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.
Ehsan Zargar was appointed our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary on October 1, 2018. Mr. Zargar is responsible for the Company’s legal, insurance, and real estate functions. From June 2011 until July 2018, Mr. Zargar held a number of increasingly senior positions with HRG Legacy, including serving as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2017 until July 2018, as its General Counsel since April 2015, and as Corporate Secretary since February 2012. From August 2017 until July 2018, Mr. Zargar served as a director of SPB Legacy. From November 2006 to June 2011, Mr. Zargar worked in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Previously, Mr. Zargar practiced law at another major law firm focusing on general corporate matters. Mr. Zargar received a law degree from Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Randal Lewis was appointed our Chief Operating Officer in October 2018 and Executive Vice President in September 2019. He has direct responsibility for all operating divisions. Mr. Lewis previously led our former Pet, Home & Garden Division since November 2014. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of our Home & Garden business since January 2011, where he led the restructuring of that business. From April 2005 to January 2011, Mr. Lewis served as our Home & Garden business’s Vice President, Manufacturing and Vice President, Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis held various leadership roles from October 1997 to April 2005 with the former owners of United Industries Corporation, which is now owned by the Company, and from January 1989 to October 1997 Mr. Lewis worked at Unilever. Mr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dave Albert was appointed President of the Home & Personal Care (HPC) Division of Spectrum Brands in February 2019. Mr. Albert joined Spectrum Brands with the Company’s acquisition of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) Division in December 2012. Among his leadership roles at Spectrum Brands during the past 8 years, he has served as Vice President & General Manager of both the Company’s Canada and Asia-Pacific regions.
Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, Mr. Albert held a number of broad, functional leaderships roles in marketing, business development, global sourcing, operations, and finance at Stanley Black & Decker, General Electric, and Zenith Electronics.
Mr. Albert earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Westmont College and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity in Orange County, California.
Phil Szuba was appointed President of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) Division of Spectrum Brands in November 2017. He previously was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of HHI since September 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Szuba served as Senior Vice President, Global Technology and Operations since January 2014. He joined HHI in May 2008 as Vice President, Engineering. During the merger of Stanley and Black & Decker, Mr. Szuba was the integration team leader for HHI and was responsible for the functional integration as well as the Stanley & National Hardware business integration into HHI.
Before joining HHI, Mr. Szuba was Director and General Manager of Avdel North America for Avdel Fastening Systems, a business unit of Acument Global Technologies, formerly Textron Fastening Systems. Prior to this, he worked for 12 years at Lamb Technicon, a systems integrator of metal cutting and welding equipment.
Mr. Szuba earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from Oakland University. He holds 13 U.S. and numerous foreign patents and is a registered professional engineer.
John Pailthorp was appointed President of the Global Pet Care (GPC) Division of Spectrum Brands in October 2019. He previously was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of GPC since December of 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Pailthorp was the Vice President of Global Marketing for the company’s former Pet, Home & Garden division since May of 2015.
Mr. Pailthorp began his career with Spectrum Brands in 2002 in Brand Management for lawn & garden products in the company’s Home & Garden division, and moved on to hold a number of Marketing leadership roles, eventually taking on the role of Division Vice President of Home & Garden Marketing in 2010.
Mr. Pailthorp earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.
Troy Duecker was appointed Senior Vice President of the Home & Garden (H&G) Division of Spectrum Brands in December 2018. He previously was the Vice President of Sales for the Pet and Home & Garden Division when they were operated as one Business Unit. Mr. Duecker joined Spectrum Brands in 1992, initially beginning his career as a Territory Sales Manager when the Home & Garden team first established their Field Sales Team. He has spent his entire professional career with Spectrum Brands in roles of increasing responsibility.
Mr. Duecker earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University.