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Jarden Corporation Names Sam A. Solomon as President and CEO of The Coleman Company

A seasoned executive with more than 23 years of proven leadership, Sam Solomon becomes Coleman's President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Jarden Corporation has named Sam A. Solomon as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Coleman Company, Inc. Coleman is headquartered in Wichita, Kan., and is a unit of Jarden Outdoor Solutions Division. Solomon has been serving as interim President and CEO since September 2007.

“I am extremely pleased to have someone of Sam’s talent, experience and character to lead the Coleman organization,” said Greg Shearson, CEO of Jarden Outdoor Solutions. “Sam’s contribution to the Coleman team has been substantial already, but I am even more excited about our future. Jarden is committed to being the world’s best outdoor company, and Coleman is a critical part of that vision.”

Solomon is a seasoned executive with more than 23 years’ experience in finance, brand management and general business administration at global multi-national companies such as The Coca-Cola Company; Kidde, PLC; SPX Corporation; The Proctor and Gamble Company; and most recently, at Coleman.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Rider College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Zeta Honor Society. He earned his Master of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a licensed CPA.

Solomon joined The Coleman Company, Inc., as Vice President Administration and Chief Financial Officer in May 2005; and was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Administration and CFO in November 2006. He was named interim CEO at Coleman on Sept. 14, 2007.

“I am excited about where our Coleman team can take this truly historic company,” Solomon said. “We are focused on expanding Coleman’s exceptionally powerful camping base to deliver innovative products to consumers wherever they play outdoors.”

As an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, The Coleman Company, Inc., helps people have fun and make memories by providing the gear integral to their favorite outdoor experiences. The company’s products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under its Coleman® and Exponent® brands. Additionally, the company provides flotation devices, towables, rainwear, waders, hunting and fishing gear, and safety and survival equipment under its Stearns®, Sevylor®, Sospenders®, Hodgman®, Mad Dog Gear®, Nevin® and Helium® brands. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and can be found online at Consumers can call 800-835-3278 or e-mail for general information or for Coleman and Exponent products. For all other brands, call 800-328-3208 or e-mail

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Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bicycle®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Dicon®, First Alert®, Forster®, Hoyle®, Java Log®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Leslie-Locke®, Loew-Cornell® and Pine Mountain®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Harmony®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain™; and Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, Berkley®, Campingaz®, Coleman®, Fenwick®, Gulp®, JT®, K2®, Marker®, Marmot®, Mitchell®, Penn®, Rawlings®, Shakespeare®, Stearns®, Stren®, Trilene®, and Volkl®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden has over 25,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit
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