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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

77 2013 Chairman of the Board

Brooks Pennington

64 2018 Chairman of the Board

George Roeth

57 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Nicholas Lahanas

50 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Kay Schwichtenberg

65 2017 Executive Vice President

William Lynch

58 2016 Senior Vice President - Operations

George Yuhas

66 2015 General Counsel, Secretary

John Balousek

73 2016 Lead Independent Director

Thomas Colligan

74 2015 Independent Director

Michael Edwards

58 2017 Independent Director

John Hanson

53 2018 Independent Director

Christopher Metz

52 2019 Independent Director

John Ranelli

72 2018 Independent Director

Mary Springer

54 2013 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, Mr. Brown 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.

Brooks Pennington

Mr. Brooks M. Pennington III serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has been 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.

George Roeth

Mr. George C. Roeth is no longer as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. Effective September 28, 2019. 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, he 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. Mr. Lahanas 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.

Kay Schwichtenberg

Ms. Kay M. Schwichtenberg is the 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 Lawrence Lynch is the Senior Vice President - Operations of the Company. 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 is the 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 an Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Balousek was 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.

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 an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Edwards 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 of Flexsteel Industries, Inc. 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.

John Hanson

Mr. John Edward Hanson is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hanson has over 25 years of leadership experience in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) with over 16 years at ConAgra where he was President of ConAgra’s Frozen Foods Division from 2008 to 2012. Previously, Mr. Hanson was a Senior Vice President in Sales at ConAgra from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that, Mr. Hanson held multiple senior level operating roles. Mr. Hanson was also Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Brands Inc. from 2015 to 2017 and has been a consultant to CPG companies since 2013. As a former senior executive of a large consumer products company, Mr. Hanson is an invaluable resource for the organization with extensive experience growing a company both organically and through acquisitions.

Christopher Metz

Mr. Christopher T. Metz is an 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. (“Sun Capital”), 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 is an Independent 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.

Mary Springer

Ms. Mary Beth Springer is an 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.

Steve Zenker

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