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Newell Brands Inc (NWL.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Cowhig

70 2010 Non-executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Mark Tarchetti

41 2016 President

Michael Polk

56 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Ralph Nicoletti

59 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

William Burke

56 2017 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Fiona Laird

55 2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

Richard Davies

54 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Bradford Turner

44 2016 Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary

Ian Ashken

56 2016 Director

Martin Franklin

52 2016 Director

Ros L'Esperance

55 2016 Director

Thomas Clarke

65 2003 Independent Director

Kevin Conroy

56 2011 Independent Director

Scott Cowen

71 1999 Independent Director

Domenico De Sole

73 2007 Independent Director

Steven Strobel

59 2006 Independent Director

Michael Todman

59 2007 Independent Director

Raymond Viault

72 2002 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Cowhig

Mr. Michael T. Cowhig is the Non-executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Newell Brands Inc., since February 2010. He retired in 2006 as President, Global Technical and Manufacturing of The Procter & Gamble Company—Gillette Global Business Unit (“P&G”), a post he held beginning in 2005. Prior to his position with P&G, he held the position of President, Global Technical and Manufacturing of The Gillette Company from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Cowhig joined Gillette in 1968, and thereafter served in a variety of roles, including Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Technical Operations—Stationery Products from 1996 to 1997, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Technical Operations—Grooming from 1997 to 2000, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Business Development from 2000 to 2002, and Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Technical Operations from 2002 to 2004.

Mark Tarchetti

Mr. Mark S. Tarchetti is the President of the Company. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Vice President from January 2016 to March 2016; and Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer from January 2013 to December 2015. From September 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Tarchetti was the Director of Tarchetti & Co. Ltd., a consulting firm he founded where he advised clients, including the Company, on business strategy and change management. From 1997 to 2011, he served in a variety of senior strategic, business and finance roles at Unilever, including as Head of Corporate Strategy from 2009 to 2011, Vice President of Corporate Strategy in 2008, Finance Director of the UK Home & Personal Care business from 2007 to 2008, and Global Head of Financial Planning & Analysis from 2004 to 2007.

Michael Polk

Mr. Michael B. Polk is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Mr. Polk has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 2016 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2011 to April 2016. He joined the Company’s Board of Directors in November 2009. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Polk was President, Global Foods, Home & Personal Care, Unilever (a consumer packaged goods manufacturer and marketer) since 2010. He joined Unilever in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer, Unilever Foods USA and subsequently became President, Unilever USA in 2005. From 2007 to 2010, he served as President, Unilever Americas. Prior to joining Unilever, he spent 16 years at Kraft Foods Inc. and three years at The Procter & Gamble Company. At Kraft Foods, he was President, Kraft Foods Asia Pacific; President, Biscuits and Snacks Sector; and was a member of the Kraft Foods Management Committee. Mr. Polk also serves as a director of Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Ralph Nicoletti

Mr. Ralph J. Nicoletti serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tiffany & Company from April 2014 to May 2016. From June 2011 to March 2014, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Cigna Corporation. From February 2007 to May 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alberto Culver. Prior to that time, he held various senior finance positions at Kraft Foods, including Senior Vice President of Finance of Kraft Foods North America.

William Burke

Mr. William A. Burke, III serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He served as President, Jarden Group from April 2016 to January 2017. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Vice President from January 2016 to March 2016; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from October 2012 to December 2015; President, Newell Professional from January 2012 to September 2012; President, Tools, Hardware & Commercial Products from January 2009 through December 2011; and, President, Tools and Hardware from December 2007 to January 2009. Prior to these roles, he was President, North American Tools from 2004 through 2006. He served as President of the Company’s Lenox division from 2003 through 2004. From 1982 through 2002, he served in a variety of positions with The Black & Decker Corporation (a manufacturer and marketer of power tools and accessories), culminating as Vice President and General Manager of Product Service.

Fiona Laird

Ms. Fiona C. Laird is the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer of the Company. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Global Categories, Marketing, Communications, and R&D at Unilever from July 2011 to May 2016. From June 2005 to July 2011, she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications for Unilever’s North and Latin American geographies. Prior to that, she served in numerous HR, communications, and legal roles at Unilever.

Richard Davies

Mr. Richard B. Davies is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Company. He served as Chief Marketing Officer from December 2012 through December 2015. Prior to these roles, from 1982 to 2012, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Unilever, most recently serving as its Global Senior Vice President - Consumer and Market Insights from 2008 to 2012.

Bradford Turner

Mr. Bradford R. Turner is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from March 2015 to March 2016. Mr. Turner joined the Company in 2004 and has served in various legal roles including Vice President and Deputy General Counsel from October 2011 to March 2015, and Group Vice President & General Counsel - Office Products from June 2007 to October 2011.

Ian Ashken

Mr. Ian G. H. Ashken serves as Director of the Company. He is the Co-Founder of Jarden Corporation and served as its Vice Chairman and President from 2014 to 2016 when Jarden Corporation was acquired by the Company. Mr. Ashken became Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Jarden in 2001 and served as Secretary of Jarden until 2007 and Chief Financial Officer until 2014. Mr. Ashken served as the Vice Chairman and/or Chief Financial Officer of three public companies, Benson Eyecare Corporation, Lumen Technologies, Inc. and Bollé Inc. between 1992 and 2000. Mr. Ashken also serves as a director of Platform Specialty Products Corporation and Nomad Foods Ltd. During the last five years, Mr. Ashken previously served as a director of Jarden Corporation, GLG Partners, Inc. and Phoenix Group Holdings.

Martin Franklin

Mr. Martin E. Franklin serves as Director of the Company. He is the Founder of Jarden Corporation and served as its Executive Chairman from 2011 until 2016 when Jarden Corporation was acquired by the Company. Mr. Franklin became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jarden in 2001, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2011, at which time he began service as Executive Chairman. Mr. Franklin served as the Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of three public companies, Benson Eyecare Corporation, Lumen Technologies, Inc. and Bollé Inc. between 1992 and 2000. Mr. Franklin currently serves as a director of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (successor to Burger King Worldwide, Inc.), Chairman of Platform Specialty Products Corporation and Co-Chairman of Nomad Foods Limited. During the last five years, Mr. Franklin also previously served as a director of the following public companies: Jarden Corporation, Liberty Acquisition Holdings (International) Company, Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., Justice Holdings Limited and Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (successor to Liberty Acquisition Holdings Corp.).

Ros L'Esperance

Ms. Ros L'Esperance serves as Director of the Company. She has been Group Managing Director, Head of Americas Investment Banking and Chairman of Global Investment Banking for UBS AG since 2014. From 2013 to 2014, Ms. L’Esperance was Chairman of the Global Investment Banking Division at Barclays Capital Inc. and served as a member of several Operating and Executive Committees within Barclays. Prior to being named Chairman, Ms. L’Esperance was jointly responsible for Corporate Finance and M&A at Barclays from 2008 to 2013. She joined Barclays in 2008 from Lehman Brothers where she was co-head of Global Corporate Finance. During her tenure at Lehman Brothers, she was also a founder and leader of the Financial Sponsors Group from 1997 through 2007 and previously was a Managing Director in the Media and Communications Group. She began her career as an Associate at Lehman Brothers in 1987. Ms. L’Esperance is an active promoter of diversity in the workplace and is also a board member of the Boys Club of New York. She is a former director of Jarden Corporation.

Thomas Clarke

Dr. Thomas E. Clarke, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been President, Nike Innovation of Nike, Inc. since 2013. Dr. Clarke joined Nike, Inc. in 1980. He was appointed divisional Vice President in charge of marketing in 1987, corporate Vice President in 1989, General Manager in 1990, and he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 2000 and as President of New Business Ventures from 2001 to 2013. Dr. Clarke previously held various positions with Nike, Inc., primarily in research, design, development and marketing. Dr. Clarke also has previously served on the Board of Directors of Starwood, Inc. Dr. Clarke has expertise in global brand management, marketing and product development as well as substantial experience in organizational development and knowledge of supply chain operations. Dr. Clarke also played an integral role in the globalization of Nike. He also has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to his longstanding service to the Board.

Kevin Conroy

Mr. Kevin C. Conroy is an Independent Director of the Company. He joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”) in 2016 in the newly created position of President, Digital and New Platforms. Prior to joining MGM, he was Chief Strategy and Data Officer, and President, Digital and Enterprise Development, Univision Communications, Inc. from 2009 to 2016. From 2001 to 2009, he served in a variety of senior programming, product and marketing roles at AOL LLC, most recently as AOL’s Executive Vice President of Global Products and Marketing. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Conroy served in a number of roles with Bertelsmann AG, including as Chief Marketing Officer & President, New Technology, BMG Entertainment. Mr. Conroy has significant global experience in advertising and media with particular expertise in the Internet and online and mobile media businesses. Mr. Conroy is also a director of Sotheby’s. He has led large global efforts to build consumer websites and software applications and has managed a number of popular Internet brands, and has been at the center of the evolution of digital media from the introduction of the enhanced CD to HDTV to the mass adoption of the web and mobile platforms.

Scott Cowen

Dr. Scott S. Cowen is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been President Emeritus and Distinguished University Chair of Tulane University since 2014. Prior thereto, he was President of Tulane University and Seymour S Goodman Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business as well as Professor of Economics in the School of Liberal Arts since 1998. From 1984 to 1998, Dr. Cowen served as Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his departure in 1998, Dr. Cowen had been associated with Case Western Reserve University in various capacities since 1976. Dr. Cowen is also a director of Barnes and Noble Inc., Forest City Enterprises, Inc. as well as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group. Dr. Cowen is a former member of the Board of Directors of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and NACCO Industries Inc. Dr. Cowen continues to serve as a director of American Greetings Corp., which as of 2013 is no longer publicly held. Dr. Cowen has been a director since the Company completed its merger with Rubbermaid.

Domenico De Sole

Mr. Domenico De Sole is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been the Chairman of Tom Ford International since 2005. Prior thereto he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group NV, and Chairman of the Group’s Management Board, a post he held from 1995 to 2004. From 1984 to 1994, Mr. De Sole served as Chief Executive Officer of Gucci America. Prior thereto, Mr. De Sole was a partner with the law firm of Patton Boggs & Blow from 1970 to 1984. Mr. De Sole also serves on the Board of Directors of GAP, Inc., Ermenegildo Zegna, Sotheby’s and is a Member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Law School. Mr. De Sole is a former member of the Boards of Directors of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Labelux SA, The Procter & Gamble Company and Telecom Italia S.p.A. Mr. De Sole has extensive global business experience as well as significant expertise in building and developing luxury brands and strengthening global marketing and operations, all of which are relevant to the Company as it invests in growing its premium brands worldwide.

Steven Strobel

Mr. Steven J. Strobel is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (“Hill-Rom”) since 2014. Prior to his position with Hill-Rom, Mr. Strobel was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a Director of BlueStar Energy Solutions from 2009 to 2012, when it was acquired by American Electric Power. Mr. Strobel served as Senior Vice President—Treasurer of Motorola, Inc. from 2007 to 2008. He served as Motorola’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Controller from 2003 to 2007. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Strobel was Vice President—Finance and Treasurer for Owens Corning. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Strobel served as Owens Corning’s Vice President—Corporate Controller. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Strobel served in a number of roles with Kraft Foods, including Vice President, Finance, Kraft Grocery Products Division; Vice President and Controller, Kraft USA Operations; and Chief Financial Officer, Kraft Foods Canada. Mr. Strobel has substantial experience in financial matters and leadership in both consumer and industrial markets.

Michael Todman

Mr. Michael A. Todman is an Independent Director of the Company. He retired in 2015 as the Vice Chairman of Whirlpool Corporation (“Whirlpool”), a post he held since 2014. Prior thereto, he served as President, Whirlpool International from 2009 to 2014 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Whirlpool from 2006 through his retirement in 2015. He served as President, Whirlpool North America from 2007 to 2009, President, Whirlpool International from 2006 to 2007 and Executive Vice President and President of Whirlpool Europe from 2001 to 2006. From 1993 to 2001, he served in a number of roles at Whirlpool, including Executive Vice President, North America; Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, North America; Vice President, Sears Sales and Marketing; Vice President, Product Management; Controller of North America; Vice President, Consumer Services, Whirlpool Europe; General Manager, Northern Europe; and Director, Finance, United Kingdom. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Mr. Todman held a variety of leadership positions at Wang Laboratories, Inc. and Price Waterhouse and Co. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Brown-Forman Corporation and Prudential Financial and was a former director of Whirlpool.

Raymond Viault

Mr. Raymond G. Viault is an Independent Director of the Company. He retired in 2006 as Vice Chairman of General Mills, Inc., a post he held since 1996. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Viault was President of Kraft Jacobs Suchard in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Viault was with Kraft General Foods for a total of 20 years, serving in a variety of major marketing and general management positions. Mr. Viault is a former member of the Board of Directors of Cadbury plc, Safeway Inc. and VF Corp. Mr. Viault has broad experience in global brand building and general management and has substantial expertise in international matters and integration of acquired businesses and has made contributions as a board member of other organizations.

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