Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. appointed Robert E. Allen to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders. In addition to serving as a Director, Allen has also been appointed to the Audit Committee.
Allen qualifies as an independent director under Nasdaq Marketplace
Rule 4350 which requires a listed company to have an audit committee of at least three independent directors. Upon Mr. Allen's appointment, the Company received notification from Nasdaq that it had regained compliance with Rule 4350 and was therefore in compliance with all Nasdaq listing standards.
Allen was founder, and since 1982 has served as Managing Director, of Redding Consultants. His experience combines extensive management with over twenty years of consulting with McKinsey & Company, Inc. and Redding Consultants. His non-consulting experience includes having been Senior Vice President of Emery Worldwide (overnight airfreight) where he was responsible for international operations and U.S. sales and marketing. Previous to this, he served as Chief Marketing Officer of Genesco, Inc. (footwear, specialty retailing and apparel). Early in his career, Allen worked for Hans Schwartzkopf GmbH (personal care products) and Liggett and Myers (liquors and tobacco).
Allen serves on the Board of J. Roberts and Son, a UK manufacturer of luxury goods. He is also a former Board member of EDO Corporation, a defense contractor, Pioneer Companies, Inc., a manufacturer of Chlor Alkali and related products, Bic Corporation, an international consumer goods company and Goodwin Biotechnology, a manufacturer of monoclonal antibodies. As a Board member, he has served for over fifteen years on various Audit Committees and has been the Chairman of three Special Committees (Sale/Merger), two Compensation Committees, and one Governance and Nominating Committee.