R. Richard Fontaine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GameStop Corp., commented, "With the addition of Jerry to our Board of Directors, we have put together a diverse group of outstanding executive leaders. In addition to their extensive business experience, our three independent board members, Stephanie Shern and Ed Volkwein (previously announced) and Jerry Szczepanski, will provide targeted insight and guidance in finance and control, marketing and advertising, and growth specialty retailing. With the appointment of Jerry to our Board, we have attracted an innovative retail executive serving the dynamic teen market, a demographic with significant overlap to many of our GameStop customers."
Mr. Szczepanski is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gadzooks (Nasdaq:GADZ), a 435-store, publicly traded, specialty retailer of casual clothing and accessories for teenagers. Dallas based Gadzooks, founded in 1983, does business in 40 states and is well known for its trend-spotting management and innovative merchandising.
Mr. Szczepanski holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he majored in mathematics, and an MBA from Marquette University.
Mr. Szczepanski will be the third of the independent directors constituting the Audit Committee of GameStop Corp.'s Board of Directors. He joins the two previously appointed members, Stephanie Shern and Edward Volkwein.
About GameStop Corp.Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), is the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer. The company operates 1,068 retail stores throughout 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, under the GameStop(R), Babbage's(R), Software Etc.(TM) and FuncoLand(R) brands. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property, GameStop.com, and Game Informer magazine, a leading video and computer game publication.
GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, and is also the industry's largest reseller of used video games. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise to more than 30 million customers.
General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Website: http://www.gamestop.com/investor-relations.
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