Miguel Nistal Joins Woodstream as President & CEO

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Woodstream Corporation, a leading manufacturer and marketer of branded
pest and animal control as well as lawn and garden products, today
announced that Miguel A. Nistal has joined the company as president and
chief executive officer. He replaces current President and CEO Harry E.
Whaley, who will continue as a consultant to the Company, effective

Mr. Nistal, 53, comes to Woodstream from Swan Products, LLC, a maker of
irrigation and watering products, a business he has run since 2009 and
for which he has been president and CEO since 2013. Mr. Nistal also led
the spin-off of Swan Products, a division of Tekni-Plex Corporation,
formerly known as Colorite. Under his leadership, Swan Products has
achieved significant increases in sales and profits, as well as
efficiencies in manufacturing and inventory management and expanded
e-commerce capabilities.

Woodstream’s strong portfolio of leading niche brands include Victor
mouse and rat traps, Terro liquid ant bait, Havahart animal traps,
Perky-pet bird feeders, and Zareba and Fi-Shock electronic animal
containment products. Woodstream was acquired by Vestar Capital Partners
in mid-2015.

“Miguel brings a proven track record of product innovation and
operational management, as well as deep experience in branded consumer
products,” said Kevin Mundt, managing director of Vestar and chairman of
the Woodstream Board of Directors. “He also has demonstrated expertise
in identifying and successfully integrating add-on acquisitions, which
we view as an important expansion avenue for Woodstream. These strengths
make him the ideal candidate to help the Company realize its next stage
of growth.”

“Woodstream boasts long standing relationships with blue chip retailers,
and with new product introductions and increased merchandising support
on the horizon, I believe the Company is poised for additional growth,”
said Mr. Nistal. “I look forward to working with the Woodstream
management and Vestar teams on Woodsteam’s next chapter of development.”

Mr. Nistal’s prior positions also include serving as CEO for Keys
Fitness and in several senior positions with The Stanley Works. Earlier
in his career, Mr. Nistal held marketing, product management and
engineering positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics and General
Electric Company. He holds a BS degree in Bio-medical Engineering and
Electrical Engineering and an MBA degree from Syracuse University.

Mr. Whaley, 60, has served as president of Woodstream since 1989 and has
built the company from a $50 million manufacturer of primarily sporting
goods equipment to a diverse $250 million branded consumer products
company. He joined Woodstream in 1989 after having served the company’s
parent, Ekco Group, as Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to
joining Woodstream and Ekco Group, he held positions with Centronics
Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Gillette.

“Harry has been a terrific partner over the last year and has helped
build Woodstream into the successful company it is today,” added Mr.
Mundt. “We thank him for his many years of service to the Company and
for his support in ensuring a smooth leadership transition. We wish him
the best of luck in his future pursuits.”

“I am honored to have led Woodstream for the last 27 years. I never
intended to stay so long, but the excellent team of people we built and
a rich field of opportunities led from one exciting initiative to
another. While our accomplishments as a team are many, the time is right
to hand over the reins to a new leader who can continue to pursue the
strategic growth of Woodstream,” said Mr. Whaley. “With Miguel and
Woodstream’s existing leadership team, along with Vestar’s support, I
leave the Company in excellent hands.”

About Woodstream

Woodstream, headquartered in Lititz, Pennsylvania, is a global
manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of branded pest control
and lawn & garden products, under brands such as Victor®, Terro®,
Perky-Pet®, Havahart®, Safer®, Sweeney’s® and Mosquito Magnet®, among
others. The company’s products, which have leading market share
positions within their respective segments, are sold at more than
100,000 retail locations and to professional pest control providers
throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other
international markets.

About Vestar Capital Partners

Vestar Capital Partners is a leading U.S. middle-market private equity
firm currently managing approximately $5 billion in capital.
Specializing in management buyouts and growth capital investments,
Vestar invests and collaborates with incumbent management teams and
private owners to build long-term enterprise value, with a focus on
Consumer, Healthcare, and Business and Financial Services. Since
Vestar’s founding in 1988, Vestar funds have completed 75 investments in
companies with a total value of more than $40 billion. For more
information, please visit www.vestarcapital.com


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