Central Garden & Pet Announces Executive Appointments

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) (NASDAQ:CENTA), a leading
innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the
lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today announced the
appointment of two senior executives, effective October 10, 2016, that
will help drive the Company’s growth initiatives in the years ahead.

William Lynch 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 will report to President and CEO George Roeth. Lynch
holds an MBA from Georgia State and a BS from Georgia Tech in Mechanical
Engineering.

Rodolfo Spielmann, currently a consultant to the Company, has been named
President of Pet Consumer Products. Spielmann has 23 years of broad
consumer packaged goods experience in a variety of leadership and
marketing roles in the U.S. and internationally, most recently with
Mars, Inc. as the Global President of Nutro and North American Pet
Specialty. Prior to his role at Mars, Spielmann worked for a number of
consumer products companies, including Del Monte Foods, H.J. Heinz, and
Procter & Gamble. Spielmann holds a Masters and Bachelor degree in
Engineering Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and
will also report to President and CEO George Roeth.

Roeth commented, “I am pleased to add the caliber of talent that Bill
and Rodolfo bring to Central. Along with our existing strong business
unit leaders and dedicated and passionate workforce, these two leaders
will help spearhead initiatives to drive top-line growth and focus on
continuous cost improvement, both with the goal of driving sustainable
profit growth in the years ahead.”

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and
producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet
supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are
sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating
categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands
PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®;
weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and
OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON®
brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific
garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include:
Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile
and the brands AQUEON®, CORALIFE® and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and
the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the
brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, IMS™, CADET®, PINNACLE® and
AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, HORSE HEALTH™ and
VITAFLEX®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet
brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut
Creek, California, and has approximately 3,700 employees, primarily in
North America. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet
Company, including access to the Company’s SEC filings, please visit the
Company’s website at www.central.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not
historical facts, including expectations for future growth, are
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set
forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. All forward-looking
statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and various
assumptions. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could
cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking
statements contained in this release including, but not limited to, the
following factors:

  • seasonality and fluctuations in the Company’s operating results and
    cash flow;
  • fluctuations in market prices for seeds and grains and other raw
    materials and the Company’s ability to pass through cost increases in
    a timely manner;
  • adverse weather conditions;
  • the impending retirement of our CEO, the transition to his successor,
    our dependence upon our key executives, and the ability to execute on
    our succession plan;
  • dependence on a small number of customers for a significant portion of
    our business;
  • uncertainty about new product innovations and marketing programs; and
  • competition in our industries

These risks and others are described in the Company’s Securities and
Exchange Commission filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new
information, subsequent events or otherwise.

Contacts

Central Garden & Pet Company
Steve Zenker, 925-948-3657
Vice
President, Investor Relations & Communications