John E. Kyees
Mr. Kyees has been a director since May 3, 2010 and was appointed Chairman of the Board on January 24, 2019. From February 2, 2017 through January 24, 2019, Mr. Kyees served as the Company's Lead Independent Director. From February 2, 2014 until May 31, 2014, Mr. Kyees served as Interim Financial Officer of the Company. In 2010, Mr. Kyees retired as the Chief Investor Relations Officer from Urban Outfitters, Inc., after serving as Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2003, Mr. Kyees was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of bebe Stores, Inc. Mr. Kyees is the lead independent director of the Board of Directors of Vera Bradley, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Kyees is also a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Arhaus Furniture, a privately-held retailer. Mr. Kyees previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Hot Topic, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and was a member of the Audit Committee and as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Teavana, a publicly-traded company. Mr. Kyees previously served as a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Rackwise, Inc., a publicly-traded company.
Mr. Kyees brings to the Board extensive executive level retail experience having served as Chief Financial Officer for several prominent retailers. His insight with respect to merchandising, operational activities and finance is an asset to our Board. Institutional Investor magazine selected Mr. Kyees as a top specialty retail chief financial officer on five separate occasions, evidencing his strong skills in corporate finance, strategic and accounting matters.