SOURCE: Summer Infant

Summer Infant

September 08, 2009 09:15 ET

Summer Infant, Inc. Announces Hire of Head of International

WOONSOCKET, RI--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - Summer Infant, Inc. ("Summer Infant" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SUMR) recently announced the hire and appointment of Denis Horton as Executive Vice President International. In this new position, Mr. Horton will be responsible for setting the strategies to grow the Summer Infant business outside of North America and developing the organization in support of this growth initiative.

A UK national, Horton has a wealth of experience to draw from as he heads up the Summer Infant International business going forward. With more than 25 years in international general management, he has built a successful career at companies such as Mattel, Fisher-Price, Safety 1st and Radica through the organic growth of strong brands and successful integration of acquisitions in European and other International markets.

"We are again pleased to announce the addition of another vital member to the Summer Infant senior management team," commented Jason Macari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Summer Infant. "As a former executive at a number of high level companies, Denis has extensive experience in the juvenile market and associated industries. We look forward to working with Denis and believe his contribution in this new role will be instrumental as we work to broaden Summer Infant's international presence and profitability. We continue to believe that building and investing in a solid management team is critical to executing our growth strategy in the years to come."

Supporting Denis in this initiative will be seasoned Summer Infant employees, as well as key new hires that will serve to complete the organization. Namely, Rachelle Harel will continue to run the International office located in the UK, also known as Summer Infant Europe (SIE), providing Operations, Product Development and Sales Support for the overall International business. With Richard Trott continuing to head UK sales, Summer Infant welcomes Valerie Leuzy as the new European Sales Manager based out of the International office and Queenie Lau as the new International Sales Manager based out of the Hong Kong office.

About Summer Infant, Inc.

Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Company is a designer, marketer and distributor of branded durable juvenile health, safety and wellness products (for ages 0-3 years), which are sold principally to large U.S. retailers. The Company currently sells proprietary products in a number of different categories, including nursery audio/video monitors, safety gates, durable bath products, bed rails, nursery products, booster and potty seats, infant bedding, bouncers, travel accessories, highchairs, swings and nursery furniture.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release that are not historical fact may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and the Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbor created thereby. These statements are accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "expect," "project," "will," "believes," "estimate" and similar expressions. The Company cautions that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include the concentration of the Company's business with retail customers; the ability of the Company to compete in its industry; the Company's dependence on key personnel; the Company's reliance on foreign suppliers; the costs associated with pursuing and integrating strategic acquisitions; and other risks as detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this presentation.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Joe Driscoll
    Chief Financial Officer
    Summer Infant, Inc.
    (401) 671-6922

    Cynthia Barlow
    Communications Director
    Summer Infant, Inc.
    (401) 671-6579

    Devlin Lander
    Integrated Corporate Relations
    (415) 292-6855