Mr. Schindler served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. from 1999 to 2004, and Executive Chairman of Reynolds American Inc., a company formed in 2004 by the merger of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings and the U.S. operations of British American Tobacco PLC, from 2004 to 2005. In over 31 years with Reynolds, Mr. Schindler held various senior management positions, including Vice President of Personnel, Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Director of Manufacturing for Nabisco Foods. Mr. Schindler retired from his executive position at Reynolds American Inc. in January 2005.
Through his experience as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, which included the negotiation of the merger of R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco, Mr. Schindler brings to the Krispy Kreme Board strong leadership, risk-management, marketing, operations, strategic-change, and personnel-development skills. Mr. Schindler qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC guidelines.
Other Directorships: Director of Hanesbrands Inc., a global consumer goods company, since 2006; Director of ConAgra Inc., a leading packaged food company, since 2007. Mr. Schindler also served on the Board of Directors of Arvin Meritor, Inc., a global automotive supply company, from 2004 to 2008, and Pike Electric Corporation, an energy solutions company, from 2006 to 2007.