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Heil Stepping Down as President of United Pet Group

Posted: Jan. 3, 2013, 6:35 p.m. EST


John A. Heil will retire March 31 as president of United Pet Group, a manufacturer of product lines such as Tetra, Marineland, Nature’s Miracle, Dingo, 8-in-1 and Furminator, parent company Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. announced today.

Heil is retiring for personal reasons and will stay on as a consultant to Spectrum CEO Dave Lumley, the company reported.

“John has made significant, valuable and lasting contributions to the growth and strategic development of our company,” Lumley said. “John recently completed the pet division’s multiyear global integration and reorganization, and the pet division delivered record sales and profits in fiscal 2012.”

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Marineland and Furminator are among the brands manufactured by United Pet Group.
As part of the reorganization, Barry Seenberg, vice president and general manager of United Pet North America, will assume responsibility for the division’s North American business and oversee global financial consolidation. Managing director Andreas Rouve will maintain responsibility for the European and Asian pet businesses.

Heil, 60, joined Spectrum Brands upon the company’s February 2005 acquisition of United Industries, where Heil had been serving as president and CEO of United Pet Group.

He formerly worked 25 years at H.J. Heinz Co. in roles ranging from president and managing director of Heinz Pet Products to president of Heinz Specialty Pet.

Cincinnati-based United Pet Group recorded fiscal 2012 net sales of $616 million.

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