AdvancePierre Foods Mourns the Loss of Board Member Margaret M. Cannella

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Margaret M. Cannella, a Director of AdvancePierre Foods Holdings (NYSE:
APFH), passed away on November 24, 2016. Cannella began serving as a
Director of AdvancePierre in 2008, following its acquisition by a fund
managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”).

“Margaret was an original board member when we acquired Pierre Foods in
late 2008 and helped to guide the company through recapitalizations,
acquisitions and, ultimately, an Initial Public Offering in July 2016.
She played an integral part in the success of this company and will be
greatly missed by all of us,” said Matthew Wilson, Director of
AdvancePierre and Co-Portfolio Manager at Oaktree.

“Margaret was a true industry icon. We are so fortunate Margaret lent
her insights and talents to the AdvancePierre Board, serving as a
steadfast champion of the business for the past eight years,” said Dean
Hollis, Chairman of the Board. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her
family and friends during this difficult time.”

Gary L. Perlin, a Director and member of the Audit Committee of the
Company’s Board of Directors, will serve as interim Chair of the Audit
Committee in addition to the other positions he currently holds.

About Margaret M. Cannella

Cannella was an Adjunct Professor in the Heilbrunn Center for Value
Investing at Columbia Business School where she taught courses in
leveraged financing and credit markets. In 2009, after 30 years in
investment banking in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Cannella retired from
JPMorgan Chase & Co. as Managing Director and Head of Global Credit
Research. She previously served as Head of U.S. Equity and Credit
Research at JPMorgan. In these roles, she was a member of the operating
committee for global markets, chaired JPMorgan’s capital market strategy
function and represented JPMorgan on regulatory and self-regulatory
bodies. Prior to joining JPMorgan in 1998, Cannella was a Managing
Director at Citigroup Inc., and ultimately responsible for Global
Research. In addition to her role on AdvancePierre’s Board of Directors,
Cannella served on the Board of Directors of Watford Re Ltd., an
affiliate of Arch Capital Group Ltd., and functioned as an independent
trustee of the Schroder Funds. She had previously served on the Board of
Directors of Avolon Aircraft Holdings, Inc., and was a member of the
Wilshire Mutual Funds, where she chaired the investment
committee. Cannella earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton
University in East Asian Studies and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from
Columbia Business School.

About AdvancePierre Foods

AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APFH), headquartered in
Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading national producer and distributor of
value-added, convenient, ready-to-eat sandwiches, sandwich components
and other entrées and snacks to a wide variety of distribution outlets
including foodservice, retail and convenience store providers. With
revenues of $1.6 billion in 2015 and more than 4,000 employees, the
Company offers a broad line of products across all day parts including:
ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches and hamburgers; sandwich components, such as fully
cooked hamburger and chicken patties, and Philly steaks; and other
entrées and snacks, such as country-fried steak, stuffed entrées,
chicken tenders and cinnamon dough bites. A fund managed by Oaktree
Capital Management, L.P., a Los Angeles-based investment firm, is the
majority shareholder of AdvancePierre Foods.


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