Michael D. Dean (President and CEO) was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc., where he revitalized the global health and wellness company and returned it to growth. He also served as a director on its board and a member of its audit committee. Previously, Mr. Dean was Chief Executive Officer of Mediaur Technologies, Inc., a privately-held satellite technology company that provides proprietary antenna system solutions for commercial and government applications. Before Mediaur, Mr. Dean was Executive Vice President of ABC Cable Networks Group, a multi-billion dollar global division of The Walt Disney Company, where he ran all of the division's non-creative operations including Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Broadcasting Operations, IT, Human Resources, and Business Development. Earlier at Disney, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning, responsible for all corporate strategy, development, and M&A in Disney's broadcasting, cable, and film studio businesses. Before Disney, Mr. Dean was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Dean brings to our Board substantial managerial, operational and strategy experience.
Jerome Shaw co-founded Volt in 1950 with his brother, and has been Executive Vice President since 1957 (when the present company was organized). Mr. Shaw served as Secretary from 1957 until 2014 and has been employed in executive capacities at Volt since 1950. He continues to provide valuable leadership through his deep understanding of our business, operations, services, products, customers, suppliers and employees. Mr. Shaw served on the Board of Directors from April 2012 to May 2015.
Paul Tomkins has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2015. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Tomkins served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of finance and accounting and played an integral role in managing a number of important non-core business divestitures. Prior to his role at Reader’s Digest, Mr. Tomkins spent 27 years at AT&T, where he most recently served as the Vice President and Controller of AT&T Business Solutions and previously held a number of other financial management positions. Mr. Tomkins is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the NJ Society of CPAs, and FEI. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in International Finance from Seton Hall University.
Nancy Avedissian has been our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since October 2016. Prior to joining Volt, Ms. Avedissian served as General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Affairs at Worldwide Clinical Trials, where she served as the chief legal advisor to a leading contract research organization. Ms. Avedissian led a multi-jurisdictional team and focused on corporate law & governance, commercial transactions, corporate & regulatory compliance, policymaking and providing counsel to the company’s senior management team. Ms. Avedissian spent the first ten years of her career as a transactional attorney in the Global Corporate Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a leading international law firm. At Milbank, she focused on middle market mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, restructurings, corporate governance and the general representation of corporate clients. Ms. Avedissian received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the California bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Kevin Hannon has been our Vice President and Treasurer since March 2015. Previously, he was our Assistant Treasurer since January 2008. Prior to joining Volt, Mr. Hannon was an Assistant Treasurer and Finance Manager with Atlas Copco North America, Inc., and also gained extensive financial regulatory experience as a bank examiner with the US Treasury Department. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Business and Economics, Mr. Hannon obtained his MBA from Rutgers Business School in Strategic Management and Finance, and he also has the CTP (Certified Treasury Professional) designation.
Bryan Berndt has been our Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since April 2015. From April 2012 until March 2015, Mr. Berndt was the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. From 2008 until December 2011, he was Treasurer and Vice President of Finance at Bowne & Co., Inc. Prior to 2008, he was Controller of Loews Cineplex Entertainment and a Senior Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds a Master's degree in Taxation from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University.
Ann Hollins was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Volt Information Sciences, Inc. in March 2016. With over 25 years of world-class HR experience, Ms. Hollins brings a respected reputation for leading global, enterprise-wide HR strategies to enable sustainable business growth. She has demonstrated expertise in the areas of executive and leadership development, organizational effectiveness and strategic talent management. She has a broad background leading HR functions across a wide range of industries including health and wellness, energy, consumer packaged goods, information sciences, media and manufacturing. Prior to joining Volt, Ms. Hollins served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Weight Watchers International, where she led a successful organizational transformation, including developing a new vision and set of values and leadership competencies for the company, global organizational restructuring, upgrading talent in critical growth areas, and driving cultural change with global cross-functional teams. Prior to her role at Weight Watchers, Ms. Hollins served in senior executive roles at Hess Corporation, including Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President, Global Chief Learning and Development Officer; and Vice President, Human Resources, Marketing and Refining; where she designed and executed on multiple enterprise-wide initiatives for the corporation to integrate and align to the company’s 10-year vision. Prior to Hess, she held senior roles at Tyco International, Dun & Bradstreet and PepsiCo. Ms. Hollins holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Stern School of Business at New York University and a BBA in Human Resources from The University of Iowa.