INDIANAPOLIS, Feb 17, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer, hhgregg Inc. (NYSE:HGG) today announced that it will implement the Company's succession plan by naming longtime President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis L. May as the Company's new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in August. Current Chief Executive Officer Jerry W. Throgmartin will become Executive Chairman of the Board and continue to play an important role in shaping the Company's vision and strategy. The Company also announced that Chief Financial Officer Donald J.B. Van der Wiel is leaving to pursue other opportunities and that it will commence a search for a new Chief Financial Officer.
"I am very pleased to announce that Dennis will assume the role of President and CEO, implementing our anticipated succession plan," said Mr. Throgmartin. "I have worked closely with Dennis for the past 10 years and have tremendous respect for his abilities and confidence in his leadership and I look forward to continue working closely with him in my new role. As a significant shareholder with a family relationship that dates to the Company's founding 55 years ago, I am transitioning to this new role secure in the belief that I can effectively work with Dennis to continue to foster our unique culture and unmatched focus on providing superior customer service, while at the same time, maintain a disciplined, strategic approach to building hhgregg into the future."
Mr. Throgmartin also stated, "I would also like to sincerely thank Don for the contributions he has made to the Company and wish him well in his future endeavors. Don was instrumental in preparing hhgregg for its initial public offering in 2007 and our successful growth as a public company. We are fortunate to be making this transition following the recent completion of a successful quarter, with a strong financial position and with a deep and experienced finance team in place."
Dennis L. May joined hhgregg in January 1999, bringing a long history of video and appliance retail experience with him. During his tenure at hhgregg, he has worked closely with Jerry W. Throgmartin while serving as the Company's Chief Operating Officer. He has played an instrumental role in helping the Company expand, adding 23 stores over the last twelve months while maintaining profitability and a dedication to customer service.
"While the current economic environment remains challenging, I am excited by the many opportunities that lie ahead," said Mr. May. "Our strong brand, unique operating platform and unparalleled commitment to customer service positions us well for the future and we are dedicated to executing a strategy that will result in long-term growth and increased shareholder value. I look forward to continue working with Jerry in his new role focused on vision and strategy and with our incredibly talented team of professionals in the field and at the home office."
The Board of Directors also announced that it will commence a search for a new CFO. In the interim, Jeremy J. Aguilar, Vice President, Controller, will handle the CFO responsibilities while Mr. May will continue to maintain the COO responsibilities.
hhgregg (NYSE: HGG) is a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home appliances, mattresses and related services operating under the names hhgregg(R) and Fine Lines(R). hhgregg currently operates 108 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release are more fully described in the "Risk Factors" section in the Company's Form 10 - K filed June 3, 2008. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the time of this news release. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results described in these forward looking statements. hhgregg does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any of these statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of these statements to reflect future events or developments.
SOURCE: hhgregg Inc.
Andy Giesler, Director of Investor Relations, 317-848-8710
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