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Blockbuster again urges ‘no’ on board activist

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas As part of the continuing coverage of Blockbuster’s upcoming June 24 shareholder vote, Blockbuster said Monday that two more proxy advisory firms support its position that its shareholders should not elect activist investor Gregory S. Meyer to its board.

Proxy Governance and Egan-Jones Proxy Services said Meyer’s strengths are not relevant to the movie-rental company’s needs at this time and he would be a distraction on the board, according to Blockbuster. Meyer founded a DVD rental kiosk business called DVDXpress, which he sold to Redbox operator Coinstar.

Meyer has argued that Blockbuster doesn’t have a practical strategy for dealing with competition. He is trying to replace director Gary J. Fernandes.

Shareholders are scheduled to vote on board nominees during the June 24 annual meeting.

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Borders CFO adds COO to title

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders Group has announced that its Mark Bierley will now serve as Chief Operating Officer for Borders, in addition to continuing as Chief Financial Officer for Borders Group, the parent company of Borders.

 In his dual role of CFO and COO, Bierley now oversees finance, IT, merchandising planning and supply chain, as well as real estate and strategic planning. Rosalind Thompson has been named SVP human resources for Borders Group, effective July 6.

 

“Mark has been an exceptional CFO in what has been a difficult and change-heavy environment at Borders. He’s successfully led two financing programs that have strengthened the company’s financial position and he’s helped oversee the planning and execution of a number of key strategic initiatives. Mark is well respected in the financial community and has been vital in establishing ongoing positive relationships with our banking and vendor partners. I look forward to working with Mark in his new role where I know he’ll leverage both his knowledge and talents to rebuild the Borders brand,” said Borders CEO Mike Edwards.

Bierley started his career at Borders as manager, store inventory control in 1996 and was promoted a year later to director of inventory control. He was named VP financial planning and reporting in 2003, a post he held for four years before being named SVP finance in 2007. He was named EVP and CFO in January 2009.

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Borders CFO adds COO to title

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders Group has announced that its Mark Bierley will now serve as Chief Operating Officer for Borders, in addition to continuing as Chief Financial Officer for Borders Group, the parent company of Borders.

 In his dual role of CFO and COO, Bierley now oversees finance, IT, merchandising planning and supply chain, as well as real estate and strategic planning. Rosalind Thompson has been named SVP human resources for Borders Group, effective July 6.

 

“Mark has been an exceptional CFO in what has been a difficult and change-heavy environment at Borders. He’s successfully led two financing programs that have strengthened the company’s financial position and he’s helped oversee the planning and execution of a number of key strategic initiatives. Mark is well respected in the financial community and has been vital in establishing ongoing positive relationships with our banking and vendor partners. I look forward to working with Mark in his new role where I know he’ll leverage both his knowledge and talents to rebuild the Borders brand,” said Borders CEO Mike Edwards.

Bierley started his career at Borders as manager, store inventory control in 1996 and was promoted a year later to director of inventory control. He was named VP financial planning and reporting in 2003, a post he held for four years before being named SVP finance in 2007. He was named EVP and CFO in January 2009.

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