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Congrats to SVP + COO Randy Lewis!

November 20, 2018

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We’re excited to share some news: the appointment of Randal D. Lewis to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer! A 13-year veteran of Spectrum Brands, Mr. Lewis most recently served as President, Consumer Products Group consisting of the Company’s Pet Care, Home & Garden and Global Auto Care businesses. In addition to the leaders of those three businesses, the presidents of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) division as well as the discontinued operations of Global Batteries and Lights and Home & Personal Care Appliances will now report to Mr. Lewis in his new position as Chief Operating Officer.

“Randy has the proven leadership acumen, operating skills set and change management experience to make him a very strong COO at this important stage of our Company’s transition as we capitalize on the many opportunities across our businesses,” said David M. Maura, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Brands. “In working with Randy over many years, I have been consistently impressed with his passion and laser focus on delivering operational excellence, outstanding customer service, cost efficiency, and sustainable organic growth through innovation and best-in-class brand marketing and merchandising. Randy is a tested leader with excellent instincts who commands the respect and admiration of our Board, co-workers, customers and suppliers.”

Mr. Lewis served as President of Spectrum Brands’ Consumer Products Group since April 2018 and previously led the former Pet, Home & Garden Division since November 2014 . Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Home & Garden since January 2011 , where he led the restructuring of the business. From 2005-2011, Mr. Lewis served as Home & Garden’s Vice President, Manufacturing and Vice President, Operations upon the acquisition of the business by Spectrum Brands. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis held various leadership roles from 1997-2005 with the former United Industries Corporation and from 1989-1997 with Unilever. Mr. Lewis earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1988.

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Russell Hobbs Announces First U.S. Brand Influencer, Kate Beckinsale!

September 25, 2018

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Spectrum Brands’ RUSSELL HOBBS has signed its first U.S. brand ambassador, actress, Kate Beckinsale, for their 2018 campaign. Beckinsale will work with the brand as it celebrates its availability on this side of the pond.

An iconic British actress, RUSSELL HOBBS chose Beckinsale to be its first-ever U.S. brand ambassador as she embodies British heritage and classic style which is what the brand is well known for. As part of her partnership, Beckinsale will partake in a media campaign featuring original, easy-to-make recipes and share her favorite tips for entertaining at home, all of which will be featured on the RUSSELL HOBBS website (www.russellhobbs.com).

“As a busy actress and mom, RUSSELL HOBBS appliances make life at home easy and enjoyable” said Beckinsale. “The products add a sweet touch of nostalgia to my every day, and I am so excited to partner with such an iconic brand.”

Beckinsale recently wrapped shooting on the highly anticipated Amazon/ITV limited series, The Widow, and will be seen in the feature film, Farming. Most recently, Beckinsale appeared in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York. Additional film credits include the Underworld series, Pearl Harbor, Serendipity, and Click.

Read more about the partnership at HomeWorld Business.

Image via HomeWorld Business.

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See Patty Glines-Kotecki Speak at Edgewood College!

September 21, 2018

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Our very own Patty Glines-Kotecki will be speaking at Edgewood College’s Executive Speaker series in Madison, Wisconsin!

Patty is the Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Spectrum Brands. She works with business leaders to identify, design, and translate human capital strategies into practical solutions that engage employees and achieve business results. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, she has held leadership roles in numerous HR practice areas.

In parallel with her professional work, Patty is a life-long learner and an award-winning athlete. She is a ride leader for the Bell Joy Ride women’s mountain biking project and has earned the CrossFit Level 1 certification.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall

Presentation: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Outside of Wingra Cafe)

The pace and breadth of change affecting all industries is unprecedented. Every day, changes are directly influencing an organization’s ability to succeed. Modern technology and analytics, increased competition, shifting customer expectations, mergers, reorganizations, changing priorities, new automation tools, regulations and many other disruptors are challenging companies to rethink how they do business.

Join us as we explore how organizations can embrace these changes, and succeed in fast-paced, complex business environments. Our panel will discuss…

  • How to create a continuous learning approach to help better manage change
  • Ways to mitigate challenges when building a culture of change capability
  • How to deliver effective communication and engagement
  • Ways to build measurement for change readiness and sustainability

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Congratulations GAC VP, Tammy Chaffee Tecklenburg!

September 19, 2018

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Talent. Determination. Goodwill. Passion. These are the attributes that Ratchet+Wrench – the leading progressive media brand exclusively serving auto care center owners and operators – used to select their All-Star Award recipients. And this year, the winner of the Wild Card category is our very own Tammy Chaffee Tecklenburg, VP, Global Sales and Marketing Operations at Global Auto Care.

Tammy was nominated for her servant leadership and dedication to mentoring and developing women in the automotive industry. Her work in this area started when she joined the professional group Women in Auto Care eight years ago. She joined the executive board in 2014, and later that year, she led the Membership Committee in launching a mentor program and encouraging her industry peers to join her mission of developing the next generation.

In 2015, Tammy was recognized with the Auto Care Woman of the Year award. This industry award is presented annually to a woman who is a leader, mentor and role model who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the auto care industry.

In November 2016, Tammy became president of Women in Auto Care. Since Tammy came on as president, the group has ramped up its scholarship efforts to get more female technicians entering the aftermarket. Since 2004, the organization has given out $358,000 in scholarships to high school and post-secondary female students, 70% of which has been awarded during Tammy’s presidency.

Congratulations, Tammy! Thank you for everything you do to inspire and empower women at Spectrum Brands and throughout the automotive industry.

Read the full Ratchet+Wrench article here.

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InBusiness Magazine Features Spectrum Brands’ Own

August 16, 2018

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This month’s In Business magazine features Spectrum Brands’ own Patty Glines-Kotecki and her appearance at Madison’s CultureCon event. CultureCon is a two-day event “on a mission to impact the workplace by connecting humans to spread positive change around organizational culture.” Glines-Kotecki led a breakout session and shared her thoughts on managing change in the workplace.

“Patty Glines-Kotecki’s title with Spectrum Brands is Organizational Effectiveness Leader, but she’s a social scientist at heart. As such, she likens the 15,000-employee organization she works for to a laboratory.

During the recent CultureCon event at the Madison Concourse Hotel, she spoke on building a change-adept culture and, in so doing, offered lessons from a change manager. Her basic message is an oft-repeated one: change is inevitable. Are you ready to manage it, especially as it becomes more and more complex?

Another part of her message is that while change is inevitable, well-managed change is not. She offers a simple model for change management that is heavily dependent on continuous learning for managers, which might meet with more resistance than the actual change itself, and she offers ways to do battle with the inevitable barriers to change.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Now Hiring in St. Louis!

July 13, 2018

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We’re hiring within our Supply Chain Team at our Pet, Home & Garden division in St. Louis! Positions include Demand Forecast Analysts, Customer Care Account Reps, and an Inventory & Supply Planning Manager.

Spectrum Brands is a leading supplier of consumer products globally for the pet supply markets, and nationally for the home, lawn and garden insect and weed control markets. Our products are well-recognized by consumers for delivering exceptional value and trusted results.

The Home & Garden brands include Spectracide®, Garden Safe®, Hot Shot®, Cutter®, Repel®, Black Flag® and Liquid Fence®. You’ll likely recognize our Pet Brands, which include Tetra®, Instant Ocean®, Marineland®, 8-in-1®, Dingo®, FURminator®, Nature’s Miracle®, GloFish®, DreamBone® and SmartBones®.

Take a glimpse at some of our current available positions in St. Louis:

The Pet, Home & Garden corporate office is located in Earth City, Missouri and is home to a café, a fitness center, and the Home & Garden R&D Lab and Insectary. Employees are offered robust wellness opportunities and participate in frequent social/community volunteerism activities.

Interested in learning more about Spectrum Brands? Browse all of our current job openings today. Or set up a job alert so you can stay on top of anything that becomes available in the future.

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We’re Creating More Sustainable Products

July 10, 2018

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We’re excited to share this news from The Sustainability Consortium:

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced today that Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. has joined as a member, joining over 100 TSC members working to create more sustainable products for a more sustainable planet. TSC translates the best sustainability science into business tools that are used all over the world to create more sustainable consumer products.

Spectrum Brands is a global consumer products company offering a portfolio of leading brands providing superior value to consumers and customers every day. They combine origin and destination logistics solutions with transportation services across all modes and regions of the world. They will focus their work on identifying environmental and social issues in their product supply chains, reducing their carbon footprint, improving water efficiency and developing an outreach program to positively affect the people in all communities where Spectrum Brands operates.

Euan Murray, TSC Chief Executive, states, “TSC is proud to welcome Spectrum Brands as a member, joining our other TSC members in the collective effort towards creating more sustainable products for a sustainable planet. Spectrum Brands’ portfolio of products and leading brands, along with its global reach, lets us expand our work exponentially. The company’s membership and efforts are invaluable to our mission.”

Spectrum Brands regularly responds to the Walmart Sustainability Index, which is powered by TSC metrics and methodology. Because of the Index’s impact on measuring its sustainability progress, Spectrum Brands joined TSC to grow existing strategies and further leverage the tools, resources, and opportunities available only to members of the Consortium.

“We look forward to partnering with the Consortium,” said Daniel Hutter, CSO. “Their experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we advance our sustainability initiatives.”

Photo via David Maxwell/Flickr. 
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Spectrum Brands Gets Active!

July 5, 2018

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June was a busy month at Spectrum Brands! Besides getting outside and getting active for our third annual Day of Service, we celebrated Bike to Work Week and Global Running Day.

For Bike to Work Week, which is June 2-9, we organized five days of events from an after-work 2.5 mile mountain bike ride at Pleasant View’s trails to an early morning group “ride to work and coffee” meet-up. We distributed maps of local bicycle trails to employees and topped off the week with a 20 mile group road ride that ended at Capital Brewery (with two drinks on us!).

June 6th was Global Running Day, which is simply a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation was easy—employees had to pledge to take part in some type of running activity on the day of the event from a solo lap around the block to a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with their kids. The key was to share their passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving. To celebrate, we organized a two-mile run at our world headquarters. The run began at the South end of WHQ at 11:30 a.m. and all participants earned Vitality points and t-shirt.

Congrats to all of our employees who got out and got active in June! Let’s keep it up throughout the summer.

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A Peek Inside Spectrum Brands Nationwide Day of Service

July 3, 2018

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June 14th was our third annual company-wide day of service! This year’s theme was #CommunityWithPurpose. With help from the National Environmental Education Foundation, we organized volunteer events for our employees in eight cities across the country.

Here’s a glimpse into what we did:

  • Removed invasive plants at Marshall Park and Stricker Pond in Madison, WI with help from the Clean Lakes Alliance.
  • Spruced up equestrian trails at Possum Creek with help from Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, OH.
  • Weeded, planted, harvested vegetables, and tended crops at Gateway Greening in St. Louis, MO.
  • Partnered with the Laguna Canyon Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA to pick up trash and restore trails impacted by California wildfires.
  • Lent a hand at Nellies Cave Park in Blacksburg, VA mulching, removing invasive species, and cleaning up.
  • Worked on trail maintenance and planting at Tarrywile Park and Mansion in Danbury, CT. 
  • Partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to volunteer at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge near Denison, TX.
  • Spruced up an area impacted by last year’s hurricanes at Amelia Earhart Park in Miami, FL.

“With eight Spectrum Brands locations spread throughout the country engaged in this day of service, we are poised to have a national impact on local parks and nature areas and their connected waterways,” said Spectrum Brands Division Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer Daniel Hutter in a press release. “By helping employees make the connection between their individual actions and the long-term impact they can have on the natural areas around them, the day gives our employees a chance to be part of ongoing, lasting change.”

We’re so proud of our employees for not being afraid to get their hands dirty and give back to the community! We made a big difference by working together, and we can’t wait to see what more we can do in the years to come. View more photos from our event here.

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Now Hiring: Join our Operations Department!

June 28, 2018

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Join a winning organization! Operations experts manage our international and domestic supply chain from start to finish including packaging design, quality, continuous improvement, trade compliance, and commodity management.

Here are the kind of opportunities you might find in our operations departments across the country:

  • Commodity Manager in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Controls Engineer in Dayton, Ohio
  • Distribution Planning Manager in Edgerton, Kansas
  • Senior Engineer in Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Quality Engineer in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Sourcing Intern in Middleton, Wisconsin
  • R&D Chemist in Blacksburg, Virgina

Interested in learning more? Browse our current job openings today. Or set up a job alert so you can stay on top of anything that opens in the future.

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