Lead Independent Director
Irwin D. Simon founded The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) in 1993, which he built into a leading, global organic and natural products company with over $3 billion in net sales, and where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman through 2018. Prior to Hain Celestial, he was employed in various marketing and sales positions at The Häagen-Dazs Company, a frozen dessert company and a division of Grand Metropolitan, a multi-national luxury brands company. Mr. Simon currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA), a leading global cannabis company, and as Executive Chairman of Act II Global Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTT), a blank check company he co-founded in the “better-for-you” sector. He also recently served as a Director of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the largest retail bookseller in the United States. Mr. Simon serves on the board of directors at Tulane University and on the Board of Trustees at Poly Prep Country Day School. He is 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. Mr. Simon has been a member of the MDC Partners Board of Directors since his appointment on April 26, 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee.