Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Joseph P. Sambataro, Jr.
Joseph P. Sambataro, Jr. has served as a Director since 2000 and as Chairman of the Board since October 2008. Mr. Sambataro served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001 until 2006, and served as the Company’s President from 2001 until 2005. Mr. Sambataro joined the Company in 1997 and served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary until 2001 and as Executive Vice President until March 2001.
Prior to joining the Company, he worked with BDO Seidman, LLP, KPMG Peat Marwick and in senior management of biotechnology firms in Seattle. Mr. Sambataro’s long and successful tenure as CEO and CFO for the Company during its formative years combined with his effective leadership and coaching skills, financial and accounting expertise and unique ability to develop consensus are among the contributions he makes to the Board and the primary reasons why he serves as our Chairman.
Colleen B. Brown
Colleen B. Brown has served as a Director of the Company since June 2014. Ms. Brown currently serves as Chairman of American Apparel and is on the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Audit Committee. She also serves on the board of the privately held Port Blakely and the venture-backed technology company DataSphere, Inc. Ms. Brown was previously President and CEO of Fisher Communications, a public multimedia company. She also served as a Senior Vice President at Belo Corporation, and led Belo Interactive, Belo Spanish Language Division and also established and led the Business Development Division in addition to her Television duties. Also, her career includes serving as President, Broadcast for Lee Enterprises and as President of Gannett’s Greensboro, Denver, and Phoenix television and Internet properties. Ms. Brown has served on the boards of Career Builder and Classified Ventures (cars.com). Her community activities include Chair of the Washington Roundtable, United Way of King County, and President of the Washington Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Brown is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Steven C. Cooper
Steven C. Cooper has served as a Director and the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and has served as President since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cooper served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and from August 2000 to February 2001 as the Vice President of Finance; and from April 1999 to August 2000 as the Company’s Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Mr. Cooper held various senior management positions with Deloitte & Touche LLP, providing professional services, and Albertsons, Inc., a NYSE-listed retail company.
Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, finance, and accounting for the Company as well as in his prior career. Mr. Cooper is the only management member of the Board, thus his participation on the Board fulfills a critical communication and leadership role.
William C. Goings
William C. Goings, 55, was appointed to serve as a Director of the Company effective April 1, 2016. Mr. Goings was Executive Vice President and President of TD Insurance from 2010 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to that position, he held a variety of positions with TD Insurance since joining in 2009 including Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining TD Insurance, Mr. Goings was with Genworth Financial in a variety of roles from 2004 to 2009 and GE Capital from 1996 to 2004.
Mr. Goings brings to the Board extensive international experience as a senior officer of a large multi-national corporation as well as an executive level, operations focused, strategic planning and problem-solving ability.
Kim Harris Jones
Kim Harris Jones, 56, was appointed to serve as a Director of the company effective May 11, 2016. Jones was senior vice president and corporate controller of Kraft Foods Inc. and then Mondelez International, the company formed by Kraft’s split into two domestic and international publicly- traded corporations. She also had a long career at Chrysler, where she served in a variety of leadership positions including corporate controller.
Stephen M. Robb
Stephen M. Robb, 51, was appointed to serve as a Director of the Company effective April 1, 2016. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Clorox Company since 2014, where he was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer between 2011 and 2014. Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Robb served as Vice President of global finance and held numerous other roles for The Clorox Company since 1989.
Mr. Robb has extensive experience in financial leadership and strategic cost savings efforts at a large multi-national organization.
Jeffrey B. Sakaguchi
Jeffrey B. Sakaguchi has served as a Director of the Company since December 2010. Mr. Sakaguchi currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he previously served as Treasurer and the Chairman of Finance and Investment Committee. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Neah Power Systems, Inc. a publicly held fuel cell manufacturing company, as well as a director of Eccentex, Inc., a privately held early stage software company. Mr. Sakaguchi has also served as a partner at the Technology Solutions Group, and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. Prior to these positions, he was a senior partner with Accenture, where he led the North American Energy Strategy practice. Prior to that, he was a Senior Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm.
Mr. Sakaguchi’s experience in a number of leadership roles will help the company improve performance and build market share. His extensive experience helping companies build long-term relationships with customers will help TrueBlue take advantage of emerging opportunities. This experience provides a valuable resource to the Company.
Bonnie W. Soodik
Bonnie W. Soodik has served as a Director since March 2010. Ms. Soodik’s career spanned 30 years with The Boeing Company, where she most recently served as a Senior Vice President, Office of Internal Governance and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. Ms. Soodik also served in various Vice President roles within Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Corporation where she began her career in 1977.
Ms. Soodik has experience from a broad number of functions at Boeing, from operations to human resources and has overseen governance, compliance and regulatory affairs. Her experience with such a large organization provides a valuable resource to the Company.
William W. Steele
William W. Steele has served as a Director of the Company since August 2001, Chair of the Governance Committee since June 2003 and the Lead Independent Director since October 2008. Mr. Steele is currently a Director, Audit Committee member, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of ABM Industries, a large facilities services contractor traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In the course of his 43-year career with ABM Industries, Mr. Steele was appointed its President in 1991 and its Chief Executive Officer in 1994, and served in those capacities until his retirement in October of 2000.
Mr. Steele’s long term operating, executive, strategic and continuing board experience with ABM, a multi-unit service company that shares many attributes with our Company, is invaluable to the Board in its decision making and leadership processes. As Chair of our Governance Committee and Lead Independent Director, Mr. Steele is a student and champion of good governance and best practices.