Central Garden & Pet Names CEO

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–John R. Ranelli has been appointed president and CEO of Central Garden & Pet Company. Ranelli has been a member of the company’s board of directors, serving on the audit committee, since 2010. He will remain on Central's board. Bill Brown, Central's chairman and CEO, will continue as chairman.


"Over the last two years, John has become a leader on our board and a trusted partner," Brown said. "His close to 40 years of experience in building consumer products companies will be invaluable as we position Central for the next phase of growth and continue our transition to an integrated branded consumer products category."

Ranelli has served as CEO of Mikasa Inc., a global dinnerware, crystal and home accessories company; of FGX International (FosterGrant), a global optical company; and most recently of Woolrich, an outdoor clothing company.