MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - Mar 14, 2014) - ValueVision Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVTV) ("ValueVision"), a multichannel electronic retailer via TV, Internet and mobile, today announced the appointment of Landel C. Hobbs and Lowell W. Robinson to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. With the appointment of Messrs. Hobbs and Robinson, the ValueVision Board now consists of eight directors, seven of whom are independent.
"We are very pleased to welcome two extremely accomplished and independent directors to ValueVision's Board," said Randy Ronning, ValueVision's Chairman. "Both Landel and Lowell are dynamic, change-oriented individuals with excellent track records of performance in fields that are highly relevant to our business. Landel's deep operating and management experience in cable and Lowell's broad based marketing and strategic background, as well as his vast public company Board experience, will complement our existing Board's skills and further support our successful execution of ValueVision's strategy. On behalf of the Board, we look forward to working closely with Landel and Lowell as we continue to build value for our shareholders."
Landel C. Hobbs brings 18 years of experience in the media and telecommunications sectors, including financial, strategic and operational leadership roles. Most recently, Mr. Hobbs was Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable, where he led a major operational reorganization. While at Time Warner, Mr. Hobbs relaunched the company's commercial line of business in 2009, and was responsible for Time Warner Cable's rebranding efforts and its creation of proprietary customer segmentation, pricing architecture and yield management. Mr. Hobbs will serve on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Lowell W. Robinson brings extensive public company experience and a deep understanding of the Internet, media, consumer and retail industries. In his career, Mr. Robinson has held senior global financial leadership positions at Citigroup Inc. and Kraft Foods, and has been Chief Financial Officer of several public companies including ADVO, HotJobs.com and MIVA, and has provided transformational management at both board and operational levels. He has also served on a variety of public company boards, including The Jones Group, International Wire Group, Inc., and Edison Schools Inc. In his capacity as a public company director, he has served as chair of compensation and audit committees. Mr. Robinson is also a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Mr. Robinson will serve on the Finance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Messrs. Hobbs and Robinson are expected to stand for re-election at ValueVision's 2014 Annual Meeting.
About Landel C. Hobbs
Mr. Hobbs is currently Chief Executive Officer of LCH Enterprises LLC, a consulting firm that operates in the broader telecommunications and media space. Mr. Hobbs previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable ("TWC") from 2005 until the end of 2010 and was Chief Financial Officer of TWC from 2001 until 2005. He served as Vice President of Financial Analysis and Operations Support for all divisions of AOL Time Warner from September 2000 until October 2001. Mr. Hobbs also served in various positions, including Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. from 1993 until 2000. Before joining Turner in 1993, he served as Senior Vice President and Audit Director of Banc One Illinois Corporation and Senior Manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is Lead Director of Allconnect and a current Trustee of the National 4H Council and The Dyslexia Resource Trust. He was previously Chair and a Director of CSPAN, a Trustee of Women in Cable Television (WICT), and a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Member. Mr. Hobbs earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University.
About Lowell W. Robinson
Mr. Robinson served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of MIVA, Inc., an online advertising network, from August 2007 through March 2009. He joined MIVA in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. He had previously served as the President of LWR Advisors from 2002 to 2006 and as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at HotJobs.com from 2000 to 2002. He previously held senior financial positions at Advo, Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Kraft Foods, Inc. Mr. Robinson also serves as a director of The Jones Group and has served on the Board of Directors of Local.com Corporation from 2011 to 2012, the Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin School of Business from 2006 to 2010, the Board of Directors of International Wire Group, Inc., from 2003 to 2009, and the Board of Directors of Independent Wireless One, Diversified Investment Advisors and Edison Schools Inc. He is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Mr. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
About ValueVision Media
ValueVision Media, Inc. is a multichannel retailer, operating as ShopHQ, that enables customers to shop and interact via TV, phone, Internet and mobile in the merchandise categories of Home & Consumer Electronics, Beauty, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Accessories, and Jewelry & Watches. ValueVision's television network reaches over 86 million cable and satellite homes and is also available nationwide via live streaming at www.shophq.com. Please visit www.shophq.com/ir for more investor information.
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