizational structure, leadership and compensation that gives us an objective perspective in interpreting and leveraging our unique culture to achieve our strategic objectives. She also brings insights into the Company’s strategy and process of formulating a sound, realistic strategy. She is able to focus on the organizational culture and its significance to the Company along with important considerations as the Company grows and changes. She brings her expertise in human resources along with a balanced perspective and her academic knowledge from a research perspective of business. She is the Chair of the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Committee Chair of Nominating & Governance

Committee Member of:

  • Audit & Finance

 Karen Colonias

Karen Colonias

President and CEO
Simpson Manufacturing Company Inc.


Experience: Ms. Colonias has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 2012, and in 2013 she was appointed to the Board. From 2009 - 2012 she was our Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer. Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President of our global structural product solutions subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. and, in that capacity from 2004 to 2009, served as the Branch Manager of Simpson Strong-Tie's manufacturing facility in Stockton, California. She joined Simpson Strong-Tie in 1984 as an engineer in the research and development department, where she was responsible for the design and testing of new products and code development. In 1998 she was promoted to Vice President of Engineering, responsible for Simpson Strong-Tie's research and development efforts. Before joining Simpson Strong-Tie, she worked as a civil engineer for the Bechtel Corporation, a global engineering, construction, and project management company. Since 2016, she has served as a director of Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Ms. Colonias brings to the Board her deep industry knowledge and her dedication to the ongoing success of the Company. She is our management's only representative on the Board. She actively shapes the Company's strategic objectives and brings her extensive knowledge and understanding to the Company culture, its operations, its employees, customers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders. She has demonstrated a commitment to integrity in all aspects of the Company's business and transparency in her leadership of the Company. She is currently a member of the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Member of:

  • Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions

 James S. Andrasick

James S. Andrasick

Chief Executive Officer
(retired)
Matson Navigation


Experience: Mr. Andrasick joined the Board in 2012. He was the Chairman of Matson Navigation Company's board of directors, until his retirement in 2009, and was its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 through 2008. Prior to his positions at Matson Navigation, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., the parent company of Matson Navigation, and was responsible for all business development activity. He recently served as a Trustee and Chair of the finance committee of Mills College and is presently a Trustee of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation and a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Big Sur Land Trust. He also previously served as a director and the Chairman of the board of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, as well as served on the boards of the Aloha United Way, Arthritis Foundation and Hawaii Maritime Center. He was the Chairman and a Trustee of the University of Hawaii Foundation.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Mr. Andrasick brings to the Board a balanced perspective and his consensus-building style along with his business acumen stemming from his 40 years of business experience, including international experience. He also brings his financial and capital allocation and management expertise, and a strong understanding of developing markets. His experience in developing the China market for Matson Navigation, in real estate development for Alexander & Baldwin and in mergers and acquisitions gives him a unique understanding of the Company's current opportunities, and his strong financial and operations background adds depth to the Board's understanding of our business. He is the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Chair of Audit & Finance

Committee Member of:

  • Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions
  • Nominating & Governance

 Celeste Volz Ford

Celeste Volz Ford

Founder & CEO
Stellar Solutions


Experience: Ms. Ford joined the Board in 2014. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of Stellar Solutions, Inc. since she founded the company in 1995. Stellar Solutions is a global provider of systems engineering expertise and a recognized leader in government and commercial aerospace programs. She is a proven leader of the Stellar companies, including Stellar Solutions, Inc., which provides engineering services, Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd, their UK-based affiliate, QuakeFinder, the humanitarian R&D division of Stellar Solutions, and the Stellar Solutions Foundation, a division focused on charitable giving to promote community involvement and outreach efforts. Ms. Ford sits on the boards of Seagate Government Solutions, The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, the American Conservatory Theater and the business Advisory Counsel of Illuminate Ventures.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Ms. Ford brings to the Board her proven record of leadership and entrepreneurial spirit as well as her deep understanding of and experience with cyber, technology and software. She also brings her deep knowledge of strategic planning, a significant focus of the Company, and risk management. Additionally, she brings her valuable insights regarding activities in Europe. She is a member of the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee and the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Member of:

  • Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions
  • Compensation & Leadership Development

 Gary M. Cusumano

Gary M. Cusumano

Chairman
(retired)
The Newhall Land and Farming Company


Experience: Mr. Cusumano joined the Board in 2007. He was with the Newhall Land and Farming Company for more than 35 years, most recently as the Chairman of its board of directors, until his retirement in 2006. He is a director of Forest Lawn Memorial Park and the J.G. Boswell Company and was a director of Granite Construction, Inc., Sunkist Growers, Inc., Watkins-Johnson Company and Zero Corporation and has served on the boards of many not-for-profit and community service organizations.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Mr. Cusumano brings to the Board his deep understanding of real estate development, and along with his business acumen and focus, give him the ability to constructively challenge management in a positive manner. He also brings to the Board a balanced perspective from both the management and board member perspectives given his extensive leadership abilities and significant boardroom experience. He is the Chair of the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee and a member of the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Committee Chair of Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions

Committee Member of:

  • Compensation & Leadership Development
  • Nominating & Governance

 Robin Greenway MacGillivray

Robin Greenway MacGillivray

Senior Vice President – One AT&T Integration
(retired)
AT&T


Experience: Ms. MacGillivray joined the Board in 2004. She retired from AT&T Inc. in 2014 with nearly 15 years of executive leadership experience as a corporate officer. From 2010 until her retirement in 2014 she was Senior Vice President - One AT&T Integration where she led the implementation of hundreds of world-wide initiatives designed to integrate merged organizations for optimal customer service and financial performance. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President - Regional and Local Markets, responsible for service and sales of AT&T's small business customers nationwide. Previously, she was President of Business Communications Services for AT&T's western region, where she served the needs of small, medium and large businesses, including government, education and health care accounts. Over the course of her 35-year career, she held leadership positions in a variety of other areas, including engineering, operations, construction, finance and human resources.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Ms. MacGillivray brings to the Board her significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, particularly the integration of acquired entities. As a result of her accomplishments at AT&T, she also brings her substantial experience with and understanding of corporate culture, how to build teams, leadership development and change management. She also brings her dedication to corporate governance. She is the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Chair of Nominating & Governance

Committee Member of:

  • Audit & Finance

 Michael A. Bless

Michael A. Bless

CEO
Century Aluminum Company


Experience: Mr. Bless has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Century Aluminum Company since November 2011 and was Century Aluminum's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2006 to October 2011. He has been a board member of Century Aluminum since December, 2012, and a board member of CNA Financial Corporation, a controlled company, since October, 2017. Century Aluminum and CNA Financial Corporation are both public companies. He has been National Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs of America since January 2014.

Contribution to and function on the Board: Having held senior management positions at a public company in a related industry, Mr. Bless brings valuable leadership, industry, risk-management, investor-relation, international operations experience and strategy-development experience to the Board. His business insights, financial acumen and expansive knowledge of the construction materials industry and global market conditions enhance the collective corporate governance, strategic growth and financial expertise of the Board. He is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Committee.

Committee Member of:

  • Audit & Finance
  • Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions


Communications with the Board of Directors

Stockholders are encouraged to communicate any concerns or suggestions directly to the independent members of the Board of Directors of the Company. Please write to:

Board of Directors
Simpson Manufacturing Company Inc.
P.O. Box 1394
Alamo, CA 94507-7394

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