BA '82 (psychology), Pi Kappa Phi
Founder, DiVentures, Inc.
Until he retired in 2008, Dean Hollis was president and chief operating officer of ConAgra Foods (CAG). In that role, Hollis developed and executed a worldwide business transformation strategy, while overseeing the largest part of the ConAgra Foods portfolio, including its $12 billion consumer and customer branded businesses, consisting of over 40 global brands in 110 countries.
Currently, Hollis is a senior advisor for OakTree Capital Management (OAK), a $100 billion worldwide private equity firm. He also serves on the board of SunOpta (STKL), where he serves as board chair and is on the compensation and corporate governance committees. Until its recent sale to Tyson Foods (TSN), Hollis served on the board of Advance Pierre Foods (APFH), where he served as board chair and was on the Compensation committee. Until October 2015, he served on the board of Landec Corporation (LNDC), where he chaired the Compensation Committee. He also served on the board of Boulder Brands (BDBD), where he was board chair and served on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees, until the sale of Boulder to Pinnacle Foods (PF) in January 2016. He also served on the board of Diamond Foods (DMND), where he served on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees until Diamond’s sale to Snyder’s-Lance (LNCE) in February 2016. Hollis also has several privately-held businesses and other investments, ranging from transportation services, franchise operations, commercial real estate to specialized retailing. He currently serves as chair of the governing board for Brownell-Talbot, a college preparatory school, in Omaha, NE.
A 1982 graduate of Stetson, Hollis is the third of four generations to be actively involved with Stetson. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000.
Hollis and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska, with their five children, where he enjoys spending time with his family, supporting charitable organizations and scuba diving.