Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) (NASDAQ:CENTA) announced today the nomination of M. Beth Springer for election to the Company’s Board of Directors at Central's Annual Meeting of Stockholders on February 11, 2013. Ms. Springer is a former executive of The Clorox Company, where she spent 21 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager from January 2009 to April 2011.
“Beth is a seasoned and accomplished consumer executive with extensive experience in setting long-term corporate strategy, general management, brand-building and marketing, making her a terrific addition to Central’s Board,” said Bill Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Central. “Beth’s insight and expertise will be enormously valuable to Central as we continue to transition to an integrated branded consumer products company.”
Ms. Springer held a number of executive positions during her tenure at Clorox. Under her leadership as Executive Vice President and General Manager of International & Natural Personal Care, the businesses she headed were among the fastest growing at Clorox. Beth helped drive significant improvements in cost structures and processes.
Previously, Ms. Springer served as Clorox’s Group Vice President, Strategy and Growth from 2007 to 2009, a newly-created role in which she oversaw strategy and business development. 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 Products Business Unit from 2002 through 2004. Ms. Springer joined Clorox in 1990 as an associate marketing manager for household products and subsequently held marketing positions of increasing responsibility.Ms. Springer is a Trustee and Co-Chair of the Development Committee of Bryn Mawr College, and previously served as a member of the boards of Catalyst Western Region, Business for Diplomatic Action and CuriOdyssey Museum for Environmental Education. Ms. Springer holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.