The Spiegel Group (Spiegel, Inc.) announced that its board of directors has named William Kosturos, a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, Inc., an international turnaround and management consulting firm, as chief restructuring officer. The appointment follows the decision by Martin Zaepfel to retire from his positions as vice chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2003. Mr. Kosturos will assume the additional position and duties of interim CEO on that date. Mr. Kosturos will work with the Company's senior management team to strengthen the Company's financial position and improve operations. The board has initiated a search for a permanent CEO.
Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Mr. Kosturos has helped numerous companies improve their operational performance and successfully navigate turnaround, restructuring and reorganization situations. His experience spans a range of industries, including: retail, consumer products, food processing, technology and utilities.
"We are delighted to have someone with Bill's depth of experience join our team," said Dr. Michael Otto, chairman of The Spiegel Group board of directors. "I am certain that his proven success in business restructuring will be very beneficial as we take steps to strengthen our Company's financial situation and position ourselves for a stronger future."
"On behalf of the board, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Martin for his hard work and dedication," continued Dr. Otto. "Martin's leadership was critical in guiding the Company for the past two years through a very challenging environment."
About the Company
The Spiegel Group is a leading international specialty retailer marketing fashionable apparel and home furnishings to customers through catalogs, nearly 560 specialty retail and outlet stores, and e-commerce sites, including eddiebauer.com, newport-news.com and spiegel.com. The Spiegel Group's businesses include Eddie Bauer, Newport News, Spiegel Catalog and First Consumers National Bank. The company's Class A Non-Voting Common Stock trades on the over-the-counter market ("Pink Sheets") under the ticker symbol: SPGLA. Investor relations information is available on The Spiegel Group Web site at http://www.thespiegelgroup.com.
About Alvarez & Marsal
Alvarez & Marsal, Inc. (A&M) was formed in 1983 to provide specialized management and advisory services to underperforming and/or over-leveraged companies. A&M today has 170 professionals based in 12 locations serving the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information on Alvarez & Marsal, please visit www.alvarezandmarsal.com.
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