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Ex-Walmart, Sears exec joins Conn's board


Conn's is adding two independent directors with deep retail expertise to its board.

The company announced that James Haworth and Oded Shein have been appointed as independent directors.

“Jim and Oded are proven leaders with more than a half century of combined retail experience,” said Theodore M. Wright, non-executive chairman of the board, Conn’s. “They add even greater depth to our Board as we continue implementing Conn’s strategic plan.”

Haworth and Shein are filling the vacancies created by the earlier retirement of Jon Jacoby in May and the resignation of Scott Thompson in September.

Haworth has more than three decades of retail experience including 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he rose through the ranks to COO from assistant store manager, and serving as EVP, president of retail services and transformation officer at Sears Holding Corp. He was also founder and president at Business Decisions Inc., a strategic product-marketing firm, and chairman, president and CEO of C.P. Lotus Corp., an investment holding company with retail interests in China. Haworth is a graduate of Central Missouri State University.

Shein combines more than 20 years of retail leadership with hands-on credit and risk management experience. He is currently EVP and CFO of Stage Stores, Inc., a Houston-based retailer that operates approximately 830 stores in small- and mid-sized markets under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage names.

“I am pleased Oded and Jim are joining our Board of Directors and know they will contribute to Conn’s continued growth and evolution,” said Norm Miller, president and CEO, Conn’s. “I look forward to working with them during this exciting time for the Company.”

Conn's is a specialty retailer currently operating over 100 retail locations in 12 states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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