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Weber-Stephen Products names new CEO

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Thomas Koos has been named Chief Executive Officer of Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products LLC, effective April 1.

Koos brings more than 20 years of marketing and management experience with consumer durable products, most recently at Jacuzzi Brands Corp. 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 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."

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, Koos held senior positions at Black & Decker and Newell Rubbermaid.

"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 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."

BDT Capital Partners, LLC owns a majority interest in Weber-Stephen Products through a partnership with the Stephen family.

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