iRobot Names Julien Mininberg to Board of Directors

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in consumer robots, announced the addition of Julien Mininberg, former chief executive officer of Helen of Troy, to its board of directors. Mr. Mininberg brings a wealth of global consumer product experience in areas including sales, marketing, retail, finance, mergers and acquisitions, organizational restructuring, strategic planning and corporate turnarounds.

Mr. Mininberg has built and led domestic and international organizations in the consumer space for more than 30 years, consistently increasing profitability and positioning them for growth. He is seasoned in all aspects of the consumer goods industry and is known as a consumer-centric and people-first leader. Over the past ten years, Mr. Mininberg served as CEO at Helen of Troy, leading a successful transformation of the business and organization. He previously served as President and CEO of Kaz, which was later acquired by Helen of Troy. Prior to Kaz, he spent 15 years at Procter and Gamble, where he held various roles in general management and marketing. His public company board experience includes ten years on the board of directors at Helen of Troy and two years on the board of directors at SpartanNash. In addition, Mr. Mininberg is a senior advisor to the private equity firm L Catterton and serves on the board of advisors for Yale School of Management.

“Julien’s breadth of experience in building market-leading global brands, strong base in go-to-market strategy, and experience guiding organizations through transformation and restructuring efforts will be great assets for iRobot as the company re-orients toward profitability and growth,” said Andrew Miller, chairman of the board at iRobot. “We welcome Julien to the board of directors and are confident he will add significant value to our team moving forward.”

“iRobot is a pioneer in the consumer robot space, and I am thrilled to begin working with a board of directors and leadership team that represent such an iconic brand,” said Julien Mininberg. “I am excited to leverage my past experiences and consumer-focused leadership style as the company sets itself up for its next chapter and pursues many of the opportunities for profitable growth that lie ahead.”

iRobot also announced that Mohamad Ali will be stepping down from the company’s board of directors effective immediately having recently taken on a new leadership role at IBM. With today’s changes, iRobot’s board of directors is now composed of seven directors, six of whom are independent within the meaning of the director independence standards of Nasdaq and applicable rules of the SEC.

“We thank Mohamad for all the contributions he has made since joining iRobot’s board of directors in 2015, and we wish him the best on his latest endeavor,” continued Miller. “As Mohamad steps down, we are confident that the addition of Julien, and all of the experience he brings, will help ensure the board is well positioned for the future.”

About iRobot Corporation
iRobot is a global consumer robot company that designs and builds thoughtful robots and intelligent home innovations that make life better. iRobot introduced the first Roomba robot vacuum in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 50 million robots worldwide. iRobot’s product portfolio features technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. Working from this portfolio, iRobot engineers are building robots and smart home devices to help consumers make their homes easier to maintain and healthier places to live. For more information about iRobot, please visit