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Tom Koos named CEO of Weber-Stephen Products

PALATINE, Ill. - Charcoal and gas grill manufacturer Weber-Stephen Products LLC announced that Thomas Koos will join Weber as chief executive officer, effective April 1.

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," Stephen said. "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," Koos said. "I am committed to continuing the tradition of delivering high quality products and customer service that the world has come to expect from Weber."

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, 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.

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