James (Jim) E. Cline was appointed Chairman of Latham in December 2020 and has been a member of the board of directors since March 2019.
From 2015 through 2020, Jim was President and CEO of Trex Company, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer and leading brand of high-performance, low maintenance outdoor living products, including composite decking, railing, deck lighting and steel deck framing. He has served as Trex’s Chairman of the Board since April 2020.
Jim has held a myriad senior roles within the manufacturing industry, including with Harsco GasServ, the gas technologies business group of Harsco Corporation. In connection with the purchase of Harsco GasServ by Taylor-Wharton International LLC, which was owned by Windpoint Partners Company, Jim served as a consultant to the buyers in 2018 by providing transition management and financial services. Jim also served in various capacities with the Huffy Corporation from 1976 to 1994, including as director of finance of its True Temper Hardware subsidiary, a manufacturer of lawn care and construction products.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University.
Mark Laven has been associated with Latham since 1975. Upon completion that year of his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ithaca College, he joined his father, Latham’s founder, and helped to grow the business.
Mark became a member the Board in December 2001 and has served as Vice Chairman since December 2020. From 2001 to 2017, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Latham. He was a member of the Board of the Association of Pool Spa Professionals (APSP), a national trade association from 2004 to 2008. A long time safety advocate, in 2007 he represented the Association and testified before a US Senate Subcommittee in the matter of the VGB Pool & Spa Safety Act.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College.
Robert D. Evans became a member of Latham’s Board of Directors in July 2019. He currently serves on three boards of managers. Since 2019, Robert has served as a member of the board of managers, compensation committee and strategic alternatives committee of Quirch Foods Parent, LLC (dba Quirch Foods), a distributor, importer and exporter of food products.
Since 2018, he has served as a member of the board of managers and the chair of the audit committee of Del Real Holdco, LLC (dba Del Real Foods), a food company. Additionally, since 2017, Robert has served as a member of the board of managers and a chair of the audit committee of BMark Investment Holdings, LP (dba BakeMark Foods), a distributor of quality bakery products. From 2009 to 2016, Robert held the role as Chief Financial Officer of Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC), a distributor of food products.
From 2005 to 2008, he was President of Black Diamond Holdings, a start-up manufacturer and retailer of eco-friendly cleaning services. From 2000 to 2004, Robert was Executive Vice President, Finance and Development of Giant Foods of Landover MD, a retail supermarket chain in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Prior to that, Robert held various leadership roles at North American Ready to Eat Cereals, Kellogg Company, as well as the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo., a multinational food, snack and beverage corporation.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration degree from Princeton University.
Alexander L. Hawkinson became a member of Latham’s Board of Directors in October 2020. Alexander currently serves on the board of directors of ICON Health and Fitness, Inc. (“ICON Health”), a manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment, CSC ServiceWorks, Inc. (“CSC ServiceWorks”), a provider of commercial laundry services and air vending solutions, Mural Ventures, an investment firm, and Mural Consulting, a consulting company.
Alexander was the Chief Product Officer from 2011 to 2012 and the Senior Vice President and General Manager of digital presence from 2010 to 2011 for ReachLocal, an online marketing and advertising provider.
From 2005 to 2010, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SMBLive, a developer of social marketing platform software. Prior to SMBLive, he served as chief executive officer of Apptix, an application service provider technology company, from 2001 to 2005.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Suzan Morno-Wade became a member of our board of directors in March 2021. Ms. Morno-Wade has served as the chief human resources officer of Xerox, a provider of print and digital document products and services, since November 2018. She is also an executive vice president of Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX), the parent of Xerox, and serves as a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to this role, she served as vice president of total rewards with Xerox from 2016 to 2018, vice president human resources and vice president of compensation and governance with Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), a global independent energy company, from 2014 to 2016 and 2005 to 2014, respectively, and as director compensation and benefits at Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO), a leader in storing and managing digital video and other forms of unstructured data, from 1999 to 2005. Over a 20-year period, Ms. Morno-Wade has worked across a broad spectrum of industries including technology, oil and gas, industrial and consumer goods. Ms. Morno-Wade began her career in finance and holds multiple human resources certifications as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Ms. Morno-Wade also serves on the board of directors of A Better Chance, a nonprofit organization, focused on increasing the number of well-educated young people of color in the United States. We believe Ms. Morno-Wade is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of her experience as a chief human resources officer and her extensive experience developing human capital strategies across multiple industries.
Christopher O’Brien became a member of Latham’s Board of Directors in December 2018.
Since 2017, Christopher has served as managing partner of Wynnchurch, a private equity firm. Since his hiring at Wynnchurch in 2000 as an associate, he was promoted to Vice President, Managing Director, Partner and then Managing Partner over the course of his 20-year tenure with the organization. During his time at Wynnchurch, he has served on the board of directors of several manufacturing companies, including SafeWorks, US Pipe, US Manufacturing, Premier Forge, PW Forging Group, Boss Engineered Air Systems, MPL, ProFab, Rosboro, Infra Pipe Solutions, and Wolverine Advanced Materials.
Christopher also held executive roles at Webex, a developer of web conferencing and videoconferencing applications, NSC Minerals, a provider of bulk and retail rock salt and ice melter, Humanetics, a technology organization, Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), a distributor of aluminum extrusions and related products, Critical Process Systems Group (CPS), a provider of process solutions for highly demanding industries and applications, and Midland Industries, a manufacturing and distributing company.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
William Pruellage became a member of Latham’s Board of Directors in January 2021.
William joined Pamplona, Latham’s parent company, in 2014 and has served as Managing Partner since 2018. Prior to joining Pamplona, he was the Co-President of Castle Harlan, Inc., where he was employed since 1997. Prior to that, William was a mergers and acquisitions banker at Merrill Lynch.
During his time at Pamplona, William has served on the board of directors of several companies, including Bakemark, a manufacturer of baking ingredients, Veritext, a court reporting agency, nThrive, a payment solutions provider for the healthcare industry, and Lumos Networks (NASDAQ: LMOS), a broadband internet provider.
William previously served on the board of directors of Exterran (NYSE: EXTN), an oil and gas company, Ames True Temper, a manufacturer of garden products, GoldStar Foods, a food distributor, Pretium Packaging, a plastics manufacturer, Securus, a prison communications firm, RathGibson, a manufacturer of tubing and pipe, Baker & Taylor, a book distributor, Verdugt Specialty Chemicals, a chemicals company, Anchor Drilling Fluids, a drilling fluids company, and Universal Compression (NYSE: UCO), a provider of natural gas compression equipment and services.
William holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University.
Scott was appointed President and CEO of Latham in November 2017 after serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2012. Under his leadership, the company purchased Narellan Pools, the largest swimming pool supplier in Australia and New Zealand, and transitioned the majority of the stake in Latham to Pamplona Capital Management.
As CFO, Scott was responsible for Finance and Global Supply Chain, as well as Information Technology and Human Resources. Prior to joining Latham, Scott served as Director of Finance for GLOBALFOUNDRIES where he was a critical member of the start-up leadership team for FAB 8. He was also CFO of the Americas for Momentive Performance Materials and has held various senior financial leadership positions at GE in New York, Maine and South Carolina.
A past Chairman of the Board for The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, Scott also served as Treasurer of the organization. In addition, he was a member of the WMHT (public access television) board for three years. Scott is a key supporter and fundraiser of The Southern Saratoga Chamber Angels, NYS Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, The American Cancer Society, and WMHT.
Scott earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Clarkson University and a bachelor’s degree in Math and Business Economics from SUNY Potsdam. He is a graduate of GE’s Executive Finance Leadership Program and Finance Management Program and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Andrew Singer became a member of Latham’s Board of Directors in December 2018.
Andrew is a principal at Pamplona, having joined the firm in 2013. Prior to this role, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Merrill Lynch with a focus on branded consumer products.
During his time at Pamplona, he has served on the board of several companies, including iFit (f.k.a. ICON), a leading digital fitness platform, Calyx, a tech-enabled clinical development business, Parexel, a global clinical research organization (“CRO”) and Spreemo, a radiology intelligence platform.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and enterprise management from the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University.