Central Garden & Pet Names Timothy Cofer as CEO
Central Garden & Pet Co.’s board of directors has appointed Timothy Cofer as CEO, effective Oct. 14. Cofer, who will also join the company’s board of directors, has more than 30 years of business leadership experience across general management, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, research and development, and innovation in the consumer products industry, according to Central officials. He most recently worked at Mondelēz International, where he held a variety of executive positions, including most recently serving as executive vice president and chief growth officers.
Cofer succeeds George Roeth who will retire from his management and board positions at the end of Central’s fiscal year on Sept. 28.
Central officials also reported that its founder and former CEO, Bill Brown, has been re-appointed chairman of its board of directors. Brown succeeds Brooks M. (“Sonny”) Pennington III, who will remain on the board.
“We are pleased to welcome Tim, one of the most accomplished executives in the consumer products industry, to the Central team and are confident he is the right leader to move Central forward,” Pennington said. “With an extensive track record of growing consumer products businesses both organically and through acquisitions, Tim has proven himself a distinguished leader throughout his multi-faceted career. His ability to deliver value across many aspects of an organization gives the board the utmost confidence that he and the team will continue our positive momentum and drive profitable growth in the years ahead.”
Pennington added that the company is grateful to Roeth for his “outstanding service as CEO, president and a member of the board, during which time Central has evolved into a larger, stronger and more diverse company that is growing sustainably.”
Brown thanked, on behalf of the board, Roeth and Pennington for their “instrumental roles in positioning Central for success in the future.
“The board and I look forward to working with Tim and could not be more excited about the direction we are headed in the future,” Brown said.
Brown founded Central Garden & Pet, which is headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., in 1980 and served as its chairman of the board from 1980 to 2018. From 1980 to June 2003, Brown served as CEO of the company and also held the position from October 2007 to February 2013, when the board re-appointed Brown to the post.