Rent-A-Center has appointed Mark Speese to the CEO role and launched a new strategic plan developed to restore growth, improve profitability and maximize value by strengthening the core business in the United States while growing its AcceptanceNow business and leveraging technology investments.
Kari Kauniskangas, president and CEO of Fiskars Corporation, announced that he will resign from his position. The board of directors has appointed Teemu Kangas-Kärki interim president and CEO and president, SBU Functional. Kangas-Kärki is the deputy to the CEO and Fiskars’ COO.
Robert Davis has resigned as Rent-A-Center CEO and director effective immediately. Chairman Mark Speese, the company’s founder and former chief executive, will serve as interim CEO of the company until a permanent successor is named.
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Alden Global Capital revealed that it has purchased 7.9 million shares of Pier 1 Imports stock, taking a 9.5% stake in the company, and expressed a desire to become involved in directing the retailer’s business.