Retail Industry Veteran to Lead Next Phase of GameStop’s Evolution
Grapevine, TX (March 21, 2019) -- GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed George Sherman as chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective April 15, 2019. Mr. Sherman succeeds Shane Kim, who has served as interim Chief Executive Officer since May 2018 and as a director since July 2011. Most recently, Sherman served as chief executive officer of Victra, the largest exclusive authorized retailer for Verizon Wireless products and services.
“We are very excited to welcome George to the GameStop team. His extensive retail leadership at several top brands including Advance Auto Parts, Best Buy, Target Corporation and Home Depot positions him as the right choice to lead GameStop for the years ahead,” said Dan DeMatteo, GameStop’s executive chairman. “Having recently conducted a thorough review of strategic and financial alternatives, we are at a critical juncture in GameStop’s evolution and, with George’s hiring and his proven experience, we are ready to move forward. While the board recently announced the initial steps of our go-forward capital allocation and shareholder return program, we look forward to supporting George as we accelerate the next steps in that plan, which include several exciting initiatives that have been in development and have the potential to improve the financial performance and profitability of our company. As George and our talented team finalize the blueprint for GameStop, we will continue to leverage our leadership position in the video game industry to discover new ways to support our loyal customers, while attracting new customers and serving their entertainment needs.”
Sherman added, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead GameStop, one of the leading and most recognized brands in the video game industry. I bring significant experience working with other retailers that have undergone large, successful transformations and look forward to leveraging GameStop’s industry position, history and brand. The team has already done extensive strategic work to identify and pursue new customer-centric opportunities that will further expand the culture of gaming in new and exciting ways. I look forward to leading our associates and believe that we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us to continue to fuel the passion of gamers around the world.”
In addition to being chief executive officer at Victra, Mr. Sherman also served as president and interim chief executive officer for Advance Auto Parts where he was responsible for more than 4,000 stores, merchandising, marketing, information technology, supply chain and commercial sales. As president of Best Buy Services, he led consumer services, small- and medium-business capabilities, channel partnerships and Best Buy for Business. Prior to Best Buy, Sherman ran the operations and home services divisions of Home Depot and spent 14 years with the Target Corporation in various leadership positions.
Sherman received his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and served as an Air Force officer for nearly seven years. He is an active community volunteer with veteran’s causes.
GameStop Corp., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game and consumer electronics retailer. GameStop operates over 5,800 stores across 14 countries. The company's consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; Game Informer® magazine, the world's leading print and digital video game publication; ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products; and Simply Mac, which sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services.
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