David T. Darragh Biography

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David T. Darragh
Chief Executive Officer, Pod Pack International
Operating Partner, LongueVue Capital
Metairie, Louisiana

Appointed: January 2019
Term expires: December 31, 2024

David T. Darragh is chief executive officer of Pod Pack International, a Baton Rouge-based company focused on single-serve product solutions in the coffee and tea categories. He is also an operating partner for LongueVue Capital, a New Orleans-based growth equity firm focused on the lower middle market.

Between 2006 and 2019, Mr. Darragh served as president and chief executive officer of New Orleans-based Reily Foods Company.

Prior to Reily Foods Company, Mr. Darragh joined New Orleans-based Zatarain's Inc., a Citicorp Venture Capital portfolio company, where he led the strategy, marketing, and product development efforts after taking the company national in 1998. He participated in the sale of Zatarain's to McCormick & Company in 2003 and remained with Zatarain's as president after its sale.

From 1994 thru 1998, he led the marketing and product development efforts for Denver-based Chef America Inc. and the Hot Pockets brand, which was ultimately sold to Nestle.

Mr. Darragh's management career began in brand management with the Quaker Oats Company in 1988.

He is a member of the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He serves on the New Orleans Advisory Board for First Horizon National Corporation and on the board of advisors for Laitram Corporation. He serves on the board of directors for Louisiana Pepper Exchange. He also serves on the grants committee of Baptist Community Ministries.

Mr. Darragh received his BA degree from Northwestern University and MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.