Industry News 8/15/2012

EMP: Zumiez Introduces Former Jo-Ann CEO to Board of Directors

Travis D. Smith, former CEO for Jo-Ann stores, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Zumiez, according to an SEC formed filed this week.


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On August 14, 2012, Zumiez Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Travis D. Smith to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Smith will serve as an independent Class II director, until the Company’s upcoming 2013 annual meeting of shareholders, at which Mr. Smith will be standing for re-election for a term to expire at the Company’s 2016 annual meeting of shareholders. Mr. Smith will serve on the Company’s Audit Committee.

Travis D. Smith, 39, is the CEO and President of Jo-Ann Stores. Mr. Smith began his career with Jo-Ann Stores in 2006 serving as the Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing. In February 2009, Mr. Smith was named Chief Operating Officer and added the duties of President in February 2010, then Chief Executive Officer in August 2011. Prior to his employment with Jo-Ann Stores, Mr. Smith held merchandising and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Fred Meyer Stores, a division of the Kroger Company, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Communications.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Smith and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Smith was selected as a director. There are no transactions since the beginning of the Company’s last fiscal year, or any currently proposed transactions, with the Company to which Mr. Smith was or is to be a party, in which Mr. Smith, or any member of his immediate family, has a direct or indirect material interest.