Board of directors

Julien R. Mininberg, Chief Executive Officer


Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Mininberg had served as the CEO 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 CEO 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 30-year track record of building market-leading multinational brands and organizations, a strategic mindset, operational expertise, and seasoned leadership skills. As our CEO, Mr. Mininberg provides essential oversight of the business and organization, and a link between management and the Board. 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


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 forty 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


Mr. Abromovitz is Deputy Chairman of the Board and during his tenure has served as Chair of the Compensation, Nominating, Corporate Governance, and Audit Committees. He also 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


Ms. Berry most recently served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Everlane Inc., a digitally based retail start up. Prior to that Ms. Berry served as the Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President of Multi Channel of Kohl’s Corporation from 2012 to 2016. Prior to her tenure at Kohl’s, Ms. Berry served as the General Manager of North America Direct to Consumer at Nike, Inc from 2009 to 2011, and General Manager of North America Digital Commerce from 2007 - 2009. Ms. Berry also held various management positions and leadership roles at Target Corporations from 1987 to 2007. Ms. Berry serves as an Advisory Board Member of Amer Sports. She also serves as board director on the Lac Courte Orielles Foundation, Inc. Previously Ms. Berry served as an Independent Director for BazaarVoice from 2017-2019.

Ms. Berry brings retail and direct to consumer leadership experience in global brands and startups, with twenty years of digital experience as well as critical knowledge surrounding consumer insights, digital data, social media and product merchandising.

Vincent D. Carson, Director


In August 2018, Mr. Carson retired from his positions as the Company’s Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, which he held since May 2014. Prior to his appointment as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, he 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 the Company's Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Mr. Carson brings his unique knowledge of the Company and our industry to the Board of Directors. This prior experience, knowledge of the Company’s structure, vast experience in the consumer products industry and Federal, state, local and foreign jurisdictions’ bring great value and benefit to our Board of Directors and the Company.

Thurman K. Case, Director


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 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.

Tabata Gomez, Director


Ms. Gomez was appointed to the Board on May 3, 2022. Ms. Gomez is President, Hand Tools, Accessories & Storage Group, a $4 billion business unit within Stanley Black & Decker Inc.’s Tools & Storage division. She joined the company in 2017, earning progressively more senior roles during her tenure. She brings extensive experience in global marketing, brand building, general management, product innovation, operational leadership, and organizational development. Ms. Gomez also brings expertise in digital marketing and licensed product management. Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, she worked for Coty Inc USA, and for Procter & Gamble in the United States, Europe, and Latin America in Beauty, Appliances, and other consumer categories. Ms. Gomez grew up in Mexico and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She serves on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center Institute.

Elena Otero, Director


Ms. Otero was appointed to the Board on May 3, 2022 and has over 30 years of global consumer products industry experience, mainly in marketing, growth and strategy, ecommerce, and general management. She has led complex, multicultural and multifunctional organizations spanning more than 25 countries. Her experience covers a wide range of categories including Home Care, Pets, Beauty, and Personal Care. She brings extensive senior experience in marketing disciplines such as brand building, consumer insights, innovation, analytics, digital, and consumer engagement. She also has general management experience in several geographies, including the US, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Ms. Otero recently retired from The Clorox Company following a twenty-year career. Prior to Clorox, she worked for twelve years at Procter & Gamble in Latin America. She grew up in Venezuela and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, as well as an MBA from IESA in Venezuela.

Beryl B. Raff, Director


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. Ms. Raff serves on the Advisory Board of Jewelers Circular Keystone, a trade publication and industry authority. 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 benefits from Ms. Raff's extensive knowledge of the retail industry and her valuable insight on how the Company can best serve its retail partners. Ms. Raff's current and previous service on other boards also provides important perspectives on key corporate governance matters.

Darren G. Woody, Director


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.