BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott L. ThompsonChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott L. Thompson has served as Chairman of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors and as its President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2015. During his tenure, the company has significantly grown earnings, organically developed a significant direct to consumer business, established Sealy as the number one mattress brand in the United States, launched innovative Tempur-Pedic products that won the JD Power Award for quality, and expanded into the private label bedding business. Tempur Sealy International is the largest and most profitable bedding company in the world.
Thompson previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., until it was purchased by Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. in 2012. During his tenure, the company’s stock rose from $0.97 a share to $87.50 a share, a compounded growth rate of over 200%. Prior to Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Mr. Thompson was a founder of Group 1 Automotive, Inc., a NYSE and Fortune 500 company, serving as its Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Thompson has served on six public company Boards, chaired three and has been involved in numerous acquisitions and divestitures. He founded four multi-million-dollar charities with a primary focus on children. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and began his career in Texas with a national accounting firm.Chairman of the Board
Evelyn S. Dilsaver
Evelyn S. Dilsaver has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors since December 2009. Ms. Dilsaver was President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab Investment Management from July 2004 until September 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Dilsaver held various senior management positions with The Charles Schwab Corporation since December 1991, including Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, Asset Management Products and Services, of Charles Schwab Investment Management and Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Trust Company. Ms. Dilsaver is also a member of the board of directors of Aeropostale, Inc., a clothing retailer, HealthEquity, Inc., a non-bank health savings trustee, Bailard Private Real Estate Fund, as well as Blue Shield of California and other non-profit boards. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of Protiviti, a global consulting company. In the past five years, Ms. Dilsaver has also served as a director of HighMark Funds, an asset management firm, Longs Drugs, a retail pharmacy chain, and Tamalpais Bancorp. Ms. Dilsaver is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from California State University-Hayward. Ms. Dilsaver brings a long professional career in finance, accounting and general management and considerable experience with consumer-oriented businesses to the Board as a senior executive of a large investment management firm and her many years of serving as a director of companies in a variety of businesses.
John A. Heil
John A. Heil has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors since March 2008. From February 2005 until his retirement in April 2013, he served as President of United Pet Group, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of pet food/supplies and a subsidiary of Spectrum Brands, Inc. Spectrum Brands, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in February 2009 and emerged from bankruptcy protection on August 28, 2009. From 2000 to February 2005 he served as United Pet Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Heil has been a member of the board of directors and a member of the audit committee of VCA Antech, Inc., a NYSE listed company, since February 2002, and previously served as a director of that company from 1995 to 2000. Prior to joining United Pet Group, Mr. Heil spent twenty-five years with the H.J. Heinz Company in various executive and general management positions including President of Heinz Pet Products. Mr. Heil holds a B.A. degree in economics from Lycoming College. Mr. Heil’s long career in management and the branded consumer products arena brings a remarkable depth of operational and strategic experience to the Board.
Cathy R. Gates has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors since July 2018. Prior to her retirement in June 2017, Ms. Gates served as an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 2008 until 2017, she served as the Managing Partner of that office. Ms. Gates began working at Ernst & Young LLP in 1986, and during her tenure there worked with both public and privately-held clients throughout the southwestern United States in the retail/consumer products, transportation, manufacturing and contract drilling industries. Ms. Gates’ areas of expertise include working with internal audit departments, coordinating financial statement audits, accounting and financial reporting. She currently serves on the Tulsa Area United Way Board of Directors and the Walton College of Business Dean’s Executive Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas. She previously served on the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Tulsa Komen Race for the Cure Board of Directors. Ms. Gates holds a Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. Ms. Gates brings a wealth of experience in auditing, accounting and financial reporting to the Company’s Board of Directors through her past experience gained as an Assurance and Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP.
Jon L. Luther
Jon L. Luther has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors since May 2015. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin’ Brands from January 2003 to January 2009 and Chairman from March 2006 to January 2009. In January 2009, he assumed the role of Executive Chairman and became non-Executive Chairman from July 2010 until his retirement in May 2013. Prior to Dunkin’ Brands, Mr. Luther was President of Popeyes, a division of AFC Enterprises, from February 1997 to December 2002. Prior to Popeyes, Mr. Luther served as President of CA One Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc., a global food service and hospitality company, and served as President and CEO of Benchmark Services, Inc., a food services company he founded. Earlier in his career, Mr. Luther held various leadership positions at Marriott Corporation and ARAMARK. Mr. Luther is a member of the board of directors of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Arby’s Restaurant Group. Mr. Luther holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Paul Smith’s College. Mr. Luther brings a strong track record of profitably growing large global consumer branded businesses, with a keen understanding of the consumer, and notable brand development expertise. He has significant relevant experience as a CEO and as a director of other high-performance public companies.
Richard W. Neu
Richard W. Neu has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors since October 2015. Mr. Neu’s professional career has spanned over 35 years. For the last 11 years Mr. Neu has served in a variety of Board roles. Mr. Neu currently serves on the board of directors, as chair of the audit committee and as a member of the executive and integration risk oversight committees of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, and as a member of the board of directors of TICC Capital Corp. Until the sale of the company in 2012, he was the lead director and a member of the audit committee and governance committee of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., having served as the chairman of the Dollar Thrifty board of directors from 2010 through 2011. Mr. Neu also served as a director of MCG Capital Corporation, a private equity firm, from 2007 until its sale in 2015, and during this period served as chairman of the board from 2009 to 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer from November 2011 to November 2012. Mr. Neu served from 1985 to 2004 as Chief Financial Officer of Charter One Financial, Inc., a major regional bank holding company, and a predecessor firm, and as a director of Charter One Financial, Inc. from 1992 to August 2004. Mr. Neu previously worked for KPMG. Mr. Neu received a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University with a major in accounting. Mr. Neu has extensive knowledge and experience handling complex financial and operational issues through his service as both a director and executive officer of a variety of public companies.
Arik W. Ruchim is a Partner at H Partners, an investment management firm and a major Tempur Sealy International shareholder. Prior to joining H Partners in 2008, Mr. Ruchim was at Creative Artists Agency and Cruise/Wagner Productions. Mr. Ruchim previously served as a director of Remy International, Inc., a global manufacturer of automotive parts, and as a director of Dick Clark Productions, a television production company. Mr. Ruchim serves as a member of the University of Michigan's Tri-State Leadership Council, a group dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Mr. Ruchim has a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Michigan. Mr. Ruchim brings to the Board a strong business and financial background and extensive investment experience.
Robert B. Trussell Jr.
Robert B. Trussell, Jr. has served as a member of Tempur Sealy International’s Board of Directors or its predecessors since 2002. Mr. Trussell served as Chief Executive Officer of Tempur Sealy or its predecessor from November 2002 until his retirement in May 2006. From 1994 to December 2004, Mr. Trussell served as President of the Company and its predecessors. Prior to joining the Company's predecessor in 1994, Mr. Trussell was general partner of several racing limited partnerships that owned racehorses in England, France and the United States. He was also the owner of several start-up businesses in the equine lending and insurance business. Mr. Trussell received his B.S. degree from Marquette University. As former Chief Executive Officer and a principal founder of Tempur Sealy, Mr. Trussell brings significant management and mattress industry experience and an historical perspective to the Board.