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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Hughes serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Smart Balance Inc. He is recognized as a leader of innovation and for creating shareholder value in the consumer package goods food and beverage industry.
In 1988, Hughes led the team that launched ConAgra's Healthy Choice line, building the brand's revenue to $1 billion in four years. Subsequently, he led the turnaround of Tropicana's US business, which doubled the company's revenues from $1 billion to $2 billion in four years. Later, as president and chief executive officer of Celestial Seasonings, Inc., he increased revenue and market capitalization from $80 million to $387 million over a three-year period. He then joined the White Wave division of Dean Foods as executive vice president, building the company's revenues in the Silk brand from $175 million to $400 million in two years. Hughes founded Boulder Specialty Brands in 2005 and completed the acquisition of GFA Inc., makers of Smart Balance, in May of 2007.
Hughes graduated with bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Denison University and earned his master's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.