Fortune Brands names SVP, CFO home and security unit

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Fortune Brands announced that it has named E. Lee Wyatt as SVP and CFO of its home and security unit.

Wyatt was most recently EVP and CFOat HanesBrands. Prior to joining HanesBrands in advance of its 2006 spin-off, Wyatt served as a VP of Sara Lee and as CFO of Sara Lee branded apparel from 2005 to 2006. His previous executive leadership positions include serving as EVP, CFO and treasurer of Sonic Automotive and as VP administration and CFO of Sealy Corporation.

“Lee Wyatt is a talented and proven leader who is a terrific fit for Fortune Brands Home & Security,” said Chris Klein, president and CEO of Fortune Brands home and security. “As CFO at HanesBrands, Lee helped guide the company through its spin-off from Sara Lee, built a strong finance organization, and was instrumental in building HanesBrands’ reputation on Wall Street. Lee has a long track record of helping create shareholder value and we are excited to welcome him to the FBHS team as we prepare to become a standalone company and build on our considerable strengths.”

Klein also announced the appointments of executives to lead the company’s investor relations and corporate communications functions.

Brian Lantz has joined the company as VP investor relations for Fortune Brands home and security. Lantz also comes from HanesBrands where he was VP investor relations for the past five years.

Gary Ross has been named Fortune Brands home & Security’s VP corporate communications. Ross has served in key communications roles at CDW for the past 11 years, most recently as director corporate communications. He will join the company the week of June.

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