People: Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Cowhig

67 2010 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael Polk

53 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Stipancich

45 2014 Interim Chief Financial Officer, Principal Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and EMEA Executive Leader

Joseph Arcuri

2014 President - Home Solutions business

Jeff Hohler

2014 President - Tools business

William Burke

53 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Paula Larson

51 2013 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President

Mark Tarchetti

38 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Christopher O'Leary

55 2014 Director

Thomas Clarke

62 2003 Independent Director

Kevin Conroy

53 2011 Independent Director

Scott Cowen

68 1999 Independent Director

Elizabeth Cuthbert-Millett

57 1995 Independent Director

Domenico De Sole

70 2007 Independent Director

Cynthia Montgomery

61 1995 Independent Director

Jose Perez-Lizaur

62 2012 Independent Director

Steven Strobel

56 2006 Independent Director

Michael Todman

56 2007 Independent Director

Raymond Viault

69 2002 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Cowhig

Mr. Michael T. Cowhig is Independent Chairman of the Board of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., since February 2010. He retired in December 2006 as President, Global Technical and Manufacturing of The Procter & Gamble Company—Gillette Global Business Unit, a post he held beginning October 2005. Prior thereto, he held the position of President, Global Technical and Manufacturing of The Gillette Company from January 2004 to October 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. Mr. Cowhig has considerable operational and global leadership experience, and he has demonstrated success in meeting the demands of product innovation by leveraging manufacturing technology with an intense focus on delivering cost reductions. Mr. Cowhig also has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to his longstanding service to the Board. Mr. Cowhig is a former member of the Board of Directors of CCL Industries (a global specialty packaging company).

Michael Polk

Mr. Michael B. Polk is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since July 2011. Prior thereto, he was President, Global Foods, Home & Personal Care, Unilever (a consumer packaged goods manufacturer and marketer) since 2010. Mr. Polk joined Unilever in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer Unilever Foods USA and subsequently became President, Unilever USA in 2005. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Polk served as President, Unilever Americas. Prior to joining Unilever, Mr. Polk spent sixteen years at Kraft Foods Inc. and three years at The Procter & Gamble Company. At Kraft Foods, Mr. Polk was President, Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, President, Biscuits and Snacks Sector, and was a member of the Kraft Foods Management Committee.

John Stipancich

Mr. John K. Stipancich is an Interim Chief Financial Officer, Principal Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and EMEA Executive Leader of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He joined the company in 2004 as lead attorney for both the Tools, Hardware and Commercial Products Group and the Rubbermaid and Décor Global Business Units. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in January 2010, and in September 2012 assumed additional responsibility for the company’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. John previously held positions as EVP and General Counsel of Evenflo Co., Inc., a former Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. portfolio company, and as Senior Counsel for Borden, Inc., another former Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. portfolio company. He started his legal career as an associate with the Cleveland, Ohio office of the international law firm of Squire Sanders. John earned his law degree from The Ohio State University and holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Toledo. He is an active member of the bars of the States of Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Easter Seals North Georgia.

Joseph Arcuri

Mr. Joseph Arcuri has been appointed as President - Home Solutions business of the Company effective December 1, 2014. Arcuri joins Newell Rubbermaid after more than 25 years of global product development, marketing, and general management leadership experience at Procter & Gamble on leading brands such as Vicks®, Olay®, Gillette®, Old Spice®, Secret® and Ivory®. Arcuri's most recent job was Vice President and General Manager of P&G's North American Beauty business. Arcuri will lead one of the company's largest and most complex business segments with responsibility for Rubbermaid®, Calphalon®, Goody® and Levolor® and the recently acquired Contigo®, Avex®, and bubba® brands. Arcuri's experience leading and repositioning global teams and commercial operations for growth and increased market share will enable him to drive the transformation of the company's Home Solutions business segment. He will be based at Newell Rubbermaid's global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jeff Hohler

Mr. Jeff Hohler has been appointed as President - Tools business of the Company effective December 1, 2014. In his current role in Home Solutions, Hohler has successfully integrated four global business units into the current Home Solutions business segment and has taken a series of tough choices within the business to reposition the Rubbermaid brand for future growth. Hohler will lead the Tools business segment from the company's professional business hub in Huntersville, North Carolina.

William Burke

Mr. William A. Burke, III, is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., since October 26, 2012. He served as President, Newell Professional from January 2012 to September 2012, having previously served as President, Tools, Hardware & Commercial Products from January 2009 through 2011, and President, Tools and Hardware from December 2007 to January 2009. Prior thereto, 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 1992 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.

Paula Larson

Ms. Paula S. Larson has been appointed as Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of the company., effective December 16, 2013. Larson, age 50, has built her career leading change as both an HR business partner and strategic consultant. Her emphasis on cultural and geographic diversity comes from having worked extensively across 80 countries, including living in Asia, Europe and North America. Most recently, she was Chief Human Resources Officer for The Western Union Company, where she revamped the company's approach to people development and drove a performance-based culture to help accelerate growth. Previously, as Chief Human Resources Officer at Invensys plc, the London-based global technology group, she helped engineer the transition from a holding company into an integrated operating company, which helped drive Invensys to a top-5 performance among the London FTSE100 during the difficult recession year of 2009. Before Invensys, Larson was VP of Human Resources for the Hydraulics division of Eaton Corp., where she helped support the globalization of this complex business unit. She also spent over a decade at GE, where she won several coveted Executive Awards for HR leadership and was one of the company's first Six Sigma black belts in human resources. Before that, Larson spent nearly five years at a global HR consultancy, Dugan Unlimited, where she lived and worked extensively overseas during assignments for global clients. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State, an MBA with international business concentration from the University of New Haven and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Mark Tarchetti

Mr. Mark S. Tarchetti is Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., since January 2013. 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.

Christopher O'Leary

Christopher O'Leary is Director of Company. With more than twenty years of consumer products industry experience, O'Leary is a well-respected and accomplished marketing and operational executive. As chief operating officer, International, O'Leary oversees General Mills' businesses in over 100 countries around the world, comprised of iconic brands such as Pillsbury, Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Häagen-Dazs. Under his leadership, General Mills International has expanded to become a significant source of growth for General Mills over the last five years, with sales outside the U.S. almost doubling in size over that timeframe. Today fully one-third of General Mills' sales are now outside the U.S. As a result of recent acquisitions, such as Yoplait and Yoki, General Mills' sales outside the U.S. total more than $6 billion dollars, including the company's proportionate share of joint ventures. Prior to his appointment to chief operating officer, International, O'Leary served as president of the Meals Division, president of the Betty Crocker Division and vice president of Corporate Development at General Mills. Previous to joining General Mills, O'Leary spent 17 years at PepsiCo, Inc., last serving as president and chief executive officer of the Hostess Frito-Lay business in Canada.

Thomas Clarke

Dr. Thomas E. Clarke, Ph.D., is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He has been President of New Business Ventures of Nike, Inc. (a designer, developer and marketer of footwear, apparel, equipment and accessory products) since 2001. 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 served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Clarke previously held various positions with Nike, Inc., primarily in research, design, development and marketing. Dr. Clarke also serves on the Board of Directors of Starwood, Inc. (a hotels and resorts company). Dr. Clarke has experience in global brand management, marketing and product development as well as substantial experience in organizational development and knowledge of supply chain operations. He 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 Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He has been President, Univision Interactive Media, Inc., Univision Communications, Inc. (the premier media company serving Hispanic America) since January 2009. From 2001 to 2009, he served in a variety of senior programming, product and marketing roles at AOL LLC (a global web services company), 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 (a transnational media corporation), including as Chief Marketing Officer & President, New Technology, BMG Entertainment. Mr. Conroy has global experience in advertising and media with particular experience in the Internet and online and mobile media businesses. He has led global efforts to build consumer websites and software applications and has managed a number of popular web brands.

Scott Cowen

Dr. Scott S. Cowen is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He has been the President of Tulane University and Seymour S Goodman Memorial Professor of Business 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 American Greetings Corp. (a manufacturer of greeting cards and related merchandise) and Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (a real estate developer). Dr. Cowen is a former member of the Board of Directors of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. (an operator of retail fabric shops). Dr. Cowen has been a director since the Company completed its merger with Rubbermaid.

Elizabeth Cuthbert-Millett

Ms. Elizabeth Cuthbert-Millett is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. She has been a private investor for more than five years. Ms. Cuthbert-Millett is also an adjunct professor in the school of Environment and Natural Resources at University of Wyoming. Ms. Cuthbert-Millett has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to her longstanding service to the Board.

Domenico De Sole

Mr. Domenico De Sole is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. 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 Patton Boggs & Blow (a law firm) from 1970 to 1984. Mr. De Sole also serves on the Board of Directors of GAP, Inc. (a clothing retailer), Ermenegildo Zegna (a manufacturer and marketer of men’s luxury clothing) 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 (a manufacturer and marketer of eye care products), Delta Air Lines, Inc., Labelux SA (a manufacturer and marketer of luxury apparel), The Procter & Gamble Company and Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Cynthia Montgomery

Dr. Cynthia A. Montgomery is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., since 1995. She is the Timken Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where she has served on the faculty since 1989. Prior thereto, Dr. Montgomery was a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Montgomery also serves on the Board of Directors of several Black Rock Mutual Funds. Dr. Montgomery has conducted research in the areas of strategy and corporate governance, including in particular issues relating to boards of directors, the creation of value across multiple lines of business, and the role leaders play in developing and implementing strategy. She also has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to her longstanding service to the Board.

Jose Perez-Lizaur

Mr. Jose Ignacio Perez-Lizaur is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He retired in 2010 as the Executive Vice President, Operations, of the Sam’s Club division of Walmart Stores, Inc., a post he held since 2009. From 1987 to 2009, Mr. Perez-Lizaur served in various management roles within Walmart’s Latin American operations, most recently as the President and CEO of Walmart Central America from 2006 to 2008. Prior to his tenure at Walmart, Mr. Perez-Lizaur held several positions in the Mexican government. Mr. Perez-Lizaur has distinguished international management experience, with a focus on Latin American retail markets, and possesses a deep knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities of pursing business growth across the region. Mr. Perez-Lizaur also serves on the Board of Directors of Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V.

Steven Strobel

Mr. Steven J. Strobel is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a Director of BlueStar Energy Solutions (a retail electricity supplier) from August 2009 to March 2012, when it was acquired by American Electric Power. Mr. Strobel served as Senior Vice President—Treasurer of Motorola, Inc. (a wireless and broadband communications company) from June 2007 to March 2008. He served as Motorola’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Controller from 2003 to June 2007. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Strobel was Vice President—Finance and Treasurer for Owens Corning (a manufacturer and marketer of building material and composites systems). 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, a former division of Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products). While at Kraft, he held various financial positions, 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. He also has considerable experience with global, multi-divisional business models and a deep understanding of building brands and driving innovation at well-respected companies. He also has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to his longstanding service to the Board.

Michael Todman

Mr. Michael A. Todman is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He has been President, Whirlpool International since December 2009 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Whirlpool Corporation since January 1, 2006. Prior thereto, he served as President, Whirlpool North America from June 2007 to December 2009. He served as President, Whirlpool International from January 2006 to June 2007 and served as Executive Vice President and President of Whirlpool Europe from October 2001 to January 2006. From March 2001 to October 2001, he served as Executive Vice President, North America of Whirlpool Corporation. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Todman served in a number of roles at Whirlpool, including 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. (a developer and manufacturer of computer products) and Price Waterhouse and Co. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgetown University and the Board of Regents of Loyola University of Chicago.

Raymond Viault

Mr. Raymond G. Viault is Independent Director of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He retired in January 2005 as Vice Chairman of General Mills, Inc. (a manufacturer and marketer of consumer food products), 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 marketing and general management positions. Mr. Viault is also a director of VF Corp. (an apparel company). Mr. Viault has broad experience in global brand building and general management and has substantial in international matters and integration of acquired businesses and has made contributions as a board member of other organizations. He also has substantial institutional knowledge regarding the Company, including its operations and industries, due to his longstanding service to the Board. Mr. Viault is a former member of the Board of Directors of Cadbury plc (a manufacturer and marketer of foods and beverages) and Safeway Inc. (a food and drug retailer).
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