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Board of Directors

Sherianne James
Sherianne James was appointed to our Board in October 2018. Ms. James has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Essilor of America since August 2017 and previously was Vice President, Consumer Marketing for the company since July 2016. From February 2011 to July 2016, she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and operations for Transitions Optical, a division of Essilor of America, culminating in her role as Vice President of Transitions Optical from April 2014 to July 2016. From July 2005 through December 2010, Ms. James was Senior Marketing Manager for Russell Hobbs/Applica. She previously held a number of key project manager, research manager and brand manager positions with Kraft Foods, Inc. and, later, Kraft/Nabisco Foods from June 1995 to June 2005. Ms. James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (“MBA”) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2002. Ms. James currently serves as a member of our Audit and NCG Committees.
Norman S. Matthews
Norman S. Matthews was appointed to our Board in July 2018. From June 2010 to July 2018, Mr. Matthews served as one of the directors of SPB Legacy. Prior to that time, he had served as a director of Spectrum Brands, Inc., one of our subsidiaries (“SBI”), since August 2009. 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. Korvette and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Broyhill Furniture Industries. Mr. Matthews is a Princeton University graduate, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Grocery Outlet Holding Corp., Party City Holdco, Inc. and The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., and previously has served as a director of Henry Schein, Inc., Sunoco, The Progressive Corporation, Toys “R” Us, Duff & Phelps Corporation, and Federated Department Stores. He is a trustee emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History. Mr. Matthews is the Chair of our NCG Committee and is a member of our Compensation Committee.
David M. Maura
David M. Maura was appointed our Executive Chairman and our Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. Previously, he had served as the Executive Chairman, effective as of January 2016, and as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of April 2018, of SPB Legacy. Prior to such appointment, Mr. Maura served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of SPB Legacy since July 2011 and served as interim Chairman and as one of the directors of SPB Legacy since June 2010. Mr. Maura was a Managing Director and the Executive Vice President of Investments at HRG Legacy from October 2011 until November 2016 and had been a member of HRG Legacy’s board of directors from May 2011 until December 2017. Mr. Maura previously served as a Vice President and Director of Investments of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC (“Harbinger Capital”) from 2006 until 2012. Prior to joining Harbinger Capital in 2006, Mr. Maura was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at First Albany Capital, Inc., 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. Previously, 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. Mr. Maura served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, from October 2017 to January 2020, when the company merged with Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (“Vivint”). Mr. Maura served as outside director on Vivint's board until March 2020 when he resigned from Vivint. He previously has served on the boards of directors of Ferrous Resources, Ltd., Russell Hobbs and Applica. Mr. Maura received a B.S. in Business Administration from Stetson University and is a CFA charterholder.
Gautam Patel
Mr. Gautam Patel, age 48, serves as Managing Director of Tarsadia Investments, a private investment firm based in Newport Beach, California, which he joined in 2012. In that role, Mr. Patel has led a team of investment professionals to identify, evaluate, and execute principal control equity investments across sectors including life sciences, financial services, and technology. Prior to joining Tarsadia in 2012, Mr. Patel served as Managing Director at Lazard, where he led financial and strategic advisory efforts in sectors including transportation and logistics, private equity, and healthcare. Mr. Patel joined Lazard as an associate in 1999, after graduating from business school. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Patel was an Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions as well as high-yield and equity financings. Mr. Patel is currently a Board Member of Amneal Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: AMRX) as well as several private companies including Kashiv Biosciences, Asana Biosciences, Prolong Pharmaceuticals, LERETA and AIONX Antimicrobial Technologies. Mr. Patel also serves on the board of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, a New York based non-profit organization which aims to empower children through arts based education. Mr. Patel received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Terry L. Polistina
Terry L. Polistina was appointed to our Board in July 2018. From June 2010 until July 2018, Mr. Polistina served as one of the directors of SPB Legacy. Since July 2018, Mr. Polistina has also served as the Lead Independent Director of the Board. Prior to that, he served as a director of SBI from August 2009 to June 2010. Mr. Polistina served as the President, Small Appliances of SPB Legacy beginning in June 2010 and became President – Global Appliances of SPB Legacy in October 2010 until September 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Polistina served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Russell Hobbs from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Polistina served as Chief Operating Officer at Applica from 2006 to 2007 and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2007, at which time Applica combined with Russell Hobbs. Mr. Polistina is a director of privately held Entic, Inc. Mr. Polistina received an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Florida and holds an MBA from the University of Miami. Mr. Polistina is the Chair of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, and serves as the Lead Independent Director of the Board.
Hugh R. Rovit
Hugh R. Rovit was appointed to our Board in July 2018. From June 2010 until July 2018, Mr. Rovit served as one of the directors of SPB Legacy. Prior to that time, he had served as a director of SBI from August 2009 to June 2010. Mr. Rovit is currently Chief Executive Officer of S’well, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of reusable stainless-steel bottles and accessories. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Ellery Homestyles, a leading supplier of branded and private label home fashion products to major retailers, offering curtains, bedding, throws and specialty products, from May 2013 until its sale in September 2018 to a strategic competitor. Previously, Mr. Rovit served as Chief Executive Officer of Sure Fit Inc., a marketer and distributor of home furnishing products from 2006 through 2012 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 is also a director of PlayPower, Inc., Laces Group, Inc. and Xpress Retail and previously has served as a director of Nellson Nutraceuticals, Inc., Kid Brands Inc., Atkins Nutritional, Inc., Oneida, Ltd., Cosmetic Essence, Inc. and Twin Star International. Mr. Rovit received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Rovit is a member of our Audit Committee.
Anne Ward
Ms. Anne Ward, age 48, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of private company CURiO Brands, a consumer goods company that manufactures and sells personal care and home fragrance products. Prior to joining CURiO Brands, Ms. Ward served as the CEO of The Thymes, LLC from April 2012 until January 2016 when it merged with DPM Fragrance to become CURiO Brands. In July 2008, Ms. Ward co-founded The FORWARD Group, a consulting firm focused on growth strategies for mid-sized companies and key executives, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until April 2012. From October 2007 until July 2010, Ms. Ward was employed by the Johnson Publishing Company, where she served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of its Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair Cosmetics business units. Prior to her role at the Johnson Publishing Company, Ms. Ward served as an Assistant Vice President for The Coca-Cola Company from September 2006 until September 2007 and held various positions with Procter & Gamble between May 1994 and August 2006, most recently as Associate Marketing Director, Beauty. Ms. Ward currently serves as a Board Member of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA). She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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