From 1995 until his retirement in June 2011, Mr. Letham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Anixter International Inc., where he oversaw the company’s finance, accounting, tax, legal, human resource and internal audit activities in 50 countries. Before assuming his role as Chief Financial Officer in 1995, Mr. Letham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Anixter, Inc., the principal operating subsidiary of Anixter International Inc., which he joined in 1993. Previously, he had a ten-year career with National Intergroup Inc., where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as well as Vice President and Controller, Director of Corporate Accounting and Manager for Internal Audit. Mr. Letham began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1973 where he held progressive responsibilities in the Audit Department. Mr. Letham holds a bachelors' degree from Pennsylvania State University’s Accounting Honors program. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Letham has been a Tenneco director since 2007. Since May 2016, he has also been a director and member of the Audit Commitee for Extra Space Storage Inc. He formerly was a director of Interline Brands, Inc. through August, 2015.
Mr. Letham’s substantial experience in finance and accounting makes him a valuable asset to our Board and our Audit Committee. Throughout his more than 35 year career, Mr. Letham has gained a deep understanding of the operations and financial reporting and accounting functions of large organizations. His 15 years of experience as the Chief Financial Officer of Anixter, a large international public company, gives him substantial insight into the complex financial, accounting and operational issues that a large multi-national company such as ours can encounter. Further, with his background in public accounting, he brings particular insight to the external and internal audit functions. The Board has designated Mr. Letham as an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in the SEC’s rules adopted pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.