Central Garden & Pet 2020 Investor Day

December 3, 2020 01:00 PM ET


  • Tim Cofer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Central Garden & Pet and is responsible for leading the broad, $2.5 billion portfolio of 65+ garden and pet brands with a team of over 6,000 employees across the United States, Europe and China. With over 30 years of experience in the Consumer-Packaged Goods industry, Tim is committed to leading businesses that drive sustainable, profitable growth and create consistent shareholder value. Prior to joining Central in mid-2019, Tim served in key leadership positions and held general management roles, including Chief Growth Officer of Mondelēz International, President of Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Mondelez International, President of Kraft Foods Europe, President of Kraft Pizza Company and President of Oscar Mayer Foods.
    Tim earned a BA in Economics and Political Science from St. Olaf College and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota.

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  • John Hanson
  • President of Pet Consumer Products
  • John Hanson joined Central Garden & Pet as President of Pet Consumer Products in August of 2019 after serving as a Board member since 2018. John has a wealth of experience in consumer products and has previously held several leadership roles in sales, marketing, and general management, most notably at ConAgra. John spent almost 17 years with the company and was the President of its Frozen Foods Division for 4 years. In that role, John grew the business from approximately $1.7 to over $2.5 billion in sales, growing both organically and through acquisition. After leaving ConAgra, John focused on strategic and operational consulting, including M&A, in the consumer products industry.
    John earned his BA in Management & Marketing and his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School.

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  • J.D. Walker
  • President of Garden Branded Business
  • J.D. joined Central Garden & Pet in January of 2011 and has responsibility for Central's branded garden business including: sales, marketing operations, the Controls, Grass Seed, Décor and Vendor Partner business units, as well as the Retail Sales and Service Team (RSST) and Garden Distribution. In total, J.D. has over thirty-six years of experience in consumer packaged goods and more than eighteen years in the lawn and garden industry, holding increasingly senior positions with Spectrum Brands, Gillette, and Duracell.
    J.D. holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Louisville, and is a graduate of The General Manager Program (TGMP) of Harvard University.

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  • Clare Schueren
  • Vice President, Sustainability
  • Clare joined Central Garden & Pet in April 2011 as Brand Manager for Pennington Seed. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014, leading the annual cycle of marketplace trending and consumer research. She assumed the position of Senior Director of Marketing for our Garden Décor business in 2015. In 2020, after she guided Central through the divestiture of the Garden Décor business, she was promoted to Vice President, Sustainability to develop and implement Central’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform. Prior to joining Central, Clare was a General Manager at Newell Rubbermaid. Before Newell, she was with Heinz Frozen Food, Sebastian Hair Care and Hasbro.
    Clare has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, Management and Communications from the Miami University, a GRI Reporting Certificate from Boston College and passed the SASB Level I Exam.

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  • Marilyn Leahy
  • Senior Vice President of Human Resources
  • Marilyn joined Central Human Resources in October, 2011 as the Vice President of Human Resources/Business Partner for Supply Chain & Finance, Accounting and IT. Marilyn was promoted to the Vice President of HR in September of 2013 and the Senior Vice President of HR in October 2016. Prior to joining Central, Marilyn was the Head of Global Change Management for The Roche Group and was a Sr. Director of Human Resources for Roche Diagnostics for over seven years. Before Roche, Marilyn held various roles of increasing responsibility at The Clorox Company over a 13-year period.
    Marilyn is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan’s Advanced HR Executive Program.

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  • Nicholas “Niko” Lahanas
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Niko Lahanas joined Central Garden & Pet in 2006 and has held a variety of finance positions within the company. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President of Finance, Operations Management & Reporting and Chief Financial Officer of Central’s Pet Segment. Formerly he held positions as Vice President 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.
    Niko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University.

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If you have any questions about the event, please contact Central Garden & Pet Investor Relations at fedelmann@central.com.