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Central Garden & Pet Co (CENT.OQ)

CENT.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Brown

76 2013 Chairman of the Board

George Roeth

56 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Nicholas Lahanas

49 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Rodolfo Spielmann

2016 President - Pet Consumer Products

Michael Reed

69 2012 Executive Vice President

Kay Schwichtenberg

64 2017 Executive Vice President

William Lynch

2016 Senior Vice President - Operations

George Yuhas

65 2015 General Counsel, Secretary

John Balousek

71 2016 Lead Independent Director

David Chichester

70 2016 Director

Brooks Pennington

62 2014 Director

John Ranelli

70 2016 Director

Thomas Colligan

72 2015 Independent Director

Michael Edwards

57 2017 Independent Director

Alfred Piergallini

70 2004 Independent Director

Mary Springer

52 2013 Independent Director

Andrew Woeber

49 Independent Director

Steve Zenker

Vice President - Investor Relations & Communications

Biographies

Name Description

William Brown

Mr. William E. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board of the company. From 1980 to June 2003 and from October 2007 to February 2013, Mr. Brown served as our Chief Executive Officer. From 1977 to 1980, 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.

George Roeth

Mr. George C. Roeth serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. Mr. Roeth has been the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2016. Mr. Roeth was an executive with The Clorox Company for 27 years prior to his retirement in 2015. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Roeth served as a Chief Operating Officer of Lifestyle, Household and Global Operating Functions of Clorox. Previously, Mr. Roeth served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, during which time he was also Chairman of the Board for the Clorox and Procter & Gamble Joint Venture. Prior to that, Mr. Roeth served in several senior-level marketing and operations roles at Clorox, including Vice President and General Manager, Vice President of Growth and Marketing, and Vice President of Brand Development, among others. Mr. Roeth currently serves on the boards of the Oil-Dri Corporation and the East Oakland Youth Development Foundation.

Nicholas Lahanas

Mr. Nicholas Lahanas serves as Chief Financial Officer of the company. He has worked at Central Garden & Pet for over ten years, holding a variety of Finance positions within the company. He most recently served as a SVP Finance, Operations Management & Reporting and CFO of Central's Pet Segment. Formerly he held positions as VP of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, and Director of Business Performance, focusing on business unit profitability. Prior to joining Central, Niko worked in Private Equity and Investment Banking for over eight years. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley.

Rodolfo Spielmann

Mr. Rodolfo Spielmann is a President - Pet Consumer Products of the Company., effective October 10, 2016. He is currently a consultant to the Company, has been named President of Pet Consumer Products. Spielmann has 23 years of broad consumer packaged goods experience in a variety of leadership and marketing roles in the U.S. and internationally, most recently with Mars, Inc. as the Global President of Nutro and North American Pet Specialty. Prior to his role at Mars, Spielmann worked for a number of consumer products companies, including Del Monte Foods, H.J. Heinz, and Procter & Gamble. Spielmann holds a Masters and Bachelor degree in Engineering Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Michael Reed

Mr. Michael A. Reed serves as Executive Vice President of the company. Mr. Reed was President of the Garden Products division from October 2007 to May 2012 and from January 2014 to September 2016. Mr. Reed served as President of the Pet Products division from 2003 to 2004. Previously, Mr. Reed served as President and CEO of PM Ag Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of global agri-business Tate & Lyle, PLC.

Kay Schwichtenberg

Ms. Kay M. Schwichtenberg serves as Executive Vice President of the company. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, 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 the 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 has also served in a variety of sales and marketing capacities for Brunswick Corporation, Skokie, Illinois, and Market Facts, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

William Lynch

Mr. William Lynch serves as Senior Vice President - Operations of the Company., effective October 10, 2016. He will be joining the firm as Sr. Vice President of Operations. Lynch most recently served as Sr. Vice President – Global Operations for Moen, Inc. and was responsible for supply chain strategy, engineering, strategic sourcing, planning, manufacturing, logistics, quality, and customer service. Prior to his time at Moen, Lynch spent over thirty years at The Clorox Company in numerous management positions, the last of which was Vice President Product Supply Global Operations. Lynch holds an MBA from Georgia State and a BS from Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering.

George Yuhas

Mr. George A. Yuhas serves as General Counsel, Secretary of the company. Mr. Yuhas has been our General Counsel since March 2011 and our Secretary since September 2015. From 1984 to March 2011, he was a partner specializing in litigation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

John Balousek

Mr. John B. Balousek is Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Balousek Lead independent director of the Company. Interim Chairman of the Company from July 2015 until October 2016. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Balousek served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Foote, Cone & Belding Communications, one of the largest global advertising and communications networks, and also in 1996 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of True North Technologies, a digital and interactive services company affiliated with True North Communications. Mr. Balousek was also a founding shareholder and strategic contributor to Lenscrafters one-hour optical in the United States, Vision Express in Europe, and a founder of Eyemasters one-hour optical in Canada. Prior to 1991, Mr. Balousek held various management positions with Foote, Cone & Belding Communications and in brand management with the Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Balousek has also served as a director on multiple boards, including Inuvo, Inc., an online analytics, data and media company, from June 2008 to March 2012, Rabobank NA, a California community bank, and VIB Corp., a bank holding company. As a former President and Chief Operating Officer of a global advertising network, executive in brand management at one of the world’s leading consumer packaged goods organizations, and an experienced director with deep boardroom experience across a range of businesses, Mr. Balousek brings valuable skills and insights to the Company.

David Chichester

Mr. David N. Chichester has been Director of the Company. He was Acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He was an Independent Director of Central Garden and Pet Co. Mr. Chichester served as Senior Vice President Finance Starbucks Corporation from 2001 to 2003 and, in Tokyo, as Chief Financial Officer Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Chichester served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Red Roof Inns, Inc. from 1996 to 1999. Prior to these positions, he held senior management positions in finance at Integrated Health Services, Inc., Marriott Corporation and General Electric Credit Corporation, and served as an investment banker at Warburg Paribas Becker Incorporated and in several roles at The First National Bank of Chicago. He has also served on the boards of other public and private companies, including Pets.com and Red Roof Inns, Inc.

Brooks Pennington

Mr. Brooks M. Pennington III is Director of the company. Director of Special Projects for the Company since October 2006. From 1994 through September 2006, 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 36 years of work experience in the lawn and garden industry, including 12 years as the former chief executive officer of Pennington Seed, Inc.

John Ranelli

Mr. John R. Ranelli is Director of the Company. Mr. Ranelli served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from February 2013 to May 2016 and as Acting Principal Financial Officer from February 2016 to September 2016. He continues as a Company consultant and director. 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, a global optical and jewelry company. Previously, he served in senior executive capacities with Stride Rite Corporation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, TLC Beatrice and The Timberland Company. 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.

Thomas Colligan

Mr. Thomas J. Colligan is an 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. Mr. Colligan currently consults with the board of Sharp Electronics. He 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 is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Edwards most recently served as the CEO and President of eBags, which was purchased by Samsonite in August of this year. Previously, he worked as EVP Global Merchandising for Staples, where he was responsible for merchandising strategy and new business development, managing the global private label and innovation teams across 26 countries. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served as President & CEO of Borders, Inc. Over his career Mr. Edwards has held numerous other senior management roles with retailers and has also worked with a number of start-ups, serving as Chairman or CEO to those organizations. He currently serves on the board of Flexsteel Industries and the Board of Trustees of Drexel University. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Alfred Piergallini

Mr. Alfred A. Piergallini is an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Piergallini Consultant with Desert Trail Consulting, a marketing consulting organization, since January 2001 and Chairman of Wisconsin Cheese Group, Inc., a specialty cheese company, from January 2006 to December 2010. From December 1999 to December 2001, Mr. Piergallini served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Consumer Health Worldwide, a manufacturer, developer and marketer of health-related products, and from February 1999 to December 1999, Mr. Piergallini served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Consumer Health North America. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Piergallini held senior management positions with Gerber Products Company, including, at various times, the offices of Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. He currently serves as a director of Comerica Incorporated, a financial services company.

Mary Springer

Ms. Mary Beth Springer is Independent Director of the company. Ms. Springer From 2009 to 2011, 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 lead independent director of Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc., a natural health and wellness company.

Andrew Woeber

Mr. Andrew K. Woeber is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Woeber has 20 years of experience as an investment banker. From April 2008 to the present, Mr. Woeber has been a Partner/Managing Director at Greenhill & Co., Inc., a global M&A advisory firm, where he is Co-Head of U.S. M&A and focuses on mergers and acquisitions across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Greenhill, Mr. Woeber was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2008, where he was promoted to Managing Director in 2004. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Woeber worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and the Global Capital Markets Group in New York and the Corporate Finance Department in San Francisco. Early in his career, Mr. Woeber was a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he focused primarily on M&A. Mr. Woeber serves on the Board of Overseers of University of California, San Francisco, a medical school and group of hospitals with a $1.5 billion endowment, and is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the audit committee.

Steve Zenker