Election of New Director
Effective October 10, 2012, Mr. Joseph M. Fortunato, chairman, president and chief executive officer of General Nutrition Centers, Inc., will join the Company as a member of its Board of Directors and will also serve on the audit committee.
“We are thrilled to have Joe as a member of our team,” stated Steve Stagner, president and chief executive officer of the Company. “We look forward to the insight that Joe will bring to the table from his deep experience in the retail industry, particularly as it relates to building a strong national brand.”
About Mattress Firm Holding Corp.
Houston-based Mattress Firm is one of the nation’s leading mattress specialty retailers, offering a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses from leading manufacturers, bedding accessories and related products.
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