DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FTD Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTD) (“FTD” or the “Company”), a premier floral and gifting company, today announced the appointment of Simha Kumar as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective August 1, 2017. Mr. Kumar will lead FTD’s U.S. consumer businesses – FTD.com, ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, and Personal Creations – and provide enterprise leadership as the Company completes its ongoing strategic review and embarks on its future plans. He will report directly to John Walden, FTD’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“I am very pleased to welcome Simha to FTD,” said Mr. Walden. “He has built a track record of successful growth in ecommerce businesses, with particular strengths in customer-driven analytics, along with extensive turnaround and operating leadership experience. He will be a valuable partner as we shape and execute an ambitious strategic agenda.”
Mr. Kumar commented, “I believe we have a tremendous opportunity across FTD’s business for future growth. I am excited to begin working with FTD’s employees and partners to position the Company for success.”
Mr. Kumar has over 18 years of experience in e-commerce and consumer facing industries. Mr. Kumar joins FTD from Sears Holding Corporation where he served as President of the Toys, Sporting Goods and Fitness retail divisions from December 2014 to July 2017, with operations across approximately 1,700 retail stores and online channels. At Sears Holdings he also served as Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive in 2014 where he led the execution of efficiency actions including pricing, promotional effectiveness and process improvements to drive margin expansion. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Kumar held key leadership roles at Amazon.com, including Category Leader, Consumer Electronics (Audio, Accessories and Headphones) and Category Leader, Consumer Electronics (Musical Instruments) where he led merchandising, operations, marketing and financial planning for these categories and developed innovative technology tools for improved customer interaction and experience. Mr. Kumar worked at JPMorgan Chase from 2005 to 2011, serving as the Director of the Corporate Strategy group as well as the Director of Marketing for the Cards and Payments Division. Earlier in his career, he held positions as an Associate at McKinsey & Company, Manager of E-commerce for Bluespark, Inc., a technology start-up based in Canada, and Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities.
Mr. Kumar holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University, Ontario, Canada, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
About FTD Companies, Inc.
FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of brands, we provide floral, specialty foods, gifts and related products to consumers primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. We also provide floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. FTD has been delivering flowers since 1910 and the highly-recognized FTD® and Interflora® brands are supported by the iconic Mercury Man logo®, which is displayed in nearly 35,000 floral shops in over 125 countries. In addition to FTD and Interflora, our diversified portfolio of brands includes the following trademarks: ProFlowers®, ProPlants®, Shari's Berries®, Personal Creations®, RedEnvelope®, Flying Flowers®, Flowers Direct™, Ink Cards™, Postagram™ and Gifts.com™. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information, please visit www.ftdcompanies.com.
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