Board of Directors
Mr. Callahan has served as a director of Vista Outdoor since February 2015. Mr. Callahan currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and recently served as our interim Chief Executive Officer from July to October 2017. Mr. Callahan previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Partners, a Utah-based consultant to the outdoor sporting industry, since 2008. From 1990 until his retirement in 2008, Mr. Callahan served in various merchandising, marketing, management and senior executive positions with Cabela’s, Inc., a specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, boating, camping, shooting, and related outdoor recreation merchandise, most recently as Senior Vice President Business Development & International Operations. Prior to joining Cabela’s, Mr. Callahan spent 15 years working in the outdoor recreation industry. Mr. Callahan has been selected to serve as a director due to his operational, marketing and leadership experience gained through various senior positions in the sporting goods and outdoor industry.
Christopher T. Metz
Chris Metz serves as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Metz has more than 25 years of experience leading consumer and durable goods companies. Prior to joining Vista Outdoor, Metz served as president and CEO of Arctic Cat from 2014-2017. Prior to Arctic Cat, he was managing director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Metz worked for Black & Decker from 1992-2005, including serving as the president of the company’s Hardware and Home Improvement group, president of Kwikset Corporation, president of Price Pfister, president of Baldwin Hardware, and general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories. Metz serves on the boards of Central Garden & Pet Company, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and on the corporate advisory council for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Mark A. Gottfredson
Mr. Gottfredson has served as a director of Vista Outdoor since February 2015. He is a leader in and was the former head of Bain & Company, Inc.’s (Bain) performance improvement practice. He recently led an engagement for the World Bank related to international trade and has worked with business leaders from many leading international corporations. He served on Bain’s board from 2008 to 2012 and has served until recently as the head of the automotive practice in the Americas for Bain. He also served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Emerge Energy Services LP until December 2019. Mr. Gottfredson has been selected to serve as director based on his extensive experience and proven ability advising boards and management on strategic decision making and business performance. Mr. Gottfredson serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.
Tig H. Krekel
Mr. Krekel has served as a director of Vista Outdoor since February 2015. He is Chairman and Founding Partner of Hudson Group, a South Carolina advisory services firm. He was the Vice Chairman and a partner of J.F. Lehman & Company, a New York private-equity investment bank, from 2003 to 2012. Before joining J.F. Lehman, Mr. Krekel served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hughes Space and Communications and President of Boeing Satellite Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial and military communications satellites. Mr. Krekel also served as a director on the board of Orbital ATK, Inc., from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Krekel has been selected to serve as a director due to his leadership, industry and financial experience as former chief executive officer of several large and complex businesses and corporate governance experience. Mr. Krekel serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Management Development and Compensation Committee.
Gary L. McArthur
Mr. McArthur has served as a director of Vista Outdoor since February 2015. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CH2M Hill, an engineering company that provides consulting, design and operations services, from 2014 to 2018. Prior to joining CH2M Hill, he worked more than 15 years for Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. McArthur has also been associated with Nextel Communications, Inc., Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche LLP and served on the boards of Terion, Inc. and Live TV Co. Ltd. Mr. McArthur is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. McArthur has been selected to serve as a director due to his extensive financial management and complex problem-solving experience. Mr. McArthur serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Frances (Fran) Philip
Fran Philip joined Vista Outdoor as a director in 2020, bringing extensive experience in product design and development, multi-channel merchandising and the retail and consumer products industry. Ms. Philip previously served as Chief Merchandising Officer for L.L. Bean, Inc., a privately held outdoor apparel and equipment retailer based in Freeport, Maine. Prior to working at L.L. Bean, Ms. Philip served in a variety of roles with other specialty retailers, including The Nature Company, Williams-Sonoma and The Gap. Today she serves on two other public company boards: Coats and Vera Bradley. She also serves on the private board of Totes-Isotoner. Ms. Philip is co-owner and Chief Creative Officer of Sea Bags.
Michael D. Robinson
Mr. Robinson was most recently employed as the Executive Vice President – Customer Experience, Product Management and Digital Revenue at Macy’s Inc. from 2015 to 2018 and was the Senior Vice President – Digital Technology at Macy’s Inc. from 2010 to 2015. Macy’s Inc. is an omni-channel retail organization that operates stores, websites, and mobile applications that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Before joining Macy’s, Mr. Robinson was the Vice President – IT Strategy, Business Planning and Global Corporate Systems Development from 2005 to 2010 at Gap, Inc., an American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer. Prior his employment at Gap, Inc., he was the Associate Partner – Distribution Sector – Retail and Biotech Industries at IBM Business Consulting Services, which is the professional services arm of IBM, from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Robinson also previously held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Robinson has been selected to serve as a director due to his leadership and extensive digital technology and ecommerce knowledge gained from over 20 years of experience at several large and complex businesses. Mr. Robinson serves as a member of the Management Development & Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Robert M. Tarola
Mr. Tarola has served as a director of Vista Outdoor since February 2015. He is currently the president of Right Advisory, LLC, a financial consulting firm. Mr. Tarola serves as a director of public mutual funds sponsored by Franklin Resources, and immediate past board chair of XBRL International, Inc. and The American Kidney Fund. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for Temple University’s Fox School of Business and is a past member of the Investor Advisory Group and the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. He is a former Chief Financial Officer of W. R. Grace & Co. (1999-2008) (NYSE: GRA), MedStar Health, Inc. (1996-1999), The Howard University (2009-2013), Southcoast Health System (2014-2017), Little Company of Mary Healthcare (2018), and Covenant Health (2019). Prior to becoming a CFO, Mr. Tarola was a Partner with Price Waterhouse LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mr. Tarola is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Mr. Tarola is a graduate of the Fox School of Business of Temple University where he was the 2020 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in Accountancy and has been named as one of its Top 100 graduates in its First 100 years. Mr. Tarola has been selected to serve as a director based on his extensive management experience and deep financial expertise. Mr. Tarola serves as Chair of the Management Development and Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.
Lynn Utter joined the Vista Outdoor Board of Directors in 2020, bringing deep operational and talent management expertise. Ms. Utter has served as an Operating Partner for Atlas Holdings, LLC, a private investment holding company with a portfolio of more than 25 manufacturing and distribution businesses around the world. Prior to joining Atlas, Ms. Utter served as Chief Executive Officer and board member for First Source LLC, the largest packager and distributor of candy and specialty foods in the United States. Prior to joining First Source, Ms. Utter served as global president and chief operating officer of Knoll, Inc. where she managed the global designer and workplace furniture company’s rebound from the global recession. She also previously held several executive positions at the Coors Brewing Company, including chief strategy officer. She currently serves and an independent director on the boards of WESCO International, a Pittsburgh-based industrial distribution company, Lincoln Financial Corporation and NextEra Energy, the largest sustainable generator and distributor of electricity in the United States. Ms. Utter serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Management Development and Compensation Committee.