Board of Directors

Jean-Michel Valette
Chairman of the Board

Jean-Michel Valette, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 35, has served as a member of the Sleep Number Board of Directors since October 1994 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2010. Mr. Valette is an independent adviser to branded consumer companies. From January 2004 to October 2012, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Inc. Mr. Valette also served as non-executive Chairman of the Robert Mondavi Winery from April 2005 to October 2006 and was its Managing Director from October 2004 to April 2005. From August 1998 to May 2000, Mr. Valette was President and Chief Executive Officer of Franciscan Estates, Inc., a premium wine company. He was a Managing Director of Hambrecht & Quist LLC, an investment banking firm, from October 1994 to August 1998 and served as a Senior Analyst at Hambrecht & Quist LLC from November 1992 to October 1994. Mr. Valette also serves as Lead Director of The Boston Beer Company.

Daniel Alegre

Daniel Alegre, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 40, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in May 2013.  Effective April 2020, Mr. Alegre is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Activision Blizzard, Inc., a leading interactive entertainment company.  From November 2012 to April 2020, Mr. Alegre served as President of Global Partner Business Solutions for Google, Inc.  From 2004 to October 2012, Mr. Alegre held various roles at Google, including Vice President of Google’s Latin American and Asia Pacific Business Development and President of Asia Pacific and Japan, overseeing all business operations in the region.  Prior to joining Google, Mr. Alegre served as Vice President of Business Development for e-commerce at Bertelsmann AG, a German multinational mass media corporation, spearheading partnerships and acquisitions, and also as Vice President of BMG Music, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann, in Latin America.

Stephen L. Gulis Jr

Stephen L. Gulis, Jr., SLEEP NUMBER® setting 45, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in July 2005. From April 1996 to October 2007, Mr. Gulis was the Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel and accessories (WWW). From October 2007 until his retirement in July of 2008, he served as Executive Vice President and President of Global Operations for WWW. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Gulis served in various other management capacities with WWW, including CFO, Vice President of Finance, and Vice President Finance and Administration of the Hush Puppies Company. Prior to joining WWW, he served six years on the audit staff of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Gulis also serves as a director for Independent Bank Corporation. In addition to his board positions, Mr. Gulis serves as an independent financial, operations and management advisor to several privately held organizations.

Michael Harrison

Michael J. Harrison, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 40, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in December, 2011. From August 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Harrison served as President & Chief Operating Officer of Grand Circle Corporation, a leader in overseas small group travel serving Americans aged 50 and older. Prior to joining Grand Circle, Mr. Harrison served as an advisor to consumer brand companies from December 2012 to July 2016. From 2003 through November of 2012, Mr. Harrison served in a variety of executive positions for Timberland, a leading brand of outdoor footwear, apparel and gear, including as the Chief Brand Officer from 2009 through November 2012, as co-President from 2007-2009, as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing from 2005-2007, and as Senior Vice President International from 2003-2005. Prior to joining Timberland, Mr. Harrison served in various marketing, operations and general management capacities with Procter & Gamble - in Europe, U.S., Australia and Asia, including as President of Max Factor KK (Japan) and Vice President of Western Europe Cosmetics & Skin Care products.

Julie M. Howard
Julie M. Howard, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 40, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in May 2020.  Ms. Howard is the former Chief Executive Officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (“Navigant”), a specialized global professional services firm, from March 2012 to October 2019 and the former Chairman of the Board of Navigant from May 2014 to October 2019.  Ms. Howard held previous leadership positions with Navigant including President (2006-2012), Chief Operating Officer (2003-2006) and Chief Human Capital Officer (2000-2003).  Ms. Howard also serves as a director of InnerWorkings, Inc. and ManPower Group, Inc.
Shelly R. Ibach
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sleep Number

Shelly Ibach, Sleep Number® setting 40, average SleepIQ® score 82, is president and chief executive officer of Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR), the sleep innovation leader delivering proven quality sleep through effortless, adjustable comfort and biometric sleep tracking technology. 

As CEO of Sleep Number since June 2012, Shelly has combined her passion for delivering increased value to the consumer with her visionary leadership to develop innovative sleep experiences and deliver superior shareholder returns. She has positioned Sleep Number at the intersection of sleep, health and technology trends, and is a thought leader shaping the growing understanding that sleep is at the center of health and wellness. After joining the company in April 2007, Shelly served across a wide breadth of executive leadership roles in consumer strategy, sales, marketing and product development, including Chief Operating Officer in 2011. 

Prior to Sleep Number, Shelly honed her instincts as an expert retailer and brand marketer during her 20-year tenure at Target Corporation and Macy’s. Based in Minneapolis, Sleep Number’s 2018 net sales were over $1.5 billion. The company employs more than 4,300 team members and operates over 600 Sleep Number® stores located in all 50 U.S. states. Ranked in the top 15 of Russel 3000 companies for gender diverse Boards, Sleep Number finds value in diverse perspectives throughout the company and in the Boardroom.

Shelly is also Sleep Editor-at-Large for Thrive Global – the behavior change media and technology company founded by Arianna Huffington. Shelly was named Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2019 Executive of the Year and was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 National Finalist. Shelly serves on the executive committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership, an organization focused on further enhancing the region’s quality of life. 

Deb Kilpatrick

Deborah L. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., SLEEP NUMBER® setting 40, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in May 2018. Since 2014, Ms. Kilpatrick has served as Chief Executive Officer of Evidation Health, Inc., a digital health company. From 2006 to 2014, Ms. Kilpatrick was the Chief Commercial Officer of CardioDx, a genomic diagnostics company. From 1998 to 2006, Ms. Kilpatrick held multiple leadership roles at Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific, NYSE: BSX ), a medical device company, including Research Fellow, Director of R&D, and Director of New Ventures in the Vascular Intervention Division. Ms. Kilpatrick chairs the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Brenda J. Lauderback

Brenda J. Lauderback, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 70, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in February 2004. Ms. Lauderback served as President of the Retail and Wholesale Group for the Nine West Group, Inc., a designer and marketer of women’s footwear and accessories, from May 1995 until January 1998. Prior to Nine West, Ms. Lauderback was President of Wholesale and Manufacturing for US Shoe Corporation, where she was responsible for sales, product design and offices in China, Spain and Italy. Ms. Lauderback served 18 years with the Department Store Division of Target Corporation in a variety of capacities, including 13 years as Vice President and General Manager for Shoes, Accessories, Cosmetics, Intimate Apparel and Children's. Ms. Lauderback also serves as a director of Big Lots, Inc., Denny’s Corporation and Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Ms. Lauderback also served as a director of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation until May 2005 and Irwin Financial Corporation until September 2009.

Barbara R. Matas

Barbara R. Matas, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 30, was appointed to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in April 2016. Ms. Matas served as Head of Leveraged Finance at Citigroup from December 2006 until her retirement from Citigroup in April 2016. Ms. Matas served as Managing Director and Chairman, Leveraged Finance at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. from 2013 to 2016, and Co-head from 2006 to 2013. From 1985 to 2006, she held various leadership positions in leveraged finance and high yield capital markets at Citicorp, Salomon Brothers and Citigroup. She began her career as an Auditor at Touche Ross & Co. Ms. Matas has substantial expertise in capital structure and financial strategy gained through more than 30 years of professional experience in advising boards and management teams on capital markets, capital structure and risk assessment and management.

Kathleen L. Nedorostek

Kathy Nedorostek, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 35, was elected to the Sleep Number Board of Directors in May 2011. From October 2012 through September 2014, Ms. Nedorostek served as the Group President, Global Footwear and Accessories at the Jones Group, Inc., a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of brands in apparel, footwear and accessories. Prior to joining The Jones Group, Ms. Nedorostek served as President of the North American Wholesale and Global Licensing divisions of Coach Inc. from 2003 to 2012, with responsibility for Coach's department and specialty store businesses throughout North America and licensed businesses worldwide. Ms. Nedorostek joined Coach from Natori, a privately owned lingerie company, where she held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2003. Before joining Natori, Ms. Nedorostek was President of cK Calvin Klein Handbags and Footwear, a division of Nine West, from 1995 to 1998. Previously, Ms. Nedorostek was Chief Operating Officer for Judith Leiber and has held senior management positions at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Michael A. Peel - Director Emeritus

Michael A. Peel, SLEEP NUMBER® setting 40, served as a member of the Sleep Number Board of Directors from February 2003 until May 2020, when he was appointed to the role of Director Emeritus.  In October 2008, Mr. Peel was named an Officer of Yale University and served as Vice President for Human Resources and Administration until his retirement in July 2017.  Previously Mr. Peel spent 17 years at General Mills, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer food products, where he was last Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Global Business Services; Mr. Peel originally joined General Mills as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources in 1991.  From 1977 to 1991, Mr. Peel served in various capacities for PepsiCo, Inc., including as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for PepsiCo Worldwide Foods from 1987 to 1991, and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group from 1984 to 1987.  Mr. Peel also serves as a director of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts.

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