Tim Cofer

Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Central Garden & Pet and is responsible for leading the broad, $2.5 billion portfolio of 65+ garden and pet brands with a team of over 6,000 employees across the United States, Europe and China. With over 30 years of experience in the Consumer-Packaged Goods industry, Tim is committed to leading businesses that drive sustainable, profitable growth and create consistent shareholder value. Prior to joining Central in mid-2019, Tim served in key leadership positions and held general management roles, including Chief Growth Officer of Mondelēz International, President of Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Mondelez International, President of Kraft Foods Europe, President of Kraft Pizza Company and President of Oscar Mayer Foods.

Tim earned a BA in Economics and Political Science from St. Olaf College and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Glen is part of the original family that founded TFH in 1952 which was purchased by Central Garden & Pet in 1997. He currently oversees TFH, Nylabone, Four Paws and IMS. Glen was critical to Central’s acquisition of IMS and its integration into Central’s Dog & Cat Brands portfolio. Today, TFH is known as a leading innovator in the pet products industry, and specifically dog chews, as well as the leader in the pet publishing industry.

Glen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, in Biological Sciences and his Masters of Science in Ichthyology/Zoology from the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Rhodes University. In 1978, Glen became a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

John Hanson with Badger

John Hanson joined Central Garden & Pet as President of Pet Consumer Products in August of 2019 after serving as a Board member since 2018. John has a wealth of experience in consumer products and has previously held several leadership roles in sales, marketing, and general management, most notably at ConAgra. John spent almost 17 years with the company and was the President of its Frozen Foods Division for 4 years. In that role, John grew the business from approximately $1.7 to over $2.5 billion in sales, growing both organically and through acquisition. After leaving ConAgra, John focused on strategic and operational consulting, including M&A, in the consumer products industry.

John earned his BA in Management & Marketing and his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School.

Jim joined Central in 2004 and has been instrumental in driving business in the pet segment. In 2013, Jim received the Pet Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Pet Products Association (AAPA). He also served on the PIJAC Board of Directors for seven years, and as the Chairman for four years.

Prior to joining Central, Jim was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Color Factory and Exchangebridge. Jim also held executive positions at American Pad & Paper, Procter & Gamble, Polaroid, Maybelline/L’Oréal and American Safety Razor.

Jim has served as the Chairman of the American Pet Product Association (APPA) and is a director of the Pet Food Institute, The Pet Leadership Council and Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

Jim is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Marketing and Finance from the Cox School of Business.

Niko Lahanas joined Central Garden & Pet in 2006 and has held a variety of finance positions within the company. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President of Finance, Operations Management & Reporting and Chief Financial Officer of Central’s Pet Segment. Formerly he held positions as Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, and Director of Business Performance, focusing on business unit profitability.

Prior to joining Central, Niko worked in private equity and investment banking for over eight years.

Niko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University.

Marilyn joined Central Human Resources in October, 2011 as the Vice President of Human Resources/Business Partner for Supply Chain & Finance, Accounting and IT. Marilyn was promoted to the Vice President of HR in September of 2013 and the Senior Vice President of HR in October 2016. Prior to joining Central, Marilyn was the Head of Global Change Management for The Roche Group and was a Sr. Director of Human Resources for Roche Diagnostics for over seven years. Before Roche, Marilyn held various roles of increasing responsibility at The Clorox Company over a 13-year period.

Marilyn is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan’s Advanced HR Executive Program.

Howard is currently serving as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer. Howard has been with Central Garden & Pet since 2001 and has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure, including as the Senior Vice President of Finance and the company’s Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Central, he held related positions in finance and accounting at KPMG, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Influence Medical Devices and Nanologic.

Howard has a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on Accounting from California State University, East Bay and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dan is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pennington Seed. He started working in the family business in 1972, undertaking many initiatives and roles until 1982 when he was promoted to Wild Bird Feed Manager. In 1984 he was promoted to an Executive Vice President. In 2014, Dan was promoted into a Senior Vice President-Chief Operating Officer role with Pennington.

Dan attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and has a degree in Agri Business, plus numerous additional courses in management.

Kay oversees Central Life Sciences, specializing in the development, manufacturing and marketing of animal health products in the equine market and insect control products for public health, livestock production and agricultural markets.

Prior to becoming President of the animal health business unit, Kay was the General Manager of the Consumer and Animal Health Division of Sandoz, Inc. (now Novartis, Inc.). She also served in a variety of sales and marketing capacities for the Brunswick Corporation and Market Facts, Inc.

Kay currently serves as a Director on the University of Illinois Foundation Board and on the Board of Advisors of Springboard Enterprises

Kay holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a Rotary Fellow attending the University of Bruxelles, and completed the Advanced Executive Program at the London Business School.

J.D. joined Central Garden & Pet in January of 2011 and has responsibility for Central's branded garden business including: sales, marketing operations, the Controls, Grass Seed, Décor and Vendor Partner business units, as well as the Retail Sales and Service Team (RSST) and Garden Distribution. In total, J.D. has over thirty-six years of experience in consumer packaged goods and more than eighteen years in the lawn and garden industry, holding increasingly senior positions with Spectrum Brands, Gillette, and Duracell.

J.D. holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Louisville, and is a graduate of The General Manager Program (TGMP) of Harvard University.


Chris is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Central Garden & Pet. In his role, he oversees the company’s Digital & Technical Operations, Information Services, Digital Marketing & B2B eCommerce strategies -- ensuring alignment across the company’s technology platforms. A data-driven and innovative leader, Chris is committed to driving transformative change and unlocking revenue potential across Central’s portfolio of brands and businesses. Over his 15-year tenure, Chris has led many of Central’s key strategic technology initiatives, including retiring 30 ERP systems across Central’s businesses and launching the company’s B2B eCommerce platform.

Prior to joining Central, Chris spent nine years in the Price Waterhouse / PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting practice where he served a diverse set of global clients.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the University of Chicago.

George has served as General Counsel to Central Garden & Pet since 2011 and is also the Corporate Secretary. Before joining Central, George was a partner in the firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLC specializing in commercial litigation. During his more than thirty years with that firm, George developed experience in a wide range of subject areas, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment and regulatory matters and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. George was for many years the head of the pro bono program while at Orrick.

George has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago and obtained a JD from Stanford University.