SKECHERS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LOS ANGELES – December 20, 2021 – Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company™, announced today that Zulema Garcia has been named to its Board of Directors and appointed to serve on the Company’s Audit Committee. In addition, the Company announced that four current members – Jeffrey Greenberg, Geyer Kosinski, Richard Rappaport and Tom Walsh – have resigned from the Board, bringing the total number of directors to seven. The resignations were not the result of any disagreement with the Company or any of its affiliates on any matter relating to the Company's operations, strategy, policies or practices.
Zulema Garcia is the Senior Vice-President of Internal Audit at Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company. Prior to joining Herbalife in October 2019, she was an audit partner at KPMG LLP, where she spent 24 years, most recently serving as the Deputy Professional Practice Partner of the South Region (Audit) KPMG One Americas and also served as an Audit Quality Support Partner and Diversity Co-Partner Champion (Audit). Ms. Garcia currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary’s University and the Board of Directors of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles.
“Thoughtfully considering all areas of our business – including our Board of Directors – is essential to the ongoing execution of our strategic plans and maintaining our position as a competitive force in this industry,” began Robert Greenberg, Skechers chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “Zulema’s wealth of experience both at a global consumer goods company and at one of the world’s leading accounting firms will provide Skechers a welcome viewpoint as we work to drive continued success for Skechers.”
Robert Greenberg continued: “Since Skechers was founded nearly 30 years ago and went public in 1999, we have grown into the third largest athletic lifestyle footwear company in the world.
We greatly appreciate the many years of valuable insight and expertise the resigning Board members have contributed to Skechers. As we move forward, we believe the fresh perspective of Zulema, as well as that of future members, will further diversify and complement our Board.”
The Skechers Board of Directors is now comprised of Skechers founder, chairman and chief executive officer Robert Greenberg, Skechers president Michael Greenberg, Skechers chief operating officer David Weinberg, as well as independent members Katherine Blair, Morton Erlich, Zulema Garcia, and Richard Siskind.
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories via department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through 4,170 Company- and third-party-owned retail stores and e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
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