Lawrence Benjamin, Senior Advisor, joined New Mountain in 2011. Mr. Benjamin has over 25 years of experience leading business turnarounds in the food industry. From 2003 until his retirement in February 2011, he served in several executive positions at Royal Ahold, the Dutch-based global food retailer, including Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Foodservice, Chief Operating Officer of Ahold's U.S. retail businesses, Executive Vice President of Royal Ahold and a member of the company's board. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of several private equity owned food companies including The NutraSweet Company, Specialty Foods and Stella Foods. Prior to that, he held a number of management positions at Kraft, most recently as President of the Birds Eye/Budget Gourmet division. He is currently a Managing Director of Capwell Partners, an investment advisory firm focused on the health and wellness categories.
Mr. Benjamin is on the Board of Directors of Kate Spade & Company (NYSE: KATE), IRi, Sun Products Corporation, ABB Optical Group, The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island and the International Crane Foundation.