Mr. West serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Noblis, Inc., a nonprofit science, engineering, and technology company; serves as Chairman of TLI Leadership Group, a firm that provides strategic advice on national security and health policy issues; served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a nonprofit research and public policy institution, from 2004 to 2006; served as an attorney with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., including as of counsel to the firm from 2000 to 2004; served as Secretary of Veterans Affairs and a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet from 1998 to 2000; served as Secretary of the Army from 1993 to 1998; served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations of the Northrop Corporation, an aerospace and defense systems company, from 1990 to 1993; and served as a partner with the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP from 1981 to 1990. Mr. West has been General Counsel of the Department of Defense and General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, and has served with the U.S. Department of Justice.
With a career in government service, business, and the law, Mr. West brings to the Krispy Kreme Board strong leadership, risk-management, oversight, and governance skills. As Secretary of the Army, Mr. West had statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army, including an annual budget of approximately $60 billion and a work force of approximately one million. As Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mr. West was responsible for the operation of nationwide programs for healthcare, financial assistance, and burial benefits, with an annual budget of $48 billion and approximately 200,000 employees. Mr. West’s leadership, financial, and management experiences are beneficial to Krispy Kreme as it continues to expand as a domestic and international organization, with personnel, suppliers, and franchisees spread worldwide. With almost twelve years of service to the Board, Mr. West brings deep institutional knowledge and perspective regarding Krispy Kreme’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities. In addition, Mr. West has extensive community relations experience as a result of his service with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Boy Scouts of America, The Atlantic Council, World Affairs Council, and Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Other Directorships: Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global biopharmaceutical company, since 2008; Director of FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of high-efficiency power plants, since 2008. Mr. West also served on the Board of Directors of AbitibiBowater Inc., a paper products company, from 2002 to 2010.