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Central Garden & Pet Co (CENTA.OQ)

CENTA.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Brown

78 2019 Chairman of the Board

Timothy Cofer

51 2019 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Nicholas Lahanas

51 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Kay Schwichtenberg

66 2017 Executive Vice President

George Yuhas

67 2015 General Counsel, Secretary

Brendan Dougher

2020 Director

Brooks Pennington

65 2019 Director

Thomas Colligan

75 2015 Independent Director

Michael Edwards

59 2017 Independent Director

Michael Griffith

63 2019 Independent Director

Christopher Metz

55 2019 Independent Director

John Ranelli

73 2018 Independent Director

Mary Springer

55 2013 Independent Director

Steve Zenker

Vice President - Investor Relations, FP&A and Corporate Communications

Biographies

Name Description

William Brown

Mr. William E. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Brown founded the Company and has extensive management and leadership experience and a deep knowledge of the lawn and garden and pet supplies industries and the financial and operational issues faced by the Company. Mr. Brown was Senior Vice President of the Vivitar Corporation with responsibility for Finance, Operations and Research & Development. From 1972 to 1977, he was with McKesson Corporation where he was responsible for its 200-site data processing organization. Prior to joining McKesson Corporation, Mr. Brown spent the first 10 years of his business career at McCormick, Inc. in manufacturing, engineering and data processing.

Timothy Cofer

Mr. Timothy P. Cofer serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Cofer has 30 years of experience in the consumer products industry. Most recently, Mr. Cofer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer of Mondelez International from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that role, he held leadership positions with P&L responsibility in many large domestic and international units including: President, Mondelez Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa from 2013 to 2015, President Kraft Foods Europe from 2011 to 2013, President Kraft Pizza Company 2008 to 2010 and President Oscar Mayer Foods from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Cofer has an extensive track record of growing consumer products businesses both organically and through acquisitions. He has business leadership experience across general management, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, eCommerce, R&D, innovation, cost discipline and M&A in the consumer products industry.

Nicholas Lahanas

Mr. Nicholas Lahanas serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Lahanas served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of our Pet segment from April 2014 to May 2017 and, Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis from October 2011 to March 2014. Mr. Lahanas was the Director of Business Performance from March 2008 to October 2011, where his primary focus was on business unit profitability, and was a Finance Manager from October 2006 to March 2008 in our Garden segment. Prior to joining Central, Mr. Lahanas worked in private equity and investment banking.

Kay Schwichtenberg

Ms. Kay M. Schwichtenberg serves as Executive Vice President of the Company. she held several positions for Central including Special Projects Advisor, President & CEO of Central Life Sciences and President of Wellmark International. Ms. Schwichtenberg joined Central in our acquisition of the Consumer and Animal Health Division from Sandoz Agro, Inc., a worldwide leader in pharmaceuticals where she was the Vice President and General Manager. She also served in a variety of sales and marketing capacities for Brunswick Corporation, and Market Facts, Inc.

George Yuhas

Mr. George A. Yuhas serves as General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. He was a partner specializing in litigation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Brendan Dougher

Mr. Brendan Dougher has been appointed as Director of the Company effective 9/27/2020. Mr. Dougher, who is retiring on September 30, 2020, has held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) for 36 years, including as Managing Partner of the NY Metro Region of PwC from July 2006 until June 2019 and most recently as Managing Partner of the US Cyber Security & Privacy Practice from January 2019 to September 2019.

Brooks Pennington

Mr. Brooks M. Pennington III serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Pennington was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennington Seed, Inc., a business which was acquired by the Company in 1998. He also serves on the boards of several private companies. Mr. Pennington has over 37 years of work experience in the lawn and garden industry, including 12 years as the former chief executive officer of Pennington Seed, Inc.

Thomas Colligan

Mr. Thomas J. Colligan serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Colligan served in executive roles for 38 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), including as the firm’s Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2004. After retiring from PwC in 2004, Mr. Colligan worked for two years as managing director at Duke Corporate Education before becoming Vice Dean of Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School until 2010. He currently serves on the board of Valiant Integrated Services, a private logistics and services provider, and previously served on the boards of ADT, CNH Global, Office Depot, Inc., Schering Plough Corporation, Educational Management Corporation, Targus Corporation and Anesiva, Inc. Mr. Colligan is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Colligan’s qualifications include his 39 years as a Certified Public Accountant, his PwC experience, his extensive experience with audit and financial issues and his past service on public company boards and audit committees.

Michael Edwards

Mr. Michael J. Edwards serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Edwards is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanna Andersson, a leading digital-first premium children’s apparel and lifestyle brand. He served as Chief Executive Officer of ebags.com, a leading online bag retailer owned by Samsonite, from 2015 to 2017. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Edwards was the Global Chief Merchandising Officer of Staples, an office supplies retailer. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Edwards was the President and Chief Executive Officer, and from 2009 to 2010 the Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Borders Group, Inc. Borders Group, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on February 16, 2011. Mr. Edwards serves as a director on the board of Drexel University and previously served as a director of Flexsteel Industries, Inc. until 2019. Mr. Edwards has been a senior executive at a number of major retailers and has significant experience with the transformational impact of e-commerce on consumers, retailers and suppliers.

Michael Griffith

Mr. Michael J. Griffith serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Griffith served as Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard, Inc., a worldwide online, personal computer, console, handheld, and mobile game publisher, from March 2010 to August 2016 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, Inc. (prior to merger with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.), one of the world’s largest third-party video game publishers from June 2005 to March 2010. Prior thereto, he served in various executive positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, a multinational consumer goods corporation, including as President of the Global Beverage Division, Vice President and General Manager of Coffee Products, and Vice President and General Manager of Fabric & Home Care-Japan and Korea and Fabric & Home Care Strategic Planning-Asia. In addition, Mr. Griffith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of EAT Club, Inc., the largest business-focused online lunch delivery company in the United States, from July 2016 to March 2018. Mr. Griffith is also a director of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.

Christopher Metz

Mr. Christopher T. Metz serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Metz has served as director and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Outdoor Inc. since October 2017. Prior to joining Vista Outdoor Inc., Mr. Metz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arctic Cat Inc., a manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-road vehicles and snowmobiles, from December 2014 to March 2017. He served as a Managing Director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a global private equity firm, from 2005 to July 2014. Prior to joining Sun Capital, Mr. Metz worked for Black & Decker, a manufacturer of power tools, accessories, hardware, home improvement products, and technology based fastening systems, for over 13 years, serving in a variety of capacities, including President of its Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005.

John Ranelli

Mr. John R. Ranelli serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ranelli served as Chairman of the Board of Woolrich, Inc., a global apparel and accessories company, from 2011 until November 2016, and also served as Chief Executive Officer from March 2012 until October 2012. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Ranelli was engaged in pursuing corporate acquisition opportunities while advising companies and private equity firms. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Ranelli was Chief Executive Officer and President of Mikasa, Inc., a global dinnerware, crystal and home accessories company. From 1999 to 2006, he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of FGX International, an optical and jewelry company. Previously, he served in senior executive capacities with Stride Rite Corporation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, TLC Beatrice and The Timberland Company. Mr. Ranelli serves on the Board of OrthoLite Holdings, LLC and is a member of the Trilantic Capital Partners Advisory Board. He served on the boards of Party City Holdings, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, GNC Corporation from 2006 to 2007 and Deckers Outdoor Corporation from 1994 to 1996.

Mary Springer

Ms. Mary Beth Springer serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Springer served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Clorox Company. She served as Clorox’s Group Vice President – Strategy and Growth from 2007 until 2009. She was Group Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Division from 2005 to 2007 and Vice President and General Manager, Glad Products Business Unit from 2002 through 2004. Ms. Springer joined Clorox in 1990 as associate marketing manager for household products and subsequently held marketing positions of increasing responsibility. Ms. Springer also serves as an independent director of Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc., a natural health and wellness company.

Steve Zenker

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