Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Patterson Companies, Inc. sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business.

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John D. Buck, Chairman of the Board,
Chief Executive Officer,
Whitefish Ventures, LLC

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Mark S. Walchirk, President and
Chief Executive Officer,
Patterson Companies, Inc.

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Alex N. Blanco, Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Ecolab, Inc.

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Jody H. Feragen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (retired), Hormel Foods Corporation

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Robert C. Frenzel, Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Xcel Energy

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Francis J. Malecha, President and
Chief Executive Officer,
Compass Minerals

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Ellen A. Rudnick, Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Neil A. Schrimsher, President and
Chief Executive Officer,
Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.

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James W. Wiltz, President and
Chief Executive Officer (retired), Patterson Companies, Inc.

Committee Composition

Governance Documents

The Board of Directors of Patterson Companies, Inc. has adopted these policies to guide the Company and the Board on matters of Corporate Governance. The Board periodically reviews and assesses the adequacy of these policies.

Executive Team

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Mark Walchirk, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Walchirk was named President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Patterson Companies in November 2017. Mark joined Patterson with nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare services and distribution, including 16 years at McKesson Corporation where he most recently served as President of U.S. Pharmaceutical, the largest business unit within McKesson’s North America pharmaceutical distribution & services segment.

Before joining McKesson, Mark spent 13 years in medical products supply chain and manufacturing with the former hospital supply division of American Hospital Supply, Baxter Healthcare, Allegiance Healthcare and Encompass Group, holding various leadership positions in sales, marketing, operations, national accounts and business development. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.

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Kevin Pohlman, President, Animal Health

Kevin Pohlman was appointed President, Animal Health, in July 2017. Prior to that, Kevin served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Patterson Animal Health. Before coming to Patterson, he held a variety of leadership roles at Lextron, where he most recently served as Vice President of Dealer Sales with oversight of the Marketing department until June 2011. Kevin began his career with Pohlman Bros. Supply, a family-owned dealer and distributor of dairy equipment, animal health supplies and food plant supplies in Ohio.

Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Veterinary Distributors Association, Agri Laboratories, Inc., and the Patterson Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.

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Don Zurbay, Chief Financial Officer

Don Zurbay joined Patterson Companies in June 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing more than 28 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining Patterson, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at leading global medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical, Inc., where he was responsible for all accounting, financial and business development activities.

Don also previously held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Valspar Corporation, and Deloitte & Touche. His career reflects a consistent track record of developing strategy and driving execution for business growth and expansion while optimizing operational efficiency and building high-performance teams.

Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business accounting from the University of Minnesota and participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Andrea Frohning, Chief Human Resources Officer

Andrea Frohning was named Chief Human Resources Officer of Patterson Companies in May 2018. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Snyder’s-Lance, a global manufacturer and marketer of snack foods. In this role, Andrea played an integral role in the company’s transformation to drive operational improvements, accelerate positive culture changes and grow leadership capabilities.

Prior to her tenure at Snyder’s-Lance, Andrea was Vice President of Human Resources at Crane Co. She also held other human resource managerial positions at Hubbell Inc., General Electric Consumer Finance and Pepsi Bottling Group.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree from the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Todd Marshall, Chief Marketing and
Digital Officer

Todd Marshall joined Patterson Companies in August 2016 as Chief Marketing and Digital Officer. Todd is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing and digital strategies, corporate strategy and overall customer experience.

Before joining Patterson, Todd served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company before moving into a variety of leadership roles with Target Corporation throughout his 14-year career there. In his most recent role at Target, Todd was a Senior Vice President of Marketing, responsible for driving customer-centric strategies through insights and analytics, strengthening the company’s loyalty marketing strategies.

Todd graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Dave Lardy, Chief Information Officer

Dave Lardy was named Chief Information Officer of Patterson Companies in November 2016, and oversees the entire IT organization. Dave has been with Patterson since 2002, and previously held key roles in the ongoing evolution of our technology capabilities, including leading the technical execution of the SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiative.

Before joining Patterson, Dave created and managed technology solutions in the agriculture and automotive industries. Currently, Dave participates and supports the Minneapolis-St. Paul technology community through involvement in local organizations such as Think IT, Minnesota High Tech Association and Genesys Works.

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Les Korsh, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Les Korsh became Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Patterson in July 2015, and served as Patterson's Associate General Counsel since June 2014. Prior to joining Patterson, Les held positions as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for MoneyGram International, Inc. from May 2004 to May 2014, and was a principal in the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty, P.A. from June 1999 to May 2004.

Les received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and his Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

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Susan Grelling, Vice President of Procurement

Susan Grelling joined Patterson as Vice President of Procurement in 2016. She is responsible for transforming the Dental and Animal Health sourcing and supply chain organizations as they move toward operating as an enterprise-wide shared service.

Prior to joining Patterson, Susan served as Vice President, Risk Management and Vice President, Member Relations, Corporate Governance for Land O’Lakes. She also previously held the position of Vice President, Procurement, Risk Management and Packaging Engineering for The Schwan Food Company.

In 2015 Susan founded and continues to manage The Grelling Foundation, which pledges support in developing local and global volunteerism in today’s youth.

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Mike Grazer, Vice President of Distribution Operations

Mike Grazer was named Vice President of Distribution Operations for Patterson in 2018 and has served the company for 20 years, including previous roles as Director of Distribution, Regional Distribution Center Manager and Distribution Center Manager. Mike is responsible for all distribution and logistics for the Dental and Animal Health business units, overseeing more than 70 sites and approximately 1,400 employees. He also designs and implements Fulfillment Center operations to optimize service, delivery, order quality and reduce operating expenses.

Before joining Patterson, Mike was an Operations Manager for FedEx Ground (formerly RPS) where he was responsible for managing all dock operations.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, specialization in strategic management, operations and planning, from the University of North Texas.