Tom Koos Named Chief Executive Officer of Weber-Stephen Products LLC
PALATINE, Ill., March 19, 2013
PALATINE, Ill., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber-Stephen Products LLC, the
world's leading manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, announced today that
Thomas Koos will join Weber as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1,
Mr. Koos brings more than 20 years of marketing and management experience with
consumer durable products, most recently at Jacuzzi Brands Corporation where
he served as president and CEO. Current Weber-Stephen President and CEO Jim
Stephen will become Executive Chairman of the company.
"Tom's global business experience, passion for building brands and deep
knowledge of our distribution channels makes him a great fit for Weber," said
Jim Stephen. "I look forward to working with Tom and our team at Weber as we
continue to expand and promote our strong brand around the world."
"I am honored and excited to join the Weber team, a global barbecue pioneer
and one of America's most recognized and trusted brands," said Tom Koos. "I am
committed to continuing the tradition of delivering high quality products and
customer service that the world has come to expect from Weber."
Mr. Koos joins Weber after nearly six years at Jacuzzi Brands Corporation.At
Jacuzzi, Koos had full strategic and operating responsibility for the company
and all of its global operations. In addition, he developed and implemented
several consumer marketing programs, revitalized research and development, and
revamped customer service. Prior to his work at Jacuzzi, Mr. Koos held senior
positions at Black & Decker and Newell Rubbermaid.
BDT Capital Partners, LLC owns a majority interest in Weber-Stephen Products
LLC through a partnership with the Stephen family.
Weber-Stephen Products LLC, headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the world's
premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, grilling
accessories and other outdoor room products. In 1952, founder George Stephen
sparked a backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber^® kettle. More
than 60 years later, the privately-held company remains the industry leader
with its Weber^®, Weber^® Q^®, and Ducane^® brands. As a leading exporter of
grills, Weber brand products are sold worldwide at select home centers,
hardware stores, department stores, patio stores, and other retail outlets.
Weber has the strongest consumer outreach program in the industry with its
Weber Grill-Line^SM (1-800-GRILL-OUT^®); Weber's On The Grill^™ mobile
application; and a content-rich website with grilling tips, techniques, and
original Weber recipes at www.weber.com^®. Weber can also be followed on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/weberbbq) and Twitter
About BDT Capital Partners, LLC
BDT Capital Partners provides family-owned and entrepreneurially led companies
with long-term capital, solutions-based advice and access to an extensive
network of world-class family businesses. Based in Chicago, BDT Capital
Partners is a merchant bank structured to provide advice and capital that
address the unique needs of closely held businesses. The firm has a $3 billion
investment fund as well as an investor base with the ability to co-invest
significant additional capital. Through its advisory business, BDT & Company
works with family businesses to pursue their long-term strategic and financial
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SOURCE Weber-Stephen Products LLC
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