Andrew Ponte is a seasoned executive with over 25 years in the pet industry. He has experience with multiple ownership platforms such as private equity, entrepreneur, public, hedge fund, and Chapter 11 reorganization and has been involved in various acquisitions and integrations. Mr. Ponte was previously Senior Vice President of the sales and business unit at Central Garden and Pet from May of 2015 to February of 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Ponte spent 15 years as an executive at United Pet Group (now Spectrum Brands) where he served a variety of positions from 1999 through 2015 including Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Trade Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Walmart Team Leader. Prior to that, he held various sales and marketing management positions, initially with Dogloo, Inc. and Doskocil, Inc (after the merger of the two companies). Prior to that, he spent 8 years with Koch Industries in various leadership positions in sales, marketing, accounting and finance. Mr. Ponte holds a BA in Accounting from Kansas State University. We believe Mr. Ponte’s extensive experience in the pet industry and management experience qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors.