Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has six members. The members will serve until the next Annual Stockholders Meeting.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores directors are as follows:
William R. Harker
Mr. Harker has been a Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SHO since August 2012. Since April 2013, he has served as the co-founder and President of Áshe Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm. He founded The Harker Group LLC, a consulting firm, in August 2012 and served as its principal until April 2, 2014. He also served as an officer of Sears Holdings Corporation from September 2005 until August 2012.
From February 2011 until June 2012, Mr. Harker was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ESL Investments, Inc. He joined Sears Holdings as Vice President and Chief Counsel in September 2005 and became Vice President, Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in January 2006. In April 2006, Mr. Harker was elected Senior Vice President, Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He served as Sears Holdings’ General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from December 2006 to May 2010 and also served as its Senior Vice President, Human Resources, from February 2008 to August 2009.
Prior to his employment with Sears Holdings, Mr. Harker practiced law with the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz from September 2000 to August 2005. Mr. Harker has been a Director of Sears Canada Inc. since November 2008. He has served on the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation since June 2010. Mr. Harker brings a wealth of business and legal knowledge to the Board having held numerous senior business and legal roles.
James F. Gooch
Mr. Gooch has been a Director of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. since March 2013. He also serves as the Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Gooch was employed by RadioShack Corporation, an electronics retailer, as its President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2011 to October 2012, as its President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 to May 2011 and as its Chief Financial Officer from August 2006 to January 2011.
Prior to his employment with RadioShack Corporation, Mr. Gooch was employed by Helene Curtis (a personal-care and beauty-products company), The Quaker Oats Company (a food-products company), Kmart Corporation (a retailer) and Sears Holdings Corporation. Mr. Gooch brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience, knowledge and understanding about retail and consumer-product businesses.
Mr. Bird has been a Director of SHO since October 2012. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Sears Canada Inc., a retailer, a position he has held since March 2013. Prior to joining Sears Canada Inc., Mr. Bird was a private investor.
Mr. Bird is also the President of Overflow Ministries, a not-for-profit organization, and has held this position since October 2003. Mr. Bird served as an analyst for Levine Investments, an investment partnership with public and private investments, from July 2002 to February 2010 and as Chief Financial Officer of ESL Investments, Inc. from September 1991 to June 2002.
Mr. Bird was as a director of Sears Canada Inc. from May 2006 until September 2013 and a director of GWR Global Water Resources Corp., a water resource management company, from December 2010 until May 2013. Mr. Bird brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the Board and has extensive expertise with respect to financial matters.
Mr. Flug is currently President, with Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC, an exclusive chain of restaurants. He was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Millennium Promise Alliance, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate extreme global poverty, from April 2006 to June 2008.
Mr. Flug was Managing Director and Head of North American Institutional Sales at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from May 2000 to April 2006. From August 1988 to May 2000, Mr. Flug was Managing Director for Goldman Sachs & Co. in its Fixed Income Division.
He has been a Director of PennantPark Investment Company since February 2007 and of PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. Since October 2010. Mr. Flug brings to the Board broad expertise in investment banking, fixed income investing, accounting and business operations.
Mrs. Linden founded and has been the managing member and principal of Linden Global Strategies LLC, a New York-based SEC registered investment management firm working with sophisticated US and international clients, since September 2011.
From September 2010 to July 2011, she held an Adjunct Professor position in the Finance department of Columbia Business School. In November 2008, Mrs. Linden retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Partner and Managing Director after having been with the firm for more than 25 years, where she held a variety of roles, including Managing Director and Regional Manager of the New York office for Private Wealth Management, head of Global Equities Compliance, and an Advisor to GSJBWere, Australia.
She is currently a trustee, and serves as chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer, of Collegiate School in New York, New York and acts as financial advisor to The Prince of Wales Foundation. Mrs. Linden brings extensive knowledge of capital markets and other financial matters to the Board from her 25-year career with Goldman Sachs. She has served as a Director of Bally Technologies, Inc. since April 2011.
W. Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Johnson is responsible for the general supervision and direction of the company's operations and the establishment of corporate policy and strategy. He reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Johnson served as Executive Vice President, Off Mall Businesses and Supply Chain for Sears Holdings Corporation. In that capacity, he was responsible for the operations of the Outlet and Hometown stores, as well as the Automotive business. In addition, Mr. Johnson directed the Supply Chain business unit, including Sourcing, Inventory and Space Management, Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Center operations.
Mr. Johnson served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation from February 2008 to February 2011. He joined Kmart in October 2003 as senior vice president, supply chain and operations.
Before joining Kmart, Mr. Johnson was Director, Organization and Systems and a member of the Management Board of Carrefour SA. Prior to Carrefour, he served in a variety of leadership positions at Colgate-Palmolive Company, including Vice President, Information Technology and Technology Operations; Vice President, Marketing; and Director, Information Technology. Mr. Johnson also served as an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton and as a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen & Company.
Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago which includes roles on the CMMC/CMH Board and the finance committee. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School.