Katie Evans , Managing Editor, International Research
THOROFARE, N.J.Dec. 15, 2008 Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), a leading global manufacturer of technology-driven loss prevention, merchandising and labeling solutions to the retail and apparel industries, today announced the appointment of Robert N. Wildrick to its Board of Directors effective immediately. The appointment of Mr. Wildrick expands the number of Checkpoint Systems’ directors to ten, eight of whom are independent directors.
Mr. Wildrick has extensive experience in the retail marketplace. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., a position he has held since November 1999. Mr. Wildrick has been a Director at Jos. A. Bank since 1994 and Executive Chairman since April 2007. He was previously President of the Company from December 1999 to April 2007.
Mr. Wildrick was Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Venture Stores, Inc. from April 1995 to May 1998 and was Chairman of its Board of Directors from January 1996 to May 1998. From 1976 to April 1995, Mr. Wildrick was employed by Belk Stores Services in various capacities, including Corporate Executive Vice President for Merchandise and Sales Promotion, Chief Merchandising Officer, Senior Vice President (Corporate) and General Manager. Mr. Wildrick is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Pride of Baltimore and a former member of the Boards of Directors of The Fashion Association and Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Mr. Wildrick received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University and in 2006 received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lindenwood University.
“When you can attract someone with Bob’s outstanding leadership capabilities and significant experience in the retail and apparel industries to serve as a board member, you feel very fortunate,” commented George W. Off, Chairman of Checkpoint’s Board of Directors. “As Checkpoint moves forward to create lasting partnerships with its retail and apparel customers, the insight and guidance that Bob will provide will be invaluable.”
In commenting on his appointment to the Board, Mr. Wildrick stated, “After meeting with the directors and management of Checkpoint Systems, as well as doing significant personal research regarding the Company, I have found that this is truly a first class organization, with which I am honored to be associated. I will do my utmost to provide the Company with any assistance I can render in helping with its goal of constant corporate improvement and enhancement of shareholder value.”
Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is the leading supplier of retail shrink management solutions. Checkpoint`s global team helps retailers - and their suppliers - reduce theft, increase inventory visibility and provide consumers with greater merchandise availability through the Company`s rapidly evolving RF technology, expanding shrink management offerings and apparel labeling solutions. Checkpoint has more than one million RF devices installed in stores today and has secured more than 100 billion products. Scaling cost efficiently, Checkpoint`s solutions provide increased revenues and profits to a fast-growing community of successful retailers and a superior experience for their consumers. Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 3,900 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.checkpointsystems.com.
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