Vista Outdoor, Inc. elected two independent members, Gerard Gibbons and Bruce Grooms, to its Board of Directors during the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on July 26, 2022.
Gibbons brings extensive experience in global supply chain, logistics and marketing. He spent more than 30 years with UPS in various commercial roles. In 2008, he was appointed president of U.S. sales, responsible for UPS’s small and medium-sized business customer segment. He was later appointed president of U.S. and SMB Marketing, a position he held until retiring in 2021. Gibbons currently serves on the boards of two private equity portfolio companies and the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Gibbons will serve as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board.
Grooms brings extensive senior-level executive experience in the private sector and the U.S. Navy. A retired Navy vice admiral with over 30 years of executive leadership, Grooms is currently the vice president and general manager of the Marine Services Division for Delphinus Engineering, a privately held company specializing in ship repair and maintenance. Before Delphinus Engineering, he was a vice president at Raytheon Technologies Corp., leading its business development activities supporting the Navy and Marine Corps programs. Until 2015, Grooms served as a career submarine officer and a commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy for nearly ten years in roles of increasing responsibility within NATO command. Grooms has also worked on nonprofit boards and is currently an independent director on the board of Emcore Corp., a publicly traded technology company in the aerospace and defense industry. Grooms will serve as a member of the Board’s Management Development and Compensation and Audit Committees.
“The directors and I are pleased to welcome these two highly talented leaders as new members of the Vista Outdoor Board,” said Michael Callahan, Vista Outdoor’s Chairman of the Board. “These individuals will add tremendous value to the organization with their expertise across the public and private sector. We expect great things from our newest directors and look forward to their contributions on behalf of Vista Outdoor and our stakeholders.”
Chris Metz, Vista Outdoor CEO, added, “We welcome Gerard Gibbons and Bruce Grooms to the Vista Outdoor Board of Directors, and we are confident they will make an immediate and positive impact on the company’s performance. Gerard’s background and expertise in supply chain, notably his dynamic 30-plus-year career at UPS, make him a valuable asset as Vista Outdoor navigates an increasingly complex global marketplace. And Bruce’s vast experience in the public and private sectors, including several critical leadership roles for the U.S. Navy and large corporations, will serve to strengthen our corporate leadership and governance efforts.”
With these appointments, Vista Outdoor’s Board of Directors consists of 11 members.