William E. Brown, CHAIRMAN

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

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 and again from October 2007 to February 2013, when the Board reappointed Mr. Brown to the additional post of Chief Executive Officer.

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

Timothy Cofer, DIRECTOR

CEO of Central Garden & Pet Company; Former veteran of Mondelēz International most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer
Director Since: 2019

Mr. Cofer worked for over 10 years at Mondelēz International, where he held a variety of executive positions, most recently serving from 2016 to 2019 as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. Previously, he successfully led two of Mondelēz’s largest and highest growth regions – its Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa region and its European region. Prior to 2009, he held leadership roles in key Kraft Foods U.S. businesses as President, Oscar Mayer Foods and President, Kraft Pizza Company as well as various marketing, strategy and sales roles.

As a former senior executive of a large consumer products company, Mr. Cofer brings over 30 years of business leadership experience across general management, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, R&D and innovation in the consumer products industry. With a proven track record of success in driving commercial operating excellence in both revenue growth and margin expansion, inspiring high performing teams to embrace a winning growth culture and leading significant M&A initiatives.

Thomas J. Colligan, DIRECTOR

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Former Vice Chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
Director Since: 2015
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Audit Committee & Investment Committee

Mr. Colligan served in executive roles for 37 years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), including as the firm’s Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2004. After retiring from PwC in 2004, he 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 serves on the Board of Valiant Integrated Services, a private logistics and services provider. He previously served on the boards of The ADT Corporation, CNH Global, Office Depot, Inc., Schering Plough Corporation, Educational Management Corporation, The Targus Corporation and Anesiva, Inc. Mr. Colligan is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

As a former senior executive of one of the Big Four audit firms, Mr Colligan has a strong financial background and significant experience with complex, global transactions.

Brendan Dougher, DIRECTOR

Former Managing Partner and PwC Board Member
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 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, DIRECTOR

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

Mr. Edwards served as President & CEO of Hanna Andersson (a leading digital-first apparel and lifestyle brand) from 2019 to 2020. He was 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, 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 serves as a director of Flexsteel Industries, Inc. and Drexel University.

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.

Michael Griffith, DIRECTOR

Former President, Global Beverages of Proctor & Gamble
Director Since: 2019
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Compensation Committee

Mr. Griffith has more than 35 years of experience in the consumer products industry. For the first 24 years of his career, he worked for Procter & Gamble 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. Subsequent to his Procter & Gamble experience, Mr. Griffith led Activision Publishing as its President & CEO, until it merged with Blizzard Entertainment. 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 July 2016 to March 2018. 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, 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. He is currently the CEO for Vista Outdoor Inc., a publicly held leading global designer, manufacturer, and marketer in the outdoor sports and recreation industry. Prior to Vista, Mr. Metz served as President and CEO of Arctic Cat, a manufacturer of outdoor recreational vehicles. Prior to that position, he was a managing director of a private equity firm and previous to that position, 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.

Brooks M. Pennington III, DIRECTOR

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

Former Chairman of the Board from March 2018 to September 2019. Mr. Pennington 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, DIRECTOR

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Former President and CEO
Director Since: 2010
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Investment 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 also 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 and is a member of the Trilantic Capital Partners Advisory Board. He previously served on the Boards of Party City Holdings, Inc., GNC Corporation and Deckers Outdoor Corporation. 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 Amscan Holdings, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, GNC Corporation from 2006 to 2007 and Deckers Outdoor Corporation from 1994 to 1996.

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, DIRECTOR

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Former Executive Vice President and Officer - The Clorox Company
Director Since: 2013
Central Garden & Pet Company Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Target Setting Committee & 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 lead 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.