Board of Directors
Mr. Yetman served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Coleman Cable, Inc from 1999 until his retirement following the sale of Coleman Cable earlier this year. Prior to that, Mr. Yetman held various senior management positions with Coleman Cable’s predecessor and within the electrical industry. Mr. Yetman’s extensive experience and proven track record within the electrical wire and cable industry make him an excellent addition to HWCC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Yetman holds an M.B.A. degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a B.S. degree from West Virginia University.
Mr. Pokluda was appointed President in May 2011 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. From 2007 until 2011, he served as Vice President – Sales and Marketing. During his 31 years with the Company, Mr. Pokluda has a demonstrated history of substantial contributions to the Company including the construction and leadership of our long-term growth plan, implementation of the National Service Center, the commercialization of our private branded products, co-leadership of the initial public offering in 2006, follow-on offering in 2007 and acquisitions. Mr. Pokluda served on the Board of Directors of Houston Electrical League (HEL) for several years, is an affiliate member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), and a graduate of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2012, Mr. Pokluda completed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business Executive Education Advanced Management Program. As the only management representative on our board, and someone with experience in all aspects of our business, Mr. Pokluda provides an insider's perspective in board discussions about our industry and the business and strategic direction of the Company.
Mr. Haley, age 70, served as the Chairman of the Board of WESCO International, Inc. ("WESCO") from 1998 until his retirement in 2011 and as Chief Executive Officer of WESCO from 1994 to 2009. WESCO is a leading North American-based distributor of products and provider of advanced supply chain management and logistics services used primarily in industrial, construction, utility, and commercial, institutional and government markets. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Haley served as Chief Operating Officer, President and a director of American General Corporation, a diversified financial services company. Mr. Haley is a director of Essendant Inc. (formerly United Stationers, Inc.), a national wholesale distributor of workplace items, where he serves as the chair of the Audit Committee, and was a director of BlueLinx Holdings Inc., a wholesale supplier of building materials, from 2013 (and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from January 2014) until May 2016.
Mr. Sheffield is a corporate director and serves on the boards of directors of Ontario Power Generation Inc. and Velan Inc. and served on the boards of Coby Distilleries Limited until 2009 and Canada Post until March 2018. Mr. Sheffield served as Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper from 2001 until 2003. With his knowledge of complex issues surrounding global companies and his understanding of what makes businesses work effectively and efficiently, Mr. Sheffield provides valuable insight to our board and offers particular expertise in labor relations, critical end user markets and board governance issues. He holds an MBA and a BSc, and is recognized as both a Governance Fellow and a Certified Professional Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors in the United States and the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada.