SPAR Group Announces the Appointment of Arthur B. Drogue to the Board of Directors
SPAR Group (NASDAQ: SGRP), a leading supplier of retail merchandising and other marketing services throughout the United States and internationally, today announced the appointment of Mr. Arthur B. Drogue to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Drogue's Board appointment will become effective on January 1, 2013, when he also will become a member of the Board's Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance Committee. Additionally, the Company announced the retirement of Mr. Jerry Gilbert as a director of the Company, effective December 31, 2012.
Arthur B. Drogue most recently was Senior Vice President of Customer Development for the Americas at Unilever. Prior to that, he led Unilever's U.S. Customer Development organization through eight years of outstanding growth and earnings success while merging five separate companies into one of the world's preeminent Consumer Packaged Goods companies with over $45 billion in annual sales. His previous professional experience includes senior management positions at Best Foods, Nabisco, Northeastern Organization [NEO] Inc., and General Mills. Mr. Drogue has held positions on several corporate and industry boards and has received numerous awards for his achievements. Mr. Drogue earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Stetson University and completed an Executive Management Program at Cornell.
"Management is extremely pleased with the addition of Mr. Drogue to our Board of Directors," stated Mr. Gary Raymond, CEO and President of the SPAR Group. "We believe that his industry knowledge, strategic relationships and previous board experience will continue to support our growth initiatives as we expand our global footprint."
"Mr. Drogue's appointment will coincide with the retirement of Mr. Jerry Gilbert, whom has served dutifully on SPAR's Board of Directors since 2001," stated Mr. Robert Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "As a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance Committee, Mr. Gilbert's leadership and insight were valuable assets to the Company. We wish him well on his retirement and thank him for his many years of successful service."
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