(Bloomberg) -- GameStop Corp. shares jumped after the retailer said Chief Executive Officer George Sherman will leave before the end of July, ending a tenure marked by a struggle to reverse declining sales and missed performance targets.The company’s board is looking for a replacement to “accelerate the next phase of the company’s transformation,” Grapevine, Texas-based GameStop said in a statement Monday. Sherman has held the position since April 2019.The shares rose as much as 11% in New York trading.The video-game retail chain has become a favorite of Reddit-reading day traders this year, sending the stock soaring several-fold. But it has struggled to pull out of a sales slump as the industry makes more games available for download and customers increasingly order gear online. GameStop missed both sales and profit estimates in its most recently reported quarter, despite getting a bump from new consoles.Read More: ‘Roaring Kitty’ Boosts GameStop Bet After Exercising OptionsActivist investor Ryan Cohen, recently named the company’s next chairman, is spearheading a turnaround at the retailer that will prioritize online commerce over physical retail. As part of Cohen’s overhaul, the company’s brought in new executives, including officers in charge of growth an technology.“GameStop appreciates the valuable leadership that George has provided throughout his tenure,” Cohen said in the statement. “He took many decisive steps to stabilize the business during challenging times. The company is much stronger today than when he joined.”Sherman earlier this month forfeited about 587,000 shares after failing to meet performance targets. He has also disposed of almost $12 million in stock to pay compensation-related taxes, according to a regulatory filing Friday.Read More: GameStop Stock Mania Is Making Its Turnaround Possible: Tae KimThe company’s shares have soared 721% this year through Friday and are up 3,070% in the last 12 months. The company is capitalizing on the gains by selling shares and said earlier this month that it may sell as much $1 billion in additional stock. The cash from these sales could help accelerate its turnaround plans.(Updates with shares in third paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
The chief executive of GameStop will resign as the video-game retailer continues to overhaul its top leadership.
The S&P 500 and the Dow were set to slip from record levels on Monday as investors looked to the first-quarter earnings season for hints that corporate America was recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coca-Cola Co rose 1% in premarket trading after the world's largest beverage maker trounced estimates for quarterly profit and revenue, benefiting from the easing of pandemic curbs and vaccine rollouts. "The market is waiting to see if blowout earnings in banks will continue to other sectors," said Thomas Hayes, chairman of Great Hill Capital.