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Our Tribe’s Leaders

A culture of ownership that begins at the top.
Leadership in the WD-40 Company tribe

In a tribe, the elder tribe members impart knowledge gathered around a fire with the younger tribe members. Our tribe takes inspiration from that. The number one responsibility of our tribe's leaders is to share knowledge and encourage ongoing learning.

The WD-40 Company’s organizational structure is designed to provide for the financial growth of the company and to encourage professional growth of the tribe members.The elders of our tribe provide strategic guidance and the wisdom that comes from experience, though every WD-40 Company tribe member is empowered to make real-time decisions. We believe that is ultimately the key to our continued growth and mutual corporate success.

Tribal Leaders
Garry Ridge
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
“Our opportunity is clear. Our ability to achieve it comes down to the people who make it happen: our tribe.”

As chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of WD-40 Company, Garry Ridge is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships for the company.

Garry is passionate about the learning and empowering organizational culture he has helped establish at the WD-40 Company, and his vision and leadership have positively impacted the WD-40 Company in both measurable and immeasurable ways.

Garry joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and has held various management positions in the company, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 Company in over 50 countries. In 1997, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of WD-40 Company.

A native of Australia, Garry served in advisory roles for the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of governors of The San Diego Foundation, and the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration.

Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management, and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’ ”

Garry holds a certificate in Modern Retailing and wholesale distribution and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
A native Australian, Garry was a DJ for a radio station in Sydney, and rocked a sweet ’fro growing up. Garry has always been filled with restless energy and excitement about possibilities, and has a bit of a travel bug. He’s been to 62 countries, and is always looking to add to the list.
Steve Brass
Division President, Americas
“Although each region has its unique characteristics, we are all guided by the same strategy, vision and values and we all strive to create positive lasting memories in everything we do.”

As the division president of WD-40 Company’s Americas segment, Steve is responsible for overseeing all operations throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Steve has been with WD-40 Company since 1991 and has held in various management positions, including European commercial director, European sales director, director of continental Europe, country manager Germany and, international area manager.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company, Steve worked as an export sales executive at Temco, BICC Electronics where he managed Swiss, German and Austrian regions.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in the languages of French and German in 1988 and his Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School in 2003.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
A native of Yorkshire, Steve relocated his entire family to San Diego from Britain in 2016. Steve speaks German and French fluently but continues to struggle with American English. Steve looks forward to “breaking 100” now that he lives in a place where he doesn’t have to spend six months of the year obsessing about whether it's going to rain or shine.
Rich Clampitt
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
“The business of law isn’t all that difficult, but it does require daily effort to take command, with attention to detail and relentless pursuit of the truth. People don’t always like lawyers for all the questions we ask, but I’ll never stop asking questions.”

As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Rich has global responsibility for the company’s legal affairs and corporate governance. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company in 2014, Rich practiced law in San Diego for 32 years. He provided corporate and business counsel to the company for all of those years. In 1981, he joined Harmsen Carpenter Sidell & Olson, APC, which combined with Gordon & Rees LLP in 2000. At Gordon & Rees, Rich served as co-chair of the firm’s business practice group.

Currently, Rich serves as chair of the board of directors of Educational Enrichment Systems, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing state-funded and affordable quality early childhood education and development programs in San Diego County.

Rich received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Colby College.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
Rich has always enjoyed an active life. When he was 17, he and two high school buddies rode their bikes across the U.S. He's skiied at 75 ski areas in 11 states and six countries. He's climbed Kilimanjaro, kayaked in Torres del Paine, rafted the Futaleufú River in Chile, and has scuba dived off Kalimantan, Borneo in Indonesia. Clearly, he enjoys doing things most people can't do, in places most people can’t pronounce.
Mike Freeman
Chief Strategy Officer
“We are very focused, we execute well, and we are building our tribal bench. This is a Company that the tribe and I are deeply invested in.”

As chief strategy officer of WD-40 Company, Mike is responsible for understanding industry and consumer trends and behaviors that will affect the company in the next five to seven years.

Mike has been with WD-40 Company since 1990 in various management and leadership positions, including division president of the Americas segment, senior vice president operations, vice president administration and chief information officer, and director of North American marketing.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company, Mike worked in various marketing roles. He owned and managed a graphic design company and started his career as a systems analyst/programmer at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California.

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature in 1976 and his Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University in 1979. He received his Masters of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2012.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
Mike is very comfortable on stage. He did stand up comedy at The Comedy Store and other venues in the early 80s, and has performed as a pianist on three continents over 50 years. He’s also traveled to six of the seven continents. Antarctica awaits.
Geoff Holdsworth
Managing Director, Asia-Pacific
“Our growth comes not from just one area, and it’s not because of just one person. It’s a combination of the brand, the execution, the retail environment and being true to ourselves.”

As the managing director of WD-40 Company’s Asia-Pacific segment, Geoff is responsible for overseeing all operations throughout the Pacific Rim, Asia and Australia. Geoff also serves as a board member of WD-40 Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

Geoff joined the company in 1996 and assumed the role of managing director in 1997. He was responsible for overseeing the opening of the Company’s subsidiary in China in 2006. He lived in Shanghai for more than three years before returning to Sydney, Australia in 2009.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company, Geoff spent 16 years with Columbia Pelikan in various management positions within the organization.

Geoff was educated in Sydney at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
Geoff began his relationship with the gentleman’s game as a caddy at Roseville Golf Club in his native Australia. He later balanced that out by playing Representative Rugby for Sydney. Geoff is batting a thousand in job interviews since leaving school in 1987: he’s only had one, and it was for the WD-40 Company.
Bill Noble
Managing Director, EMEA
“Our tribe is collaborative. We encourage each other, we hold each other accountable for being better, and we have a lot of fun.”

As the managing director of WD-40 Company’s EMEA segment, Bill is responsible for overseeing all operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Bill joined WD-40 Company in 1993 and has held various management positions, including international marketing manager and director of operations. In these roles, Bill was responsible for overseeing the opening of the company’s Malaysian office and managing the Company’s Asian regional office in Kuala Lumpur. In 1996, Bill moved to the United Kingdom to assume the role of managing director.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company, Bill was with Dow Corning for nearly ten years in various sales and marketing management roles throughout Asia.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and mathematics. His postgraduate studies include marketing at Monash University and management at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
A man of the world, Bill knows when to order roti canai and when to order nasi goreng. He also knows the difference between a burgundy and a bordeaux, and enjoys them both with good friends. In fact, Bill believes you learn more about people between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., rather than 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among his many international skills, Bill has learned how to smile in many languages.
Jay Rembolt
Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
“We continue to make investments in research and development, brand protection, regulatory and quality assurance, and of course, our number one asset: our tribe members.”

As vice president, finance, treasurer and chief financial officer, Jay is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial operations, including the management of accounting, treasury, financial planning and reporting, investor relations and internal audit.

Jay joined WD-40 in December 1997 as manager, financial services and has held various financial leadership positions within the organization, including controller and vice president finance/controller. He assumed the role of chief financial officer in 2008.

Prior to joining WD-40 Company, Jay served in a variety of positions, including consulting roles in the tax practice of the public accounting firm Price Waterhouse LLP, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, from 1991 to 1997.

Jay has a Master of Science in Accountancy from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
Everything is typically smooth sailing for Jay. One time, though, he was on his way back from Catalina in a storm, and a wave dumped the boat on its side, sweeping Jay overboard. Thankfully, Jay was foresighted enough to have a harness on that was tethered to the boat. Yo ho ho.
Stan Sewitch
Vice President, Global Organization Development
“A leader is someone who is accountable for what other people do. And accountable for what their work experience is and accountable for providing them opportunities for development."

As vice president, global organization development, Stan is responsible for global oversight and leadership of the human resources function, with a primary mission to help prepare the company for its next 60 years of growth.

Stan has more than 40 years of experience as a line executive and business psychologist. Additionally, he has a strong entrepreneurial background, having founded several companies including KI Investment Holdings, LLC., HRG, Inc., Emlyn Systems, and Chromagen.

Stan currently serves as a member of the board of directors of KI Investment Holdings, LLC, HRG, Inc., Ridge Diagnostics and Sabia Inc. He served for six years as a director of the Corporate Directors Forum, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the quality and performance of corporate governance. His directorship experience ranges from start-ups to a $200M national manufacturer.

Stan received his Master of Science in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University, Long Beach and his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Diego State University. He has authored a weekly column for the San Diego Daily Transcript on matters of leadership, business and human development for more than ten years.

Things that don’t typically show up on a resume.
Stan kicks butt in two ways: he’s a bassist in the alternative rock band “Open”, and he’s a martial arts instructor with nearly 30 years of experience. Stan is also muy macho as an Argentine Tango dancer, and has made a pilgrimmage to the birthplace of Tango, San Telmo in Buenos Aires.
FUN FACT
Adding to its mystique, as with Coke and Pepsi colas, is the secret nature of WD-40 Multi-Use Product’s formula. Company officials say there are only a handful people who really know the formula, and only a couple who deal with it day to day.
One of the most interesting and exotic testimonials came from a bus driver in Asia who used the product to successfully remove a python snake that had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
A Florida man, whose boat was boarded by modern-day pirates, hit one of the would-be hijackers over the head with a can of WD-40 Multi-Use Product, knocking him off the boat and saving the day!
In 1992, a nude burglary suspect who had wedged himself in an air-conditioning vent at a cafe in Denver was extracted by the fire department with a large dose of WD-40 Multi-Use Product.
Originally created by rocket scientists, a certain Water Displacement product used in the aerospace industry was smuggled home by employees in their lunch boxes.
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