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:
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.