TORONTO, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC) announced today
that the Board of Directors of the Corporation has appointed E.J. Bird as
Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bird will continue to serve as a
Director of Sears Canada, a role he has held since 2006, and will step down as
lead director and member of the audit committee.
Mr. Bird attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he graduated summa
cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in
Accounting. He earned his MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in
California where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. In between degrees Mr. Bird
worked in the audit department of Price Waterhouse's Houston office. He has
worked extensively in the investment arena, is an independent director at
Global Water Resources Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona and at Sears Hometown and
Outlet Stores, Inc. of Hoffman Estates, Illinois and has most recently led his
own company business providing consulting services. He and his wife founded
Blue Ridge Christian Academy near Tigerville, South Carolina in 2003, where he
served as Treasurer of the school until this past January.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and associates of Sears Canada, I welcome
E.J. to the Sears Canada leadership team," said Calvin McDonald, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada. "E.J. not only brings experience in
the financial sector to the Company, but also a personal knowledge of the
business and our current initiatives having served as a director for the past
seven years. It's been of great benefit working with E.J. on the Board and
I'm excited to work with him on a daily basis."
"I have had the opportunity to work with E.J. in various capacities since 1999
and appreciate his willingness to become the interim CFO at Sears Canada,"
said William C. Crowley, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "E.J. knows the
people and the organization as a result of his service on the Board and will
be able to step immediately into the role."
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 181
corporate stores, 261 hometown dealer stores, 9 home services showrooms, over
1,500 catalogue and online merchandise pick-up locations, 101 Sears Travel
offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network.
The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise
catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
Contact for Media:
Vincent Power Sears Canada, Corporate Communications 416-941-4422
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