Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Committed to being stewards of wellness, our Board of Directors bring a lifetime’s worth of expertise in food & beverage and adjacent industries.

Irwin D. Simon
Executive Chairman of the Board

Irwin D. Simon has served as Executive Chairman of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020. He is an executive with over 30 years of experience building industry-leading, disruptive consumer packaged goods companies ranging from organic and natural foods, dietary supplements, personal care, and cannabis. Mr. Simon is Chairman and Chief Executive officer at Tilray Brands, Inc (NASDAQ: TLRY, TSX: TLRY). Before its reverse acquisition of Tilray, Mr. Simon transformed Aphria Inc. into a profitable global cannabis company with leading market share brands.

Mr. Simon founded The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company, in 1993. As Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman, he led Hain Celestial for more than 27 years and grew the business to $3 billion in net sales with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™.

Irwin is also Lead Director at Stagwell Inc. (NASDAQ: STGW), a digital-first global marketing network that delivers scalable, seamless solutions through a unique combination of culture-moving creativity and leading-edge technology.

Mr. Simon serves on the board of directors at Tulane University and the Board of Trustees at Poly Prep Country Day School. A true entrepreneur, Irwin is also the majority owner of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, and co-owner of St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada. He is also the co-owner of the iconic Lobster Roll Restaurant, also known as “Lunch” in the Hamptons.

Steven M. Cohen

Steven M. Cohen, has served as a Director of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020. Mr. Cohen previously served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. He also served as Secretary to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in addition to serving as Counselor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York Attorney General under Attorney General Cuomo. In private practice, Mr. Cohen has represented a wide array of corporations and individuals in complex commercial, criminal, and regulatory matters. He previously served as the Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Cohen received his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the New York University Board of Trustees and University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Advisors. He currently serves as the NY Trustee of the Gateway Development Corporation and previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Denise Faltischek

Denise Faltischek has served as a Director and the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020. Ms. Faltischek is Head of International Business and Chief Strategy Officer at Tilray Brands, Inc (NASDAQ: TLRY, TSX: TLRY). In her current role, Ms. Faltischek is responsible for the development and implementation of Tilray’s overall corporate strategy, partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions, as well as Tilray’s international business operations and growth strategies across 20 countries. Before joining Tilray, she served as Chief Strategy Officer at Aphria Inc. and led the Company’s global strategy, a pivotal role in transforming Aphria into a global cannabis leader. An executive with extensive consumer-packaged goods experience, Ms. Faltischek also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company with $3 billion in net sales and operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. At Hain Celestial, Ms. Faltischek led the successful completion of more than 50 acquisitions and strategic transactions.

Albert Manzone
Chief Executive Officer, Director

Albert Manzone serves as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020, Director of Whole Earth Brands Board since September 2020, and as Chief Executive Officer of Flavors Holdings Inc. since February 2016. Mr. Manzone brings to Whole Earth Brands a high level of strategic acuity, operational know-how, and a global mindset with over 30 years of accomplishments in the consumer products industry and at McKinsey & Co. Prior to joining Flavors Holdings Inc., Mr. Manzone served as President, Europe at Oettinger Davidoff AG.; President of Consumer Health, South East Europe, at Novartis; President, Europe at W.M. Wrigley Jr. Company; and over a decade in global executive leadership roles at PepsiCo in North America and International, including as President, PepsiCo Shelf Stable Juices North America. Mr. Manzone holds a graduate degree in International Business from the Sorbonne University in Paris and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Manzone serves as Trustee of the Northwestern University Board and President-Elect of the Northwestern Alumni Association. He is Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the Environment, and Director of Monaco Digital in Monaco on behalf of the Principality of Monaco.

Ira J. Lamel

Mr. Ira J. Lamel, CPA, has served as a Director of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020 and served as Act II’s Chief Financial Officer since December 2018. Mr. Lamel has over 40 years of experience in finance and accounting. He currently serves as a Director of Novanta Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVT), a leading global supplier of core technology solutions for medical and advanced industrial original equipment manufacturers. Mr. Lamel was Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial from 2013 to 2014 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hain Celestial from 2001 to 2013. Previously, Mr. Lamel was an audit partner in the New York area practice of E&Y. He retired from E&Y after a 29-year career.

John M. McMillin

Mr. John M. McMillin has served as a Director of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020 and served as a Director of Act II since April 2019. Mr. McMillin is a Limited Partner with Lord Abbett & Co., LLC, an independent, privately-held money management firm including mutual funds, institutional and managed accounts, a position he has held since October 2018. From 2007 to 2018, Mr. McMillin was a Partner, conducting equity research covering approximately 70 for large and mid-cap companies in the consumer staples sector in the United States. Mr. McMillin was also Managing Director and Senior Food Analyst at Prudential Equity Group and Prudential Securities from 1985 to 2007 where he was inducted into The Wall Street Journal “Best on the Street” Stock Picking Hall of Fame in 1996. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. McMillin worked in the securities industry at Sterling Grace & Co., and from 1981 to 1985 at Mabon Nugent, Philips, Appel & Walden.

Anuraag Agarwal

Mr. Anuraag Agarwal has served as a Director of Whole Earth Brands since June 2020 and served as a Director of Act II since April 2019. Mr. Agarwal is Group Head of Business Development, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions at Future Group, a consumer-oriented conglomerate with interests in retail, consumer brands, food parks, manufacturing, logistics, data sciences, media, insurance and financial services, whose few public limited companies are listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. Mr. Agarwal has been actively involved in structuring, and overseeing Future Group’s international joint ventures, partnerships and alliances and is a member of the board of directors of some of its existing and former joint ventures and alliances, including those with The Migros Group in Switzerland, Hain Celestial, 7-Eleven, Inc. and Staples, Inc. in the United States, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited in New Zealand and Clarks in the United Kingdom. He has also helped spearhead, directly and through board participation, various investment transactions of Future Group in the consumer and digital space. Additionally, since 2017, Mr. Agarwal has been the interim Chief Executive Officer of Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited, an Indian comic book company. Prior to joining Future Group in 2012, Mr. Agarwal was an investment banker focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, private placements and principal investments, initially at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette and then for more than ten years at Berenson & Company, a boutique investment bank. During this time, he was actively involved in executing transactions of a variety of sizes across a wide range of industries including consumer goods, financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing, media, retail, utilities, and technology.