Eck and Philippin are the Class I Directors whose terms expire in 2014 and are nominees for re-election and Ms. Wittman is a Class I Director nominee for election to the Board of Directors.
and Philippin and Ms. Wittman would serve until the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are elected and qualified, or until their death, resignation or removal and Ms. Dillon, as a Class III Director, would serve until the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until her successor is elected and qualified, or until her death, resignation or removal.
Dennis K. Eck
Mr. Eck served as the Non-Executive Chairman of our Board from October 2003 to June 2013 and as our Interim Chief Executive Officer from February 2013 to July 2013.
From November 1997 to September 2001, Mr. Eck served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Coles Myer LTD Australia, one of Australia’s largest retailers.
Prior to that, Mr. Eck served in various other executive roles with Coles Myer, including as Chief Operating Officer and a director from April 1997 to November 1997, Managing Director of Basic Needs from November 1996 to April 1997, and Managing Director of Supermarkets from May 1994 to November 1996.
Prior to 1994, Mr. Eck served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of The Vons Companies Inc., as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President of American Stores, Inc., as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Food and Drug, as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of American Food and Drug, and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Acme Markets, Inc.
He also served in executive roles of increasing responsibility at Savon Drug Inc. and Jewel Food Stores.
Mr. Eck is currently a director of Securus, Inc.
In 2000, Mr. Eck
was named the Astute Business Leader of the Year in Australia by the Association of Chartered Accountants
The Board benefits from Mr. Eck’s ability to provide the perspective of an experienced Chief Executive Officer based upon his leadership at a large international corporation with operations worldwide.
Running a public company exposed Mr. Eck
to many of the issues facing public companies, including on the operational, financial and corporate governance fronts.
years of executive and managerial experience also enable him to bring demonstrated management ability at senior levels to the Board.
experience leading complex retail organizations with large employee bases has given him expertise in executive compensation programs, making him a valued member of our compensation committee and Chairman of our nominating and corporate governance committee.