The Company has three standing committees: Audit, Compensation and Investment. The Company has three informal committees: Executive, Digital Technology and Talent, Capabilities and Succession. The Board does not have a nominating committee or a committee performing the functions of a nominating committee. The entire Board fulfills the function of the nominating committee.

Chair
Member
Financial Expert
Board Members Audit Compensation Executive Investment Talent, Capabilities & Succession Digital Technology

William E. Brown

Executive
Investment

Courtnee Chun

Investment

Timothy P. Cofer

Executive
Talent, Capabilities & Succession
Digital Technology

Lisa Coleman

Brendan P. Dougher  

Audit

Michael J. Edwards

Investment
Digital Technology

Michael Griffith

Compensation
Investment
Talent, Capabilities & Succession

Christopher Metz

Audit

Daniel Myers

Brooks M. Pennington III

Executive
Investment

John R. Ranelli

Investment
Talent, Capabilities & Succession
Digital Technology

Mary Beth Springer

Audit
Compensation
Talent, Capabilities & Succession

William E. Brown

Founder and Former CEO, Central Garden & Pet Company
Director Since: 1980
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Executive Committee, Investment Committee

Mr. Brown was reappointed Chairman of the Board in September 2019. Mr. Brown was Chairman from 1980 to June 2003, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1980 to June 2003 and again from October 2007 to February 2013, when the Board reappointed Mr. Brown to the additional post of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Central, he held leading positions at Vivitar Corporations and McKesson Corporation. Mr. Brown spent the first 10 years of his business career at McCormick & Company, Inc.

Mr. Brown has extensive management and leadership experience with the Company and a deep knowledge of the lawn & garden and pet supplies industries.

Courtnee Chun

Chief Portfolio Officer for Liberty Media Corporation, Qurate Retail, Inc., Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. and Liberty Broadband Corporation
Director Since: 2021
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Investment Committee

Ms. Chun has more than 20 years of experience in corporate development and portfolio management in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Before joining Liberty Media in 2008, Ms. Chun served as Vice President, Opportunity Development at Level 3 Communications. From 2000 until 2006, she held executive positions in Corporate Development & Strategy and finance at New Global Telecom. Prior to that, she gained extensive transaction experience in mergers and acquisitions at FirstWorld Communication. Ms. Chun started her career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan.

Ms. Chun has broad based experience in a number of industries including eCommerce, media, technology and direct-to-consumer markets and a strong background in M&A, portfolio management and investor relations.

Timothy P. Cofer

CEO, Central Garden & Pet Company
Director Since: 2019
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Executive Committee; Talent, Capabilities & Succession Committee; Digital Technology Committee

Prior to joining Central in mid-2019, Mr. Cofer worked for over 10 years at Mondelēz International, where he served in several executive positions and held general management roles, including Chief Growth Officer; President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa; President, Kraft Foods Europe; President, Kraft Pizza Company and President, Oscar Meyer Foods.

Mr. Cofer brings over 30 years of business leadership in the consumer products industry along with a proven track record of success in driving commercial operating excellence in both revenue growth and margin expansion and leading significant M&A initiatives.

Lisa Coleman

Executive Coach, Leadership Development and Board Advisor, Lisa Coleman Advisory Services
Director Since: 2021

Ms. Coleman has over 25 years of experience in talent management and development including executive coaching, leadership development, succession planning, talent acquisition, board advisory and facilitation. Prior to managing her own firm, Ms. Coleman served as Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates from 2002 to 2010, as head of the leisure & hospitality practice and member of the private equity and consumer practices. Prior to that, Ms. Coleman held leading positions at Maveron and from 1996 to 2001 at Korn/Ferry International.

Ms. Coleman has a strong background in talent development and broad-based experience in a number of industries including leisure & hospitality, private equity, retail and eCommerce.

Brendan P. Dougher

Former Managing Partner and Board Member, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Director Since: 2020
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Audit Committee

Mr. Dougher served in a variety of leadership positions during his 36-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) including 26 years as a partner serving both audit and non-audit multinational clients. He held the position of Managing Partner of the NY Metro Region and most recently as the firm’s Managing Partner of the U.S. Cyber Security & Privacy Practice. He also served on the leadership team of the U.S. Senior Partner and was elected to the firm’s governing Board of Partners and Principals and chaired its Governance Committee.

As a former senior executive of one of the Big Four audit firms, Mr. Dougher has strong leadership experience in a wide variety of financial matters including reporting, governance, strategy, and regulatory matters.

Michael J. Edwards

Former President & CEO, Hanna Andersson
Director Since: 2017
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Investment Committee, Digital Technology Committee

Mr. Edwards served as President & CEO of Hanna Andersson, a leading digital-first apparel and lifestyle brand, from 2019 to 2020. Prior to Hanna Anderson, he was Chief Executive Officer of online bag retailer eBags.com. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Edwards was the Global Chief Merchandising Officer of Staples. Prior to joining Staples, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer, and from 2009 to 2010 the Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Borders Group, Inc. Mr. Edwards currently serves as a member of the board of Drexel University and previously served 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 eCommerce on consumers, retailers and suppliers.

Michael Griffith

Former Vice Chairman, Activision Blizzard
Director Since: 2019
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Compensation Committee; Investment Committee; Talent, Capabilities & Succession Committee

Mr. Griffith has more than 35 years of experience in the consumer products industry. From 2016 to 2018, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of EAT Club, Inc., the largest business-focused online lunch delivery company in the United States. Before joining EAT Club, Inc., Mr. Griffith served as Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard from 2010 to 2016. Prior to the merger of Activision Publishing with Blizzard Entertainment, Mr. Griffith served as President & CEO of Activision Publishing from 2005 to 2010. For the first 24 years of his career, he worked for Procter & Gamble Company in several different capacities across multiple business units, both domestically and internationally, culminating with his last five years with the company as President, Global Beverages. Mr. Griffith is currently the lead independent director for Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.

Mr. Griffith brings broad experience in consumer products with demonstrated success in bringing new products to market, driving synergies, licensing activities, partnering with other organizations and guiding an organization’s M&A efforts.

Christopher Metz

CEO, Vista Outdoor, Inc.
Director Since: 2019
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Digital Technology Committee

Mr. Metz has more than 25 years of experience leading companies and brands in the consumer and durable industries. Since 2017, he is the CEO for Vista Outdoor Inc., a publicly held leading global designer, manufacturer, and marketer in the outdoor sports and recreation industry. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Metz served as President and CEO of Arctic Cat, a manufacturer of outdoor recreational vehicles. He was a managing director of a private equity firm from 2005 to 2014, and previous to that position, Mr. Metz held numerous senior management positions at Black & Decker, including the president of the company’s Kwikset, Price Pfister, and Baldwin Hardware divisions. Mr. Metz serves on a number of boards including Vista Outdoors and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Mr. Metz brings a wealth of experience in managing brands and in driving value creation through the introduction of new products, optimizing cost structures, and navigating competitive categories.

Daniel Myers

Senior Operating Executive, Carlyle Group
Director Since: 2021

Mr. Myers has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer products industry building very successful global companies. Prior to joining the Carlyle Group, he served for eight years as the Executive Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain of Mondelez International and held the same title at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, after joining that company in September 2011. Mr. Myers began his career at Procter & Gamble, spending 33 years in roles across all areas of the Supply Chain.

Mr. Myers has strong experience launching new brands and building operations in emerging markets and delivering winning innovation leading major global expansions. He currently is a Senior Fellow at Haslam School of Business teaching as a guest lecturer for both graduate and under-graduate studies.

Brooks M. Pennington III

Former President, Pennington Seed, Inc.
Director Since: 1998
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Executive Committee, Investment Committee

Mr. Pennington has served as Chairman of the Board of Central Garden & Pet Company from March 2018 to September 2019. He has served as 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 board of several private companies.

Mr. Pennington has over 35 years of work experience in the lawn and garden industry, including 12 years as the former Chief Executive Officer of Pennington Seed, Inc.

John R. Ranelli

Former President and CEO, Central Garden & Pet Company
Director Since: 2010
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Investment Committee; Talent, Capabilities & Succession Committee

Mr. Ranelli served as Central Garden & Pet Company's President and Chief Executive Officer from February 2013 through May 2016. From 2010 to present, he has served as director and previously served as a member of the audit committee for Central Garden & Pet.

Since 2011, Mr. Ranelli has served as Chairman of the Board of Woolrich, Inc., a global apparel, and accessories company, and also served as Chief Executive Officer until October 2012. From 2008 to 2012, he 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. He serves on the Board of OrthoLite Holdings, LLC. He was a member of the Trilantic Capital Partners Advisory Board from 2017 to 2020. He served in senior executive capacities with Stride Rite Corporation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, TLC Beatrice and The Timberland Company.

As an experienced chief executive officer of several consumer products companies and a Chairman and director of other public and private equity owned companies, Mr. Ranelli has extensive experience leading and managing all aspects of mid to large consumer products companies.

Mary Beth Springer

Former Executive Vice President and Officer, The Clorox Company
Director Since: 2013
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee; Target, Capabilities & Succession Committee

Ms. Springer served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Clorox Company, a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products from January 2009 to April 2011 and as Group Vice President, Strategy and Growth from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that position, she was Group Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Division from 2005 to 2007 and Vice President and General Manager, Glad Business Unit from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Springer joined Clorox in 1990 as an associate marketing manager for household products. She serves as a director of Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc., a natural health and wellness company.

As a former senior executive of a large consumer products company, Ms. Springer brings extensive experience setting long-term corporate strategy, general management, brand-building and marketing.