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He's Back: Alden steering Skullcandy a bit

 Rick Alden © Skullcandy

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Skullcandy Founder Alden Steps in as Interim CEO

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 February, 2013 : - - Skullcandy, Inc.'s board of directors brought back Founder and former CEO Rick Alden as Interim CEO to replace President and CEO Jeremy Andrus, who is departing the company to join a private investment firm.

Alden will retain his position as a director, while Andrus is relinquishing his.  Andrus will serve as a consultant to the company over the next 12 months. The board is initiating a search for a permanent CEO. Skullcandy also reported today that it expects non-GAAP adjusted fully diluted earnings per share for 2012 to be at the lower end of the $1.00-$1.04 range the company provided on Nov. 1, 2012.

In addition to the previously disclosed settlement of litigation that the company recorded in the first quarter of 2012, which is expected to impact 2012 non-GAAP adjusted fully diluted earnings per share by 1 cent per share, the company also intends to exclude from its 2012 non-GAAP adjusted fully diluted earnings per share certain expenses that it anticipates recording in the fourth quarter of 2012 related to the bankruptcy filing of a major retail customer and expenses associated with the settlement of patent litigation totaling approximately $1.6 million, net of tax benefit, or 6 cents per diluted share.

Absent these adjustments, the company expects that its 2012 fully diluted earnings per share, calculated in accordance with GAAP, to be approximately 93 cents per share. The company expects its full year 2012 fully diluted weighted average common shares outstanding to be approximately 28.0 million. Skullcandy expects to report its full financial results on March 7, 2013 at which time it also expects to provide an outlook for 2013.

"The Board is delighted that Rick has agreed to return to his previous role as CEO on an interim basis," said Jeff Kearl, chairman of Skullcandy. As our founder and a member of the board, Rick created the vision and spirit that guides Skullcandy, and will help to make the changes necessary to continue improving financial performance and to enhance shareholder value.

On behalf of the Board I want to thank Jeremy for his significant contributions to Skullcandy over the previous eight years. Skullcandy would not be the company we are today without him and we wish him every success in his next endeavor."

Alden, who founded Skullcandy in 2003, added, "I am honored to play this role in the next chapter at Skullcandy. This company has been my life since founding it and I'm excited to come back in as we enter our second decade. I could not be more fired up to jump back in and get my hands dirty, especially around product development and geographic expansion. Jeremy has helped create a world-class operation and his leadership has resulted in numerous awards and recognition from our industry and customers for excellence in supply chain, sourcing, manufacturing, product development and logistics.

With an excellent team of skull-bleeding fanatics and this strong operational foundation, Skullcandy and Astro, our gaming brand that has become a highlight of the business, have an exciting future."

Andrus said, "I am incredibly proud of what Skullcandy has achieved. It was very exciting to join the company when it was little more than an idea and a dream, and to be part of growing it into one of the world's most popular consumer audio brands. I wish the team all the best as they move Skullcandy forward."

Rick Alden founded Skullcandy in January 2003 and until March 2011 served as Chief Executive Officer. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, selected as the Utah CEO of the Year in 2008, and was featured as Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2009. Prior to founding Skullcandy, in 1995 Rick co-founded Device Manufacturing, a snowboard boot and binding company, which was acquired by the Atomic Ski Company in 1999.

In 1986, Rick co-founded National Snowboard Incorporated, a snowboard events and marketing company, which was acquired by the American Ski Association in 1991. Rick also remains active in various entrepreneurial endeavors. He is the creator, co-founder and director of Stance, a high-growth action sports-inspired hosiery company, and a director of Celtek, an action sports apparel company. He holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado.

Source: Sports One Source

Author: The Editors

Tags: Skullcandy, Rick Alden, Music Accessories

Industry: Surfersvillage


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