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Ellen Marram

President, The Barnegat Group
Ellen Marram

Ellen R. Marram has spent over 35 years anticipating market trends and emerging consumer needs, and building profitable brands and companies that address them. She has recently joined the Health and Health Care 2020 Advisory Board, and since 2006 she has served as President of the Barnegat Group LLC, her business advisory firm. From 2000-2005 she was a Managing Director of North Castle Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the healthy living and aging sector where she served as Chairman of several portfolio companies. She is currently an advisor to North Castle and to Physic Ventures, a venture firm focused on consumer-directed health care and sustainable living companies.

Ms. Marram was president and chief executive officer of Tropicana and the Tropicana Beverage Group from 1993 through 1998, where she steadily grew revenue and earnings and nearly doubled margins as she transformed Tropicana from a Florida juice company to a market driven, health-focused, global juice business, number one in worldwide sales and profits. During Ms. Marram's tenure, Tropicana nearly tripled its shareholder value and was sold to PepsiCo in 1998 for $3.3 billion. While at Tropicana, Ms. Marram was named one of the Top 25 Managers of the Year by Business Week.

From 1988 to 1993, Ms. Marram was president and chief executive officer of the Nabisco Biscuit Company, the largest operating unit of Nabisco, Inc., where she consistently produced strong revenue and profit growth in a highly leveraged environment. Ms. Marram's vision and direction led to the 1992 launch of SnackWell's cookies and crackers, which pioneered low-fat snacking and is considered one of the most successful new products of the '90s. Ms. Marram was president of Nabisco's Grocery Division from 1987 to 1988, and from 1970 to 1986 she was in marketing management at Nabisco/Standard Brands, Johnson & Johnson and Lever Brothers.

Ms. Marram is a member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company, The New York Times Company and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as several private companies in the food and consumer healthcare sectors. She is a member of the Health Executives Leadership Network and serves on a number of non-profit boards including New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Institute for the Future, Lincoln Center Theater, and Families and Work Institute. She has served as a Trustee of The Conference Board and the Board of Associates of Harvard Business School.

She is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has received Alumni Achievement Awards from both institutions.