William E. Brown

Chairman of the Board

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

Mr. Brown has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company from 1980 until February of 2018 and since September 2019 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1980 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2013. 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 and a deep knowledge of the lawn & garden and pet supplies industries and the financial and operational issues faced by the Company

Courtnee Chun

Director

Chief Portfolio Officer, Liberty Media 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. She serves as Chief Portfolio Officer for Liberty Media Corporation, Qurate Retail, Inc., Liberty Trip Advisor Holdings, Inc., Liberty Broadband Corporation and GCI Liberty. 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 these roles, Ms. Chun received extensive transaction experience through corporate development work at FirstWorld Communications and investment banking at JP Morgan. She previously was a director of HSN, Inc., Expedia Group, Inc., and LendingTree, Inc.

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

Director

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

Mr. Cofer has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 2019. He has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer products industry. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Cofer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer of Mondelēz International. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with profit and loss responsibility in many large domestic and international units including President Mondelēz Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa from 2013 to 2015; President, Kraft Foods Europe from 2011 to 2013; President, Kraft Pizza Company from 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.

Lisa Coleman

Director

Executive Coach, Leadership Development and Board Advisor
Director Since: 2021
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Audit Committee

Ms. Coleman has over 25 years of experience in talent management and development including executive coaching, leadership development, leadership and succession planning as well as talent acquisition. Since 2010, she has provided executive career coaching and board advisory services through her firm Lisa Coleman Advisory Services. Prior to managing her own firm, Ms. Coleman served as Managing Director, Head of Leisure and Hospitality Practice, member of the Consumer and Private Equity Practices and Head of Research Americas at Russell Reynolds Associates from 2002 to 2010, where she led business development, executive search and organization assessments for consumer sector clients. Prior to that, she served as the Human Capital Partner at Maveron, a venture capital firm, and from 1996 to 2001 Ms. Coleman served as Partner, Retail Practice and Head of eCommerce 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

Director

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

Mr. Dougher served in executive roles for 36 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) including as Managing Partner of the NY Metro Region of PwC from 2006 to 2019 and most recently as the firm’s Managing Partner of the U.S. Cyber Security & Privacy Practice from January 2019 to September 2019. 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. Griffith

Director

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. He served as Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard, a worldwide online, personal computer, console, handheld and mobile game publisher from 2010 to 2016 and as President & Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, Inc. (prior to the merger with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.), one of the world’s largest third-party video game publishers, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to Activation Blizzard, Mr. Griffith served in various executive positions at The Procter & Gamble Company 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, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of EAT Club, Inc., the largest business-focused online lunch delivery company in the United States from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Griffith is currently a director for Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.

As a former senior executive of one of the leading multinational consumer products companies, Mr. Griffith brings extensive experience leading and managing many aspects of large consumer products companies.

Christopher T. Metz

Director

CEO, Vista Outdoor, Inc.
Director Since: 2019

Mr. Metz has more than 25 years of experience leading companies and brands in the consumer and durable industries. Since 2017, he has served as Chief Executive Officer 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 all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. He served as Managing Director of Sun Capital Partners, a global private equity firm, from 2005 to 2014, and previous to that position, Mr. Metz held numerous senior management positions at Black & Decker, a manufacturer of power tools, accessories, hardware, home improvement products, and technology based fastening systems for over 13 years including President of the company’s Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005.

Mr. Metz has extensive consumer products and proven leadership, strategic decision making, and business performance skills and a background in private equity.

Daniel P. Myers

Director

Former Executive Vice President Integrated Supply Chain, Mondelēz International
Director Since: 2021

Mr. Myers has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer products industry building very successful global companies. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Haslam School of Business. Mr. Myers also currently serves as a Senior Operating Executive for the Carlyle Group. Prior to joining the Carlyle Group, he served as the Executive Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain of Mondelez International from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Myers held the same title at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, after joining that company in 2011. He worked at Procter & Gamble for 33 years, serving in roles across all areas of the supply chain. Most recently, Mr. Myers served as Vice President, Product Supply.

Mr. Myers has strong experience launching new brands and building operations in emerging markets. He has over 25 years’ experience leading major global supply chain expansions.

Brooks M. Pennington III

Director

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

Mr. Pennington 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 2006. From 1994 through 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 44 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

Director

Retired CEO, Central Garden & Pet Company
Director Since: 2010
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Investment Committee; Digital Technology Committee; Talent, Capabilities & Succession Committee

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

From 2010 until 2016, 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 from March 2012 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. Previously, Mr. Ranelli served in executive capacities with Stride Rite Corporation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, TLC Beatrice and The Timberland Company. He serves on the Board of OrthoLite Holdings, LLC. Mr. Ranelli was a member of the Trilantic Capital Partners Advisory Board from 2017 to 2020.

As a former Chief Executive Officer of the Company and an experienced chief executive officer of consumer products companies and a chairman and director of public and private equity owned companies, Mr. Ranelli has deep knowledge about the Company and extensive experience leading and managing all aspects of mid-sized to large consumer products companies.

Mary Beth Springer

Lead Director

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 has served as the Company’s lead independent director since October 2020. She served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Clorox Company, a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products from 2009 to 2011 and as Group Vice President – Strategy and Growth from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that position, Ms. Springer 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 to 2004. She joined Clorox in 1990 as an 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.

As a former senior executive of one of the country’s leading consumer products companies, Ms. Springer brings significant experience in general management, marketing, sales and branding and many other aspects of the operations of a public consumer products company.