Manuel A. Fernandez, Lead Independent Director

Manuel A. Fernandez was named Lead Independent Director of the Board in January 2019, after joining the PFG board as a Director in December 2017. Mr. Fernandez serves as the Managing Director of SI Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on information technology and communications infrastructure. He has held that position with the firm since its inception in 1998. Mr. Fernandez served as Chairman and CEO of Gartner, Inc., a leading research and advisory company, from 1990 to 2001. He has also been Chairman and CEO of three technology-driven companies, Dataquest, Inc., Gavilan Computer Corporation and Zilog Incorporated. Mr. Fernandez currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Brunswick Corporation, where he is the lead director, Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, and Time, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Flowers Foods, Inc. and Sysco Corporation. Mr. Fernandez holds a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, where he also formerly served as the Chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees.