Board of Directors

Frank L. Jaksch Jr.
CEO
Frank L. Jaksch Jr.
CEO


Frank L. Jaksch Jr., 49 is a co-founder of the Company and has served as a member of Board since February 2000. Mr. Jaksch served as Chairman of the Board from May 2010 to October 2011 and was its Co-Chairman from February 2000 to May 2010. Mr. Jaksch currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

In April 2018, the Board of Directors approved a future transition of Mr. Jaksch whereby Mr. Jaksch will transition from his role as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of t... 

Steve R. Allen
Chairman
Steve R. Allen
Chairman


Stephen Allen, 67, has served as Chairman of the Board since February 2015, and as a director of the Board, Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of the Compensation Committee since January 2014.

Until 2009, Mr. Allen worked for Nestlé, at which point he retired from a 30 year career where he served in various sales, marketing and management roles, including 7 years serving in Nestlé’s Mergers and Acquisitions department. Until 2012, Mr. A... 

Jeff Baxter
Non-Executive Director
Jeff Baxter
Non-Executive Director


Jeff Baxter, 56, has served as a director of the Company since April 2015 and has served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since April 2015.

Mr. Baxter has served as President and CEO and a Director of VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV) since 2009. Previously, he was managing partner for the venture capital firm, The Column Group, where he played a pivotal role in the creation of several biotech companies including Immune Design ... 

Steven A. Block
Non-Executive Director
Steven A. Block
Non-Executive Director


Stephen A. Block, 73, has been a director of the Company since October 2007 and Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee since October 2007. From May 2010 to October 2011, Mr. Block served as Lead Independent Director to the Board.

Mr. Block is also a director and chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and a member of the audit committee of Senomyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX), where he has served on the board of directors since 2005. He al... 

Rob Fried
President and Chief Operating Officer
Rob Fried
President and Chief Operating Officer


Robert Fried, 57, has served as a director of the Company since July 2015 and has served as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from July 2015 to March 2017. In March 2017, Mr. Fried was appointed as President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company.

Mr. Fried served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDI, Inc. (formerly Tiger Media, Inc.), an information solutions provider focused on the data fusion market and formerly a Chinese adverti... 

Kurt Gustafson
Non-Executive Director
Kurt Gustafson
Non-Executive Director


Kurt A. Gustafson, 50, has been a director of the Company and Chair of the Audit Committee since October 2016 and a member of the Compensation Committee since March 2017. In April 2018, the Board of Directors appointed Mr. Gustafson as lead independent director of the Board of Directors, contingent and effective upon Mr. Gustafson’s re-election at the Annual Meeting.

Mr. Gustafson has more than 25 years of diverse experience in corporate finance. He currently serves as chief finan... 

Tony Lau
Non-Executive Director
Tony Lau
Non-Executive Director


Tony Lau, 29, has been a director of the Company since August 2017 and a member of the Compensation Committee since March 2018.

Since September 2014, Mr. Lau has been with Horizons Ventures Limited, building the consumer and retail segment and China market of the Hong Kong based investment firm. Prior to joining Horizons Ventures Limited, Mr. Lau was with Goldman Sachs Asia from June 2011 to August 2014.

Mr. Lau has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the Guanghua ... 

Steven D. Rubin
Non-Executive Director
Steven D. Rubin
Non-Executive Director


Steven D. Rubin, 57, has been a director of the Company and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since March 2017 and Chair of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since March 2018.

Mr. Rubin has served as OPKO Health, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: OPK) Executive Vice President – Administration since May 2007 and as a director since February 2007. Mr. Rubin is a member of The Frost Group, LLC, a private investment firm. He has extensive experience as a practicin... 

Wendy Yu
Non-Executive Director
Wendy Yu
Non-Executive Director


Wendy Yu, 42, has been a director of the Company since August 2017 and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since March 2018.

Since 2012, Ms. Yu has served as the Chief Digital Officer of Horizons Digital Group Limited (affiliate of Horizons Ventures Limited, a Hong Kong based investment firm), overseeing the Asia expansion of Horizons’ portfolio companies and directing public relations, communications, marketing and events.

Ms. Yu graduated from...