Rosetta Stone Inc. Announces Changes to Board of Directors
Board to Consist of Eight Directors Following 2013 Annual Meeting of
ARLINGTON, Va. -- April 9, 2013
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based
language-learning solutions, today announced that Theodore J. Leonsis will
resign effective at the Rosetta Stone 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, and
Tom P.H. Adams and John E. Lindahl will not seek re-election to the Rosetta
Stone board of directors at the company’s 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.
A member of Rosetta Stone’s Board since December 2009, Mr. Leonsis was
instrumental in helping to bring Rosetta Stone President and CEO Stephen M.
Swad to the company and has been an important advisor as Rosetta Stone
transitions to a more online and cloud-based model. Mr. Leonsis is leaving the
Board to focus on his other businesses interests and investments, including
Monumental Sports and Entertainment which owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards,
NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the Verizon
Center; Revolution Growth, a speed up capital fund; SnagFilms, a company that
offers independent movies on demand; and Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN), where he
serves as interim co-CEO.
Currently serving as the non-executive Chairman of the Board, Mr. Adams has
been a member of the Rosetta Stone Board since January 2006. He served as the
company’s President and CEO from February 2003 until February 2012, when he
assumed the role of non-executive Chairman. During Mr. Adams’s tenure as CEO,
Rosetta Stone grew from a small, technology start-up into a global brand that
has changed the way the world learns languages. He was recently named to the
Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates, an investment company that
manages approximately $120 billion in global investments, and is not seeking
re-election to the Board due to his responsibilities at Bridgewater.
A Director since February 2006, Mr. Lindahl is Managing Partner of Norwest
Equity Partners, where he led Norwest’s investment in Rosetta Stone in 2006.
He will continue to oversee Norwest’s investments in Rosetta Stone and its
other portfolio companies.
Commenting on the departures, Mr. Swad, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone,
said, “All three of our departing Board members have made significant
contributions to the development and evolution of Rosetta Stone and we are
grateful for their services, advice and guidance over the years. Tom was
obviously instrumental in taking a small language technology start-up and
growing it into the world leader we are today, but that would not have been
possible without the investment and guidance offered by John and Norwest.
Finally, we would not be where we are today without Ted’s energetic and
insightful advice on how to transform the company. I am pleased to have worked
with them and believe that their impact on the company will be long lasting.”
Rosetta Stone has added three board members since December 2011: Marguerite W.
Kondracke, James P. Bankoff, and Mr. Swad. Following the departure of Messrs.
Adams, Leonsis and Lindahl, Rosetta Stone’s Board will consist of eight
About Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is
changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary
learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural
language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses,
government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta
Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like
English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili,
Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that
learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and
that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method
powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA,
and has offices in Harrisonburg, VA, Boulder, CO, Austin, TX, San Francisco,
CA, Seattle, WA, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Sao Paulo and Dubai.
“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd.
in the United States and other countries.
Rosetta Stone Inc.
Steve Somers, CFA
Vice President, Corporate Development, Investor Relations & Treasury
Sr. Director, Global Communications
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