Board of Directors & Committee Composition
Russell T. Libby
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Libby has nearly 30 years of comprehensive global experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, business development, international business, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. From 2007 to 2019, he held numerous leadership positions at Sysco Corp. and most recently served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary.
Prior to his career with Sysco, Mr. Libby served as President of COFRA North America and Vice President – legal, for Good Energies, Inc., an investment advisor to private equity and venture capital funds. During his career, he has also worked as General Counsel, Vice President – Human Resources and Secretary at Liuski International, Inc., a computer distribution and manufacturing company, and as a Corporate Associate with Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, a full-service law firm in Atlanta.
Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.
Xiao Mou Zhang aka Peter Zhang
Mr. Peter Zhang was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of B&R Global Holdings, Inc. (“B&R”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HFFG and the holding company for the various operating subsidiaries founded by Peter and his partners who were all originally from China. Peter has over 20 years of experience in the food distribution industry with extensive experience in sales, marketing, financing, acquisitions, inventory, logistics and distribution dating as far back to 1999 from the ground up. Having established a large supplier network and maintaining long-term relationships with many major suppliers were built up over the years, and under Peter’s leadership, B&R was officially formed in 2014 as a holding company to consolidate the various operating entities all under one roof.
Dr. Hong Wang
Dr. Wang has served as a Professor of Management Information Systems at North Carolina A&T State University since 2005 and a Visiting Professor at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China since June, 2012, Dalian Maritime University in China since June 2012, and Henan Polytechnic University in China since June 2015. Dr. Wang has over 30 years of university teaching experience and has taught Management Sciences, Operations Research, Optimization, Business Environment, Management Concepts, Strategic Management, Engineering Economy, in addition to various Information Systems courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Wang is active in professional and community services. He has served in multiple cities in the US for several terms as president of local Chinese Associations, on various boards, as a principal of Chinese schools, as session chair of academic conferences, and as a journal referee. He also helped several Chinese universities to establish international programs in collaboration with US universities. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems/Decision Sciences from Ohio State University.
Valerie P. Chase
Ms. Chase’s experience includes four years with Ernst & Young LLP, achieving Senior Auditor capacity, from September 2005 to November 2009. From February 2010 to May 2018, Ms. Chase served in roles of increasing responsibility with Apache Corporation, a Houston-based, publicly traded oil & gas exploration and production company, culminating in her role as the Manager of Accounting Policy and Financial Controls. From May 2018 to September 2021, Ms. Chase served as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation, a Houston based, publicly traded oil & gas exploration and production company. Ms. Chase holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Maroto is a 29-year veteran in the foodservice industry with experience in foodservice distribution, cash and carry, international market expansion, and other ancillary businesses. Mr. Maroto’s experience spans across Latin America. He started and grew businesses in Costa Rica and Panama which became the largest foodservice distributors in each country. In addition, he built foodservice cash and carry retail businesses in both Costa Rica and Panama, which currently consist of 22 stores across both countries and is a partner in the largest independent foodservice distributor in Mexico. Mr. Maroto holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.