• October 24, 2020

Pyxus Appoints New Board Members

Pyxus International has appointed Robert George, Carl Hausmann, Cynthia Moehring and Richard Topping to its board of directors effective Oct. 12, 2020. These individuals join previously announced board members Holly Kim, Patrick Fallonand Pieter Sikkel. 

“The addition of the new members to Pyxus’ board of directors is a key milestone in its transformation strategy,” said Sikkel, who also serves as president and CEO of Pyxus, in a statement. “We believe this mix of directors brings proven financial and operational track records and diverse perspectives that will contribute to Pyxus’ future success, and we look forward to working with this group of proven leaders to accelerate the company’s growth.”

George brings extensive financial and operational experience in public, private and private equity-backed diversified industrial businesses. Most recently, he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and corporate development for Esterline Technologies. Prior to joining Esterline, George held various leadership positions with Zurn Industries and Elgin Electronics. He is a member of the board of directors of Advanced Integration Technology.

Hausmann brings more than 35 years of experience in the agribusiness and food industries. He retired in June 2012 as managing director of global government and corporate affairs of Bunge Limited, having spent a decade serving in executive roles with Bunge affiliates in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Bunge, Hausmann served as chair and CEO of Cereol and  held various leadership positions with Continental Grain Co. in Europe, South America, Africa and the United States. Following his retirement from Bunge, Hausmann served as a member of the board of directors of Pyxus International’s predecessor, Alliance One International, from June 2013 to August 2018.

Moehring is the founder and executive chair of the Business Integrity Leadership Initiative at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a strategic senior executive, including 20 years at Walmart where she served as senior vice president, U.S. chief ethics and compliance officer and senior vice president, global chief ethics officer, among other leadership positions. She has broad experience in many areas, including enterprise risk management, effective global governance practices, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, diversity and inclusion and sustainability.

Topping has four decades of experience in the tobacco industry. He has held a variety of global leadership positions throughout the supply chain, working with both tobacco leaf merchants and cigarette manufacturers. He most recently worked with Japan Tobacco International and its predecessor companies and served as vice president of global leaf sourcing prior to retiring in June 2018. Topping has wide-ranging global expertise, from both the merchant and cigarette manufacturer perspective, in leaf sourcing and procurement strategies, logistics, operations and sales throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.