SOURCE: Peerless Systems Corporation

February 26, 2008 08:56 ET

Peerless Systems Corporation Announces Appointment of New Director/Chair of Audit Committee and Expansion of Board to Seven Directors

EL SEGUNDO, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Peerless Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: PRLS), a provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies and components to the digital document market, today announced that the board of directors has increased the authorized number of directors from six to seven and has appointed Steven J. Pully as director to fill the newly created position. Mr. Pully also will serve on and chair the Audit Committee, replacing Timothy Brog who previously held the position.

Mr. Pully is a consultant, working primarily in the asset management industry. From December 2001 to October 2007, Mr. Pully worked for Newcastle Capital Management, L.P, an investment partnership, where he served as president from January 2003 through October 2007. He also served as chief executive officer of New Century Equity Holdings Corp. from June 2004 through October of 2007 and remains a director of that company. Prior to joining Newcastle Capital Management, from 2000 to 2001, Mr. Pully served as a managing director in the investment banking department of Banc of America Securities, Inc. and from 1997 to 2000 he was a member of the investment banking department of Bear Stearns where he became a senior managing director in 1999. Mr. Pully is licensed as an attorney and CPA in the state of Texas and is also a CFA charterholder. He holds a B.S. with honors in Accounting from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree from The University of Texas.

Rick Roll, president and chief executive officer, said, "Steven's diverse professional background and public-company experience will be an invaluable resource to the board. In addition, his extensive knowledge of complex financial matters makes him ideally suited to chair our audit committee. We look forward to his contributions."

About Peerless Systems Corporation

Founded in 1982, Peerless Systems Corporation is a provider of imaging and networking technologies and components to the digital document markets, which include manufacturers of color, monochrome and multifunction office products and digital appliances. In order to process digital text and graphics, digital document products rely on a core set of imaging software and supporting electronics, collectively known as an imaging controller. Peerless' broad line of scalable software and silicon offerings enables its customers to shorten their time-to-market and reduce costs by offering unique solutions for multiple products. Peerless' customer base includes companies such as Canon, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lenovo, OkiData, Ricoh, RISO, Seiko Epson and Xerox. Peerless also maintains strategic partnerships with Adobe and Novell. For more information, visit Peerless' web site at www.peerless.com.

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The above risks, and others, are described in further detail in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2007, filed on April 13, 2007, and those described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2007, filed December 12, 2007.

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Peerless Systems Corporation:
    John Rigali
    Chief Financial Officer
    (310) 297-3146

    Investor Contact:
    Geoff High
    Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc.
    (303) 393-7044