Chief Executive Officer and President
Talbott Roche was appointed Chief Executive Officer on February 22, 2016 and continues to serve as the President of the Company, a role she’s held since November 2010. She originally joined the Company as Assistant Vice President in July 2001 while the Company was a specialty marketing division of Safeway, Inc. (which was later merged with and into Albertsons Holdings LLC in January 2015). Ms. Roche transitioned to the role of Senior Vice President, Marketing, Product and Business Development in January 2005 and served in that position until November 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Roche served as a Branding Consultant and Director of New Business Development for Landor Associates, a marketing consulting firm, from October 2000 to July 2001. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Roche held various executive positions at News Corporation, a media and marketing services company, including Senior Vice President, Sales for the Smart Source iGroup and Vice President, Sales for News America Marketing. Ms. Roche currently serves on the board of directors of Electronic Arts Inc., a leading global interactive entertainment software company. From 2001 to 2007, Ms. Roche served as a member of the board of directors of Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, a leading trade association open to all companies involved in providing prepaid cards that carry a brand network logo to consumers, businesses and government. Ms. Roche holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University. Because of her considerable business management experience and understanding of our business, the Board believes that she is able to contribute valuable input on the strategic and business affairs to the Board.
William Y. Tauscher
William Y. Tauscher. Mr. Tauscher has served as Executive Chairman since July 2016. Previously, he served as our Chief Executive Officer between August 2010 and February 2016. Mr. Tauscher has served as our Head of International since November 2013. Mr. Tauscher has served as a member of the Board since August 2007 and as Chairman of the Board since August 2009. He also served as our Executive Chairman from March 2010 to August 2010 and as President from August 2010 to November 2010. Mr. Tauscher served on the board of directors of Safeway from May 1998 to January 2015, where he also served on the executive committee. Since 1986, he has been a managing member of the Tauscher Group, which invests and assists in the management of enterprises involved with home products, transportation, telecommunications and real estate. From 2004 to August 2010, he served as the Chief Executive Officer, and continues to serve as the Chairman of the board of directors, of Vertical Communications, Inc., a communications technology company. Mr. Tauscher also serves as a director of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Tauscher holds a B.S. in Administrative Sciences from Yale University.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Retail
David C. Tate has served as our Senior Vice President, Products and Marketing since December 2013. Mr. Tate originally joined us as Regional Vice President, Business Development in October 2001 while we were a specialty marketing division of Safeway. Mr. Tate was promoted to Group Vice President, Gift Cards in January 2005. Mr. Tate was promoted to General Manager, Core Business in January 2011. Prior to joining Blackhawk, Mr. Tate served in various sales, management and executive roles at On Technology and NewChannel Inc. Mr. Tate holds a B.A. in business from Southern New Hampshire University.