Biography | Joseph A. Levato
Mr. Levato has been a director of the Company since June 1996. Mr. Levato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries from April 1993 to August 1996, when he retired from the Company. From January 1992 to April 1993, Mr. Levato was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trian Group, Limited Partnership, which provided investment banking and management services for entities controlled by Messrs. Nelson Peltz and Peter W. May. From 1984 to December 1988, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Triangle Industries, Inc., which, through wholly-owned subsidiaries, was, at that time, a manufacturer of packaging products, copper electrical wire and cable and steel conduit and currency and coin handling products. Mr. Levato is 70 years of age.
Mr. Levato has extensive experience with industrial, financial and consumer-related businesses. As part of his job responsibilities, he has acquired an intimate knowledge of regulatory matters relevant to public company audit and compensation committees. Mr. Levato’s experience and background qualify him as financially literate and the Board of Directors has determined him to be an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of SEC regulations. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee.