Alderwoods Group, Inc.

Alderwoods Group, Inc.

July 07, 2005 17:18 ET

Cheryl Cooper Appointed to Board of Directors of Alderwoods Group

CINCINNATI, OHIO--(CCNMatthews - July 7, 2005) - Alderwoods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWGI) today announced the appointment of Cheryl R. Cooper to the Company's Board of Directors, effective June 24, 2005.

Ms. Cooper serves as Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Prior to joining NCNW, Ms. Cooper served as Chief of Staff for AARP where she was directly responsible for the organization's Office of Strategic Planning, Board Support and Executive Staff Office. During her 12 years with AARP she also served as Director of Audit and Advisory Services. Prior to joining AARP, Ms. Cooper served as the administrator of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation from 1986 to 1990. At various points during her 24-year career she worked for the Coastal Corporation and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Ms. Cooper graduated from Georgetown University with a B. S. in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. In October 2004, Ms. Cooper received the Samuel Halsey award from Georgetown University, an award that is given annually to an outstanding African American Alumnus.

"We are very pleased to have Cheryl Cooper join our Board of Directors. Her financial knowledge, community involvement and business experience make her an ideal addition to our Board," said Mr. Paul Houston, President and CEO of Alderwoods Group.

Company Overview

Alderwoods Group is the second largest operator of funeral homes and cemeteries in North America, based upon total revenue and number of locations. As of March 26, 2005, the Company operated 645 funeral homes, 76 cemeteries and 63 combination funeral home and cemetery locations throughout North America. The Company provides funeral and cemetery services and products on both an at-need and pre-need basis. In support of the pre-need business, the Company operates insurance subsidiaries that provide customers with a funding mechanism for the pre-arrangement of funerals.

Contact Information

  • Alderwoods Group, Inc.
    Kenneth A. Sloan
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 498-2455
    (416) 498-2449 (FAX)
    Alderwoods Group, Inc.
    Chaya Cooperberg
    Director, Investor Relations and Communications
    (416) 498-2802
    (416) 498-2449 (FAX)