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|Kenneth C. Ambrecht|
With extensive corporate finance experience including over 30 years in the U.S. capital markets and 25 years with Lehman Brothers, in December 2005, Mr. Ambrecht organized KCA Associates LLC, through which he serves as a consultant to several companies, advising them with respect to financings and financial transactions. From July 2004 to December 2005, he served as a Managing Director with the investment banking firm First Albany Capital. For more than five years prior to that, Mr. Ambrecht was a Managing Director with Royal Bank Canada Capital Markets. Prior to that post, Mr. Ambrecht worked with the investment bank Lehman Brothers as Managing Director with its capital market division. Mr. Ambrecht is also a member of the Boards of Directors of American Financial Group, Inc., Fortescue Metals Group Limited, and Dominion Petroleum Ltd. Mr. Ambrecht holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from CW Post College.
Omar Asali is currently the Vice Chairman of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., the President and a Director of Harbinger Group Inc. (“HGI”), and a Director of Zap.Com Corporation. Prior to becoming President of HGI, Mr. Asali was a Managing Director and Head of Global Strategy of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC. Prior to joining Harbinger Capital in 2009, Mr. Asali was the co-head of Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies (“Goldman Sachs HFS”) where he helped manage approximately $25 billion of capital allocated to external managers. Mr. Asali also served as co-chair of the Investment Committee at Goldman Sachs HFS. Before joining Goldman Sachs HFS in 2003, Mr. Asali worked in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, providing M&A and strategic advisory services to clients in the High Technology Group. Mr. Asali previously worked at Capital Guidance, a boutique private equity firm. Mr. Asali began his career working for a public accounting firm. Mr. Asali received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech.
|Eugene I. Davis|
Mr. Davis has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirinate Consulting Group LLC, a privately-held consulting firm, since 1999. Pirinate specializes in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting and strategic planning advisory services for public and private business entities. Mr. Davis was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RBX Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of rubber and plastic-based foam products, from September 2001 to November 2003, and served as the Restructuring Officer for RBX Industries, Inc. from January to September 2001. Mr. Davis has served on the CFN Liquidating Trust Committee for the former Contifinancial Corporation and its affiliates since April 2001. Mr. Davis currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., and as a director for Knology, Inc., McLeodUSA Inc., American Commercial Lines, Inc., Silicon Graphics, Inc., and PRG-Schultz International, Inc. Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Columbia University, Columbia College, a Masters in International Affairs, International Law and Organization from Columbia University's School of International Affairs and Juris Doctor from the Columbia University's School of Law.
Mr. Lumley was named chief executive officer in April of 2010. Mr. Lumley joined Spectrum Brands in January of 2006 as president, North America. In February 2007, Mr. Lumley was promoted to president, General Batteries and Personal Care. In October 2008, Dave added president, United Industries to his responsibilities. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Lumley was president, Rubbermaid Home Products North America at Newell Rubbermaid between 2004 and 2006. From 1999 to 2003 he served as president and chief executive officer of EAS, a leading sports nutrition/health food provider. Between 1997 and 1999 he was president of Brunswick Bicycles, a division of Brunswick Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lumley was president of OMC International, a division of Outboard Marine Corporation and held positions as a sales and marketing executive at a variety of companies, including Wilson Sporting Goods. Mr. Lumley has served on numerous Boards of Directors either as an advisor or member including Newell-Rubbermaid, Brunswick Corporation, Outboard Marine Corporation, and recently, at Botanic Oils. Mr. Lumley holds an undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University, and masters of journalism and masters in business administration degrees from Northwestern University.
|Norman S. Matthews|
Mr. Matthews has over three decades of experience as a business leader in marketing and merchandising, and is currently an independent business consultant. As former President of Federated Department Stores, he led the operations of one of the nation's leading department store retailers with over 850 department stores, including those under the names of Bloomingdales, Burdines, Foley’s, Lazarus and Rich’s, as well as various specialty store chains, discount chains and Ralph’s Grocery. In addition to his senior management roles at Federated Department Stores, Mr. Matthews also served as Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at E.J. Korvetter and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Broyhill Furniture Industries. Mr. Matthews is a Princeton University graduate, and earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He also currently serves on the Boards of Directors at The Progressive Corporation, Oneida Ltd., Henry Schein, Inc., The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., is a director emeritus of Sunoco, Toys 'R' Us, and Federated Department Stores, and is a trustee emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History.
|David M. Maura|
David M. Maura is currently the Chairman of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., and a Managing Director and Executive Vice President and a Director of Harbinger Group Inc. (“HGI”). From June 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Maura was the interim Chairman of the Board of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. Prior to becoming Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Investments at HGI, Mr. Maura was a Vice President and Director of Investments of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC. Prior to joining Harbinger Capital in 2006, Mr. Maura was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at First Albany Capital, where he focused on distressed debt and special situations, primarily in the consumer products and retail sectors. Prior to First Albany, Mr. Maura was a Director and Senior High Yield Research Analyst in Global High Yield Research at Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Maura was a Vice President and Senior Analyst in the High Yield Group at Wachovia Securities, where he covered various consumer product, service and retail companies. Mr. Maura began his career at ZPR Investment Management as a Financial Analyst. During the past five years, Mr. Maura has served on the board of directors of Russell Hobbs (formerly Salton, Inc.) and Applica Incorporated. Mr. Maura received a B.S. in Business Administration from Stetson University and is a CFA charterholder.
|Terry L. Polistina|
Mr. Polistina was appointed to the Spectrum Board in August 2009 and was named President of Spectrum Brands’ Small Appliances Division, upon the closing of the Company’s merger with Russell Hobbs, Inc. in June 2010. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, Mr. Polistina was CEO of Russell Hobbs. Russell Hobbs and its subsidiaries, which now make up Spectrum’s Small Appliances Division, are leading marketers and distributors of a broad range of branded small kitchen and home appliances, pet products and personal care products. This division has a broad portfolio of well recognized brand names, including Black & Decker®, George Foreman®, Toastmaster®, LitterMaid® and Farberware®. Prior to joining Russell Hobbs, Mr. Polistina served as Chief Operating Officer at Applica Incorporated in 2006-2007 and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Polistina also served as a Senior Vice President of Applica since June 1998. Mr. Polistina received an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami.
|Hugh R. Rovit|
Mr. Rovit is presently Chief Executive Officer of Sure-Fit, Inc., a marketer and distributor of home furnishing products, and was a Principal at turnaround management firm Masson & Company from 2001 through 2005. Previously, Mr. Rovit held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Best Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of institutional service apparel and textiles, from 1998 through 2001 and Chief Financial Officer of Royce Hosiery Mills, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of men's and women's hosiery, from 1991 through 1998. Mr. Rovit served as Chairman of the Board of Atkins Nutritionals Inc. after its emergence from bankruptcy in January 2006 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Nellson Nutraceutical Inc., Cosmetics Essence, Inc. and Oneida, Ltd. Mr. Rovit received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in government from Dartmouth College and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.