Zodiac Announces Executive Team Promotions

Zodiac Announces Executive Team Promotions

VISTA, Calif. (July 29, 2010) – Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. (“Zodiac®”), a worldwide provider of pool and spa products, announced today the promotion of key executives in its Americas Region, which includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Tony Prudhomme, Chief Operating Officer for Zodiac Marine & Pool Group, has assumed the interim role as President of Zodiac Pool Systems, Americas. This interim role will ensure the company’s continued customer and consumer focus during the near term transition of leadership in the Americas.

Troy Franzen has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Zodiac Pool Systems, Americas. Franzen will oversee all sales, marketing, and customer-facing aspects of the business. He recently joined Zodiac as Vice President, Business Development after a 20 year career with Black & Decker, where he served in various executive positions.

Vance Gillette, one of the most respected and tenured professionals in the pool and spa industry, has returned to Zodiac Pool Systems on a full-time basis as Vice President of Business Development. For the past two years, Gillette has served as a consultant to Zodiac, but he will now focus his efforts on cultivating new and existing dealer relationships on a full time basis.

Todd Cramer has been promoted to President of Cover-Pools Inc., a wholly owned Zodiac subsidiary located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cramer’s appointment follows the announcement of the retirement of Rick Clark, long-time owner and now General Manager of Cover-Pools. Cramer comes from Zodiac Pool Systems in Vista, where he served as Vice President, Sales and Service Operations.

“These executive team appointments are part of Zodiac’s larger strategy of intensifying both its consumer focus and customer intimacy, to better serve our industry,” Prudhomme said. “All of these gentlemen are proven professionals who will make an immediate and positive impact in their new roles.”

About Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Zodiac, a subsidiary of Zodiac Marine & Pool and a Carlyle Group portfolio company, is a global leader, recognized as the most consumer-focused, innovative provider of differentiated pool products and services. The company’s comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Baracuda®, Jandy®, Nature2®, Polaris®, and Cover-Pools®. To learn more about Zodiac Pool Systems, visit www.zodiacpoolsystems.com or call 800-822-7933.

About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $88.6 billion of assets under management committed to 67 funds as of December 31, 2009. Carlyle invests in buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $59.6 billion of equity in 952 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately $233.0 billion. The Carlyle Group employs more than 860 people in 19 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $84 billion in revenue and employ more than 398,000 people around the world. www.carlyle.com.

Zodiac Marine & Pool addresses the needs of consumer and professional markets, operating through three specialized business Branches:

  • Pool Care: technical equipment for swimming pools
  • Marine: inflatable and semi-rigid boats and life saving equipment for recreational market, professional users and armed forces
  • Environment: waste water treatment solutions for marine industry and special buildings

Zodiac Marine & Pool benefits from leadership positions on its pool care, marine and environment market segments. www.zodiac-marine-pool.com.