Michael Zlaket Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Rawlings®
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 19, 2015-- Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), recently named Michael Zlaket as President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. In this role, Zlaket will work across various brands within the company including Rawlings, Worth, Miken, Debeer, Gait Lacrosse and Jarden Sports Licensing to execute strategic opportunities.
"Mike has a solid reputation for managing dynamic teams and possesses an in-depth background related to product innovation, investing in new products and product technology supported by innovative marketing programs," said James E. Lillie, CEO of Jarden Corporation. "His strong and credible retail and industry experience with contacts across amateur and professional sports coupled with a wide range of knowledge in team related and field sports makes Mike a great fit for Jarden and our Team Sports business."
Prior to joining Rawlings, Zlaket spent 20 years at Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. in an executive capacity culminating in the role of President in 2013. Zlaket holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkley.
Zlaket will succeed Robert Parish who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. "Robert has been a great steward of not only the Rawlings brand but also the other brands in the Jarden Team Sports portfolio for the last decade," said Zlaket. "His 25 years of leadership dates back to his earliest days with Worth Sports and has had a strong impact on the industry. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods in the United States. Since the company's inception in 1887, Rawlings' mission has always centered on enabling participation by developing and producing innovative, high-performance equipment and protective apparel for the professional, amateur and entry-level player. With an assortment of baseball, basketball, football and softball game-related product lines, Rawlings is present everywhere team sports are played. Leagues and conferences of all skill levels integrate Rawlings' unparalleled product portfolio into their sports: as the Official Baseball Supplier and Official Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball for the NCAA®, the official football for the NAIA®, the official basketball for the NAIA, NJCAA® and AAU®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®.
For more information, please visit rawlings.com or by phone at (314) 819-2800.
About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer products with a portfolio of over 120 trusted, quality brands sold globally. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, AeroBed®, Berkley®, Campingaz® and Coleman®, ExOfficio®, Fenwick®, Greys®, Gulp!®, Hardy®, Invicta®, K2®, Madshus®, Marker®, Marmot®, Mitchell®, PENN®, Rawlings®, Ride®, Sevylor®, Shakespeare®, Stearns®, Stren®, Trilene®, Völkl®, Worth® and Zoot®; Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Lifoam®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, ProPak®, Quickie®, Spontex®, Tigex® and Yankee Candle®; and Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Breville®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain®. Headquartered in Florida, Jarden ranks #356 on the Fortune 500 and has over 30,000 employees worldwide.
For further information about Jarden, please visit www.jarden.com.
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