Michael D. Dean (Chairman of the Board and Interim 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 has been a director since April 2012. Jerome Shaw co-founded the Company in 1950 with his brother, has been Executive Vice President since 1957 (when the present company was organized), served as Secretary of the Company from 1957 until 2014 and has been employed in executive capacities by the Company and its predecessors since 1950. Jerome Shaw brings to the Board business leadership, and a deep understanding of our business, operations, services, products, customers, suppliers and employees.
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 is 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.
Sharon H. Stern has been our Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs since May 2014 and our Secretary since June 2014. Immediately prior to joining the Company in May 2014, she was a partner at the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP. Ms. Stern has over 25 years of legal experience focusing on corporate governance and business litigation matters. Ms. Stern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law.
Louise Ross has been our Vice President of Human Resources since September 2006 and has been employed by the Company in executive capacities in its human resource departments since 1993. Prior to joining Volt, Ms. Ross held various management positions in human resources with extensive experience in program development, compensation/benefits, employee and labor relations and employment law. Ms. Ross was an adjunct professor for the New School University, graduate management program in Human Resources. She also taught compensation and employee benefits for undergraduate programs. She holds a Master’s Degree from the New School University in Human Resources Management along with an undergraduate degree in business management from Marymount Manhattan College.
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 Masters in Taxation from Fordham University, the Gabelli Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University.