Board of directors

Julien R. Mininberg, Chief Executive Officer

Julien R. Mininberg, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since March 2014. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Mininberg had served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kaz Inc. (“Kaz”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company since December 2010. Kaz comprises the Health & Home segment of the Company, which is the Company’s largest and most global business segment. Mr. Mininberg joined Kaz in 2006 serving as Chief Marketing Officer and was appointed President in September 2007, where he served until he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kaz in September 2010. Before joining Kaz, Mr. Mininberg worked 15 years at The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”), where he spent an equal amount of time in the United States and Latin America serving in a variety of marketing and general management capacities. In the U.S., he worked in brand management, serving as Brand Manager in P&G’s Health Care division. He was promoted to Marketing Director in 1997 and transferred to Latin America, where he served in the Fabric & Home Care division before being promoted to Country Manager for P&G’s Home Care business in Latin America. In 2003, he became Country Manager for Central America overseeing all P&G business in that region. Mr. Mininberg earned his Bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Business Administration from Yale University. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Yale School of Management and serves as Past President of its global Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Mr. Mininberg brings a 28-year track record of building market-leading multinational brands and organizations, a strategic mindset, operational expertise, and seasoned leadership skills. As our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mininberg provides essential oversight of the business and organization, and a link between management and the Board. Mr. Mininberg has extensive experience in global brand building, general management and leading multi-national organizations. He plays a key role in communication with shareholders and leading the Company’s acquisition activities. Additionally, he provides crucial insight to the Board on the Company’s strategic planning and operations.

Timothy F. Meeker, Chairman

Timothy F. Meeker, has been a Director of the Company since 2004. In January 2014, Mr. Meeker was appointed as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Meeker is also Chairman of the Nominating Committee and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. Since 2002, Mr. Meeker has served as President and principal in Meeker and Associates, a privately-held management consulting firm. Mr. Meeker served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Customer Development for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a consumer products and pharmaceutical company, from 1996 through 2002. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Meeker served as Vice President of Sales for Bristol-Myers’ Clairol Division. Mr. Meeker has over thirty-nine years of experience in the consumer products industry resulting in extensive general management experience with responsibilities for sales, distribution, finance, human resources, customer service and facilities. In addition, he has a valued perspective on operational matters that is an asset to the Board of Directors. Mr. Meeker has served as a chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores advisory committee, which allows him to bring an extensive understanding of retail mass market sales and marketing to our Board of Directors.

Gary B. Abromovitz, Deputy Chairman

Gary B. Abromovitz, has been a Director of the Company since 1990. He is Deputy Chairman of the Board and during his tenure has served as Chair of the Compensation, Nominating, Governance, and Audit Committees. He currently serves as a member of each of those Committees and chairs the executive sessions of the independent Directors. Mr. Abromovitz is a retired attorney and has acted as a consultant to several law firms in business related matters. He also has been active for more than thirty years in various real estate development and acquisition transactions. Mr. Abromovitz provides the Board with a significant leadership role as Deputy Chairman and an in-depth knowledge of the history and operations of the Company providing the Board with a unique historical perspective and focus on long-term interests of the Company. He has strong regulatory knowledge with a deep understanding of corporate governance and compensation guidelines, as well as experience managing board affairs. Further, Mr. Abromovitz’s background and skill sets as an attorney and his practical business experience provides a necessary and valuable complement to the skills of other board members.

Krista L. Berry, Director

Krista Berry, was elected to our Board of Directors in March 2017. Ms. Berry most recently served as the Chief Digital Officer for the Kohl’s Corporation, an operator of over 1,160 department stores across the U.S. and a direct to consumer ecommerce business selling exclusive and national brand apparel, footwear, beauty, and home products from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Berry also served in the role of Executive Vice President of Multi-Channel Commerce from 2012 to 2014. Prior to her tenure at Kohl’s, Ms. Berry served as the General Manager of North American Direct to Consumer at Nike, Inc. from 2009 to 2011, and as the General Manager of North American Digital Commerce from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Berry also held various management and leadership roles at Target Corporation from 1987 to 2007. Ms. Berry brings valuable experience in developing omni-channel strategy and execution, direct to consumer ecommerce platforms and digital marketing plans. She also brings a wealth of consumer insight from her experience at world-class retailers and direct-to-consumer businesses.

Vincent D. Carson, Director

Vincent D. Carson , was elected to our Board of Directors in August 2018. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Carson served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Company, a position he held since May 2014. Prior to his appointment as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, he had served in the capacity of Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from November 2001 to September 2010. From September 2010 to April 30, 2014, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Carson had a 16-year legal career in private practice in El Paso, Texas. As a result of his service as our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Mr. Carson brings his unique knowledge of our Company and our industry to the Board of Directors. This prior experience, knowledge of the Company's structure, and vast experience in the consumer products industry and Federal, state and other jurisdictions' laws applicable to the Company bring great value and benefit to our Board of Directors and the Company

Thurman K. Case, Director

Thurman K. Case, was elected to our Board of Directors in January 2017 and serves as a member of the Audit Committee. He was appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee in March 2017. Mr. Case has been the Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus Logic, Inc., a leader in high performance, low-power integrated circuits for audio and voice signal processing applications since 2007. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Mr. Case served in various positions at Cirrus Logic, including as Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Planning and Analysis from 2004 to 2007, Vice President, Finance from 2002 to 2004, and as Director of Finance from 2000 to 2002. Before his tenure at Cirrus Logic, Mr. Case served in a variety of financial leadership positions, including at Case Associates, Inc. and Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Case received a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Masters of Business Administration from New Mexico State University.

Mr. Case brings broad experience in business strategy, operations, accounting, information technology, auditing and SEC reporting matters. In addition, his experience as a public company executive contributes to his knowledge of corporate governance and public company matters.

Beryl B. Raff, Director

Beryl B. Raff, was elected to our Board of Directors in August 2014 and serves as a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Raff also served as a member of the Compensation Committee from August 2014 through March 2017. Since April 2009, Ms. Raff has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Helzberg Diamond Shops Inc., a jewelry retailer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. From 2005 through April 2009, she served as Executive Vice President-General Merchandise Manager for the fine jewelry division of J.C. Penney Company, Inc., a retailer of apparel and home furnishings. From 2001 through 2005, Ms. Raff served as Senior Vice President-General Merchandise Manager for the fine jewelry division of J.C. Penney. Prior to joining J.C. Penney, Beryl served in various leadership roles of Zale Corporation, a national retail jewelry chain, last serving as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Raff served on the Board of Directors of Group 1 Automotive, Inc., an automotive retail operator, as a member of its Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Governance/Nomination Committee from 2007 to 2015. Since September 2014, Ms. Raff has served on the Board of Directors of The Michaels Stores, Inc., a national retail chain of arts and crafts specialty stores, and is a member of its Compensation Committee. In 2015, Ms. Raff also joined the board of Larry H. Miller Group, an auto dealership, sports and entertainment company, where she serves on the Compensation and Nomination & Governance committees. Ms. Raff serves on the Advisory Board of Jewelers Circular Keystone, a trade publication and industry authority, the Board of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a non-profit organization focused on legal and regulatory issues facing the jewelry industry, and the Board of the American Gemological Society, a jewelry industry organization whose mission is consumer protection and integrity in the jewelry industry. Ms. Raff has previously served as a Director of the NACD Heartland Chapter, a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in board leadership. From 2001 through February 2011, Ms. Raff served on the Board of Directors, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee (which she chaired from 2008 to 2011) of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., a national specialty retailer of craft, sewing and decorating products. Ms. Raff graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and from Drexel University with a Masters of Business Administration.

Ms. Raff is well known throughout the retail industry and brings to the Board of Directors her experience and perspective as an outstanding merchant and multi-store retail executive. The Board expects to benefit from Ms. Raff’s extensive knowledge of the retail industry and her valuable insight on how we can best serve our retail partners. Ms. Raff’s current and previous service on other boards also provides important perspectives on key corporate governance matters.

William F. Susetka, Director

William F. Susetka, has been a Director of the Company since 2009. In August 2014, Mr. Susetka was appointed as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as a member of the Nominating Committee. Mr. Susetka spent thirty years in marketing and senior management for Clairol, Inc. and Avon Products, Inc. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Susetka was President of the Clairol U.S. Retail Division, with additional responsibility for worldwide research and development and manufacturing. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Susetka was President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. where he led worldwide marketing, advertising and research and development and served on Avon’s Executive Committee. Prior to 1999, he held positions as President of the Clairol International Division and Vice President/General Manager for the Clairol Professional Products Division. He served as a Board Member of the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association from 1999 to 2005 and as a member of the Avon Foundation Board from 2004 to 2005. From October 2005 to January 2006, Mr. Susetka was Chief Operating Officer of Nice Pak Products, Inc., a manufacturer of private labeled pre-moistened wipes and other antiseptic wipes. From 2007 through May 2009, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). In September 2015, Mr. Susetka completed a six-year term on the LPGA Board of Directors.

Mr. Susetka provides a wealth of global consumer products industry knowledge and leadership experience to the Board of Directors. Mr. Susetka is also instrumental in helping to monitor and adjust the strategic direction of the Company’s consumer product categories and provides valuable insight to senior management.

Darren G. Woody, Director

Darren G. Woody, has been a Director of the Company since 2004. Mr. Woody chairs the Corporate Governance Committee and also serves as a member of the Compensation, Audit and Nominating Committees. Mr. Woody is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jordan Foster Construction, LLC, a construction firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas and field operations throughout the United States. The firm specializes in military, commercial, multi-family, and highway construction. He has served in this capacity since August of 2000. Previously, Mr. Woody was a partner in the law firm of Krafsur, Gordon, Mott, Davis and Woody P.C., where he specialized in real estate, business acquisitions and complex financing arrangements.

Mr. Woody brings a multi-disciplined perspective to our Board of Directors given his executive leadership and legal experience. This background enables him to provide oversight with regard to many of the Company’s legal matters, significant transactional negotiations and the management of challenging complex projects.