Investor Relations
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Board of Directors

Melissa Reiff , Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer & President

Prior to assuming her role as Chief Executive Officer in July 2016, Melissa Reiff served as our President since early 2006, adding Chief Operating Officer to her title in March 2013, and has served on our board of directors since August 2007 (and on the board of directors of The Container Store, Inc. since February 2006). Ms. Reiff joined The Container Store in 1995 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She created and formalized our Sales and Marketing department and was responsible for sales management, training, advertising, e-business marketing, public relations and new store grand opening launches. In 2003 Ms. Reiff assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Stores and Marketing, as she was responsible for further integrating the stores and marketing functions. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Reiff was responsible for the business areas of Store Leadership, Marketing (including Advertising, Online, Customer Relationship Management, Public Relations, Cultural Programs, Community Relations and Social Media), Training and Development, Recruiting, Information Systems, Legal, Loss Prevention and Logistics and Distribution. Ms. Reiff has played a critical role in enhancing and strengthening The Container Store’s employee-first culture centered around our values-based Foundation Principles. She is a member of the Dallas chapter of the American Marketing Association, International Women’s Foundation and C200, an organization of leading women in business dedicated to fostering growth and increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders worldwide. She also serves on Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Executive Board and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas. Recently Ms. Reiff was honored with the 2012-2013 SMU Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumna award. Ms. Reiff was selected to our board of directors because she possesses particular knowledge and experience in retail and merchandising, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as our business.

Timothy J. Flynn , Director

Timothy J. Flynn has served on our board of directors since August 2007. Mr. Flynn is currently a Partner with LGP, our majority stockholder, and joined the firm in 2003. Prior to joining LGP he had been a Director in the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in Los Angeles, which he joined in 2000 following CSFB’s acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). Mr. Flynn had been with DLJ since 1996 and had previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Paine Webber Inc. in New York. Mr. Flynn also serves on the board of the parent holding company of CCC Information Services and serves on the board of United States Infrastructure Corp., Tank Holdings Corp. and Del Taco Holdings, Inc. Mr. Flynn was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, retail businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

J. Kristofer Galashan , Director

J. Kristofer Galashan has served on our board of directors since August 2007. Mr. Galashan is currently a Principal with LGP, our majority stockholder, and joined the firm in 2002. Prior to joining LGP he had been in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in Los Angeles which he joined in 2000 following CSFB’s acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). Mr Galashan had been with DLJ since 1999. Mr. Galashan also serves on the board of the parent holding companies of BJ’s Wholesale Club and Tourneau and serves on the board of Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC. Mr. Galashan was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, retail businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

Robert E. Jordan , Lead Director

Robert E. Jordan was appointed as a director to the board of directors in October 2013. Mr. Jordan is the Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Southwest Airlines and President of AirTran Airways. Mr. Jordan joined Southwest Airlines in 1988 and has served in a number of roles including Executive Vice President Strategy & Planning, Executive Vice President Strategy & Technology, Senior Vice President Enterprise Spend Management, Vice President Technology, Vice President Purchasing, Controller, Director Revenue Accounting, and Manager Sales Accounting. Mr. Jordan has led a number of significant initiatives including the acquisition of AirTran Airways, the development of the new e-commerce platform and the all new loyalty program. Mr. Jordan was selected to our board because he brings financial experience and possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations.

Walter Robb , Director

Walter Robb was appointed as a director to the board of directors in September 2013. With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010, was named co-CEO along with John Mackey at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. He also continues to serve on the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors, as well as Union Square Hospitality Group. As an ardent organic advocate, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976. Mr. Robb was selected to our board because he brings financial and risk assessment experience as well as his retail, entrepreneurial and management experience.

Rajendra (‘‘Raj’’) Sisodia , Director

Rajendra (‘‘Raj’’) Sisodia was appointed as an independent director to the board of directors in September 2013. Mr. Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College. Previously, Mr. Sisodia taught marketing at Bentley University, George Mason University and Boston University. He has authored and co-authored seven books, including Firms of Endearment and Conscious Capitalism. Mr. Sisodia is Co-Chairman, Trustee and member of the Executive Team of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit whose focus is fostering businesses that function in a different way than the norm by valuing the deeper purpose of the organization and creating value for all of stakeholders, and serves on the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Mastek Ltd. Mr. Sisodia was selected to our board of directors because of the teaching, researching and consulting he has done with businesses during his career as well as the role he has played in developing and refining the principles of Conscious Capitalism.

Jonathan D. Sokoloff , Director

Jonathan D. Sokoloff has served on our board of directors since August 2007. Mr. Sokoloff is currently a Managing Partner with LGP, our majority stockholder, and joined in 1990. Before joining LGP, he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Sokoloff also serves on the board of the parent holding companies of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Shake Shack, and Jetro Cash & Carry and serves of the board of Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC, Whole Foods Market, Inc., J.Crew Group, Inc., The Sports Authority, Inc., Brickman Group Holdings, Inc., Jo Ann Stores, Inc., The Tire Rack, Inc. and Top Shop/Top Man Limited. He co chairs the Endowment Committee for Private Equity at his alma mater, Williams College. Mr. Sokoloff was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, retail businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

Caryl M. Stern , Director

Caryl Stern was appointed as a director to the Board of Directors on October 27, 2014. Ms. Stern serves as President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF USA, and joined the nonprofit in 2006. Ms. Stern has three decades of non-profit and education experience including serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League; the founding Director of ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute; and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University. She has served on numerous non-profit Boards including the United Nations International School, Mercy College, and the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation. Currently, she serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the SEEDS Academy, and the Advisory Board to the WNBA. Stern is the author of I BELIEVE IN ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children. Ms. Stern was selected to our Board because of her global business perspective and her organizational leadership, operational and financial expertise.

Wendi Sturgis , Director

Wendi Sturgis currently serves as Chief Client Officer of Yext, Inc., a New York based technology company operating in the area of on-line brand management, and Chief Executive Officer of Yext, Europe, positions that she has held since December 2016 and April 2019, respectively. Sturgis joined Yext in 2011, and has held a variety of executive roles, including Executive Vice President of Sale and Services from August 2011 to December 2016.

Sturgis previously ran the North America Account Management team at Yahoo! Inc., where she was responsible for an 800-person organization and $1.4 billion in revenue. She has also previously held executive positions at Price Waterhouse, Oracle, Scient, Gartner and Right Media, and served as a director of Student Transportation of America, where she gained experience in cybersecurity leading the company’s annual cybersecurity risk review.

Sturgis was selected as a nominee to our Board of Directors because of her leadership experience in the technology, digital transformation and marketing fields.