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Roots Appoints Meghan Roach as Interim Chief Executive Officer

TORONTO , Jan. 3, 2020 /CNW/ - Roots ("Roots," "Roots Canada") (ROOT.TO), a premium outdoor lifestyle brand, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Meghan Roach as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Since August 2019 , Ms. Roach has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Roots. She is an accomplished corporate executive, and, since joining Roots, has been an integral part of the executive team. She also served on the Roots Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017. Ms. Roach replaces Jim Gabel who has left the Company, effective immediately.

"Meghan is a talented and experienced executive, and throughout her career she has delivered meaningful operational results and strategic insights," said Erol Uzumeri , Chair of Roots Board of Directors. "Since joining Roots, she has played a key role in driving major operational initiatives, drawing on her experience with prominent global brands. The Board believes that Roots requires renewed leadership to carry the company into its next phase – executing on profitable growth opportunities while enhancing operational efficiency. As the CEO search process takes place, the Board of Directors is confident that Meghan will be a capable and impactful steward of the company, and will provide decisive leadership along with incoming Chief Financial Officer, Mona Kennedy , and the rest of the executive team."

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Jim for his many contributions to Roots and wish him well in his future endeavours," added Mr. Uzumeri.

The Board of Directors has engaged a leading international search firm to undertake a process to identify a permanent Chief Executive Officer for the company.

Ms. Roach joins Roots from Searchlight Capital Partners, Roots largest shareholder. Prior to Searchlight, Ms. Roach was a member of the private equity investment team at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, after beginning her career with KPMG. She has an MBA with first class distinction from the University of Oxford , an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with first class distinction from Queen's University, and a CPA/CA designation.

"I look forward to continuing with Roots, as I am a passionate believer in the brand, " said Meghan Roach , Interim Chief Executive Officer, Roots. " My focus will be on working with our talented executive team to pursue profitable growth opportunities across our channels and geographies while also sharpening our operational efficiency to strengthen our bottom line results."

About Roots
Established in 1973, Roots is a premium outdoor lifestyle brand. We unite the best of cabin and city through unmistakable style built with uncompromising comfort and quality. We offer a broad range of products that embody a comfortable cabin-meets-city style including: women's and men's apparel, leather goods, footwear, accessories, and kids, toddler and baby apparel. Starting from a little cabin in Algonquin Park, Canada , Roots has grown to become a global brand. As at November 2, 2019 , we had 115 corporate-retail stores in Canada , seven corporate-retail stores in the United States , 114 partner-operated stores in Taiwan , 35 partner-operated stores in China , one partner-operated store in Hong Kong and a global eCommerce platform, roots.com. Roots Corporation is a Canadian corporation doing business as "Roots" and "Roots Canada".

Forward-Looking Information
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SOURCE Roots Corporation


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