Michael Mendes Served As CEO Of Diamond Foods Since 1998

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Michael Mendes Served As CEO Of Diamond Foods Since 1998, The board of directors currently consists of nine directors, three of whom are standing for election at the Annual Meeting. It is intended that the proxies will be voted for the three nominees named below for election to our board of directors unless authority to vote for any such nominee is withheld. All of the nominees are presently members of our board of directors.
Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named.

 If any nominee for any reason is unable to serve or for good cause will not serve, the proxies may be voted for such substitute nominee as the proxy holder may determine. We are not aware of any nominee who will be unable to, or for good cause will not, serve as a director, and each nominee has confirmed that he will serve on the board if elected. The term of office of each person elected as a director will continue until the 2009 annual meeting of our stockholders or until his successor has been elected and qualified.
The names of the nominees, their ages and background information about them are set forth below:

Name of Nominee Age Principal Occupation Since

Joseph P. Silveira 58 President of Farmland Management Services, Inc. 2005
Laurence M. Baer 48 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Giants. 2005
Michael J. Mendes 42 President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Foods, Inc. 2005

Joseph P. Silveira served as a member of board of Diamond Walnut Growers, from June 2002 to July 2005. Since 1994, Mr. Silveira has served as President of Farmland Management Services, Inc., directing property acquisitions, operations, leases and sales. He holds a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Laurence M. Baer has served as Executive Vice President of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club since 1992 and as its Chief Operating Officer since 1996. From 1990 until 1992, he served as Assistant to the Chairman of CBS, Inc., a media and entertainment corporation. Mr. Baer holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Michael J. Mendes has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since 1998. From 1991 to 1994 and from 1995 to 1998, Mr. Mendes served in various sales and marketing positions at our predecessor company, Diamond Walnut Growers, including most recently as our Vice President of International Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Diamond Walnut Growers, Mr. Mendes served as Manager of International Marketing of the Dole Food Company from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Mendes is Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, serves on the advisory committee of The Wine

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