Vapor Corp. Announces Reconstitution of its Board of Directors to form an Independent Board in compliance with its contractual obligation and in order to uplist to the Nasdaq Exchange; and the Appointment of its President, Jeffrey E. Holman, as its Chief Executive Officer
DANIA BEACH, Fla., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vapor Corp. (OTCQB:VPCO; "Vapor", the "Company" or "we"), a leading U.S. based electronic cigarette company whose brands include Krave®, VaporX®, Hookah Stix®, Alternacig®, Fifty-One®, EZ Smoker®, Green Puffer®, Americig®, Fumare™ and Smoke Star®, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has reconstituted itself to consist of five (5) members, a majority of whom each qualify as an "independent director" as defined in NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5605(a)(2) and the related NASDAQ interpretative guidance. The formation of an Independent Board of Directors is a requirement to uplist to the Nasdaq Exchange. The Company also announced that its President, Jeffrey E. Holman, has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. These actions are effective April 25, 2014.
Mr. Holman stated, "The variety and wealth of experience that our new Board Members bring to Vapor Corp. is invaluable. From both financial and strategic standpoints we have a Board that can continue to help us to successfully navigate the rapidly changing waters of this industry. I am extremely excited to be working with this group of extraordinarily intelligent and knowledgeable people."
Specifically, the Board's reconstitution consisted of the following:
- the Board elected each of Robert J. Barrett III, Angela Courtin and Frank E. Jaumot as a member of the Board to serve until his/her successor is duly elected or until his/her earlier resignation or removal from office. Mr. Barrett, Ms. Courtin and Mr. Jaumot each qualify as an "independent director" as defined by NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5605(a)(2) and the related NASDAQ interpretative guidance;
- Kevin Frija, and Doron Ziv, incumbent members of the Board, resigned;
- The Board elected Jeffrey E. Holman, an incumbent member of the Board, as Chairman of the Board; and
- the size of the Board was increased to and fixed at five (5) members from four (4) members.
After reconstituting the Board, the five (5) members of the Board are Jeffrey E. Holman, Robert J. Barrett III, Angela Courtin, Frank E. Jaumot and Ryan Kavanaugh.
Robert J. Barrett III, 69, has been in the finance industry for 43 years. Mr. Barrett has been Senior Investment Banker in numerous international transactions, including transactions for AT&T, Compagnie General D'Electricite, British Telecom, British Gas, British Airways, British Water and British Electricity, and has acted as Senior Financial Advisor for numerous governments, including the Treasury of the United States of America, the State of Israel, the United Kingdom and France, among others. He is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of Cross Keys Capital of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has been the Financial Advisor of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. He has been a Director of the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida and from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Barrett was Senior Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch in Florida. Prior to that Mr. Barrett was a Member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Securities Inc. in New York, London, Madrid, and Paris. Previously, he was in the Corporate Finance Department of Morgan Stanley. He is a member of the Bar of the States of New York and Maine. He also has been Chairman and Founder of the Columbia Law School Association of Palm Beach, Past President and present Director of the Georgetown University Club of Palm Beach, and Founder and Past Director of the Bar Harbor, Maine Historic Preservation Trust. In addition, Mr. Barrett is a Trustee of the Barrett Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine, past Director of the Senator George Mitchell Educational Institute, a past Director of Alnabak Enterprises Inc., the investment company of the Penobscot Indian Nation, a past member of the Business Review Board of the Technology Institute of the State of Maine, and the Maine Center for Innovation in Biotechnology, has been a Trustee of Husson University, Bangor, Maine and is a past Member of the Honor's Program Development Committee of the University of Maine. Mr. Barrett graduated from Georgetown College, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors) in 1966, Columbia Law School, Chief Justice Kent Court in 1969, and Harvard Business School, with Honors in Finance and Accounting in 1971. Mr. Barrett brings to our Board of Directors his extensive leadership and management experience, many years of service on the boards of other public and private companies and extensive experience with respect to corporate capital structures and capital markets, strategic planning, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Angela Courtin, 41, has been the President, Dentsu Aegis Network, US since 2011. Dentsu Aegis Network US businesses include Carat, mcgarrybowen, Isobar, Vizeum, 360i, Posterscope, D2D, PSLive, The Story Lab, Team Epic, Copernicus and iProspect. She brings a unique understanding of how content, digital assets and media can be leveraged in innovative ways to deliver results and value to brands, as well as marketing expertise to drive Dentsu Aegis clients' businesses forward. Previously, Ms. Courtin acted as Chief Content Officer for Aegis Media and President of The Story Lab, Aegis' content agency which she founded in 2012 to help clients reach and deepen connections with consumers by creating and leveraging content. Prior to that, Ms. Courtin was co-head of Integrated Marketing at MTV; led Marketing, Entertainment and Content at MySpace; and was an Associate Producer on the hit HBO series "Big Love." She was featured as one of Ad Age's "Women to Watch" in 2013 and The Business Insider's "30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising" in 2012. Ms. Courtin is a recipient of the Spears School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award and was named one of Oklahoma State University's top 50 MBA alumni of the past 50 years. She currently serves on the 4A's Content Committee, the Women's Entertainment & Technology Board of Digital Hollywood, the NewFronts Advisory Board, and is frequently recognized as a leading figure in the LGBT community. Ms. Courtin brings to our Board of Directors her extensive executive leadership and management experience, significant experience with respect to marketing, brand development, brand awareness, operations, people, strategic planning, and significant experience in integration of companies after mergers and acquisitions.
Frank E. Jaumot, 57, has been the Director of Accounting and Auditing for the certified public accounting firm of Ahearn, Jasco & Company, P.A. since 1991. From 1979 to 1991, Mr. Jaumot was associated with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Jaumot is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Ohio and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of MasTec, Inc., a NYSE listed company, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bimini Capital Management, Inc., a real estate investment trust, which he joined in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Jaumot served on the Board of Protective Products of America, Inc. and served as its Audit Committee Chairman. He is also a board member of Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc. (a not-for-profit charity) and previously served as its Treasurer. Mr. Jaumot brings to our Board of Directors his extensive experience in accounting, financial and internal controls, auditing and SEC reporting, many years of service as an audit committee chairman and board member of other public companies, and is considered an "audit committee financial expert" under applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
The Board reconstituted itself as described above in accordance with the Company's obligation to do so not later than April 27, 2014 under the Purchase Agreement dated as of October 22, 2013 by and among the Company and the investors referred to therein, pursuant to which on October 29, 2013 the Company completed a private placement of 3,333,338 shares of its common stock at a per share price of $3.00 for gross proceeds of $10 million.
Mr. Holman, a founder of the Company, succeeds Kevin Frija as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Holman will also continue to serve as the Company's President and as a director of the Company's subsidiary Smoke Anywhere USA, Inc.
Mr. Frija resigned from all his positions with the Company to devote full-time to his other business ventures. Mr. Frija stated, "I consider myself to be an entrepreneur. With his experience in the industry and skill set, I am extremely confident that Mr. Holman will lead Vapor Corp. to continued success. I remain a significant shareholder and friend to the company."
Mr. Holman stated, "I would also like to thank Mr. Frija for his many years of service to Vapor Corp, and for all that he helped it to accomplish."
Mr. Ziv, Co-Founder of the Company will continue to serve as an employee of the Company and as a director of the Company's subsidiary Smoke Anywhere USA, Inc.
For additional information regarding these matters, reference is made to the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K dated April 25, 2014, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2014.
About Vapor Corp.
Vapor Corp., a publicly traded company, is a leading U.S. based electronic cigarette company, whose brands include Krave®, VaporX®, Hookah Stix®, Alternacig®, Fifty-One®, EZ Smoker®, Green Puffer®, Americig®, Fumare™ and Smoke Star®. We also design and develop private label brands for some of our distribution customers. "Electronic cigarettes" or "e-cigarettes," are battery-powered products that enable users to inhale nicotine vapor without smoke, tar, ash or carbon monoxide. Vapor's electronic cigarettes and accessories are available online, through direct response to our television advertisements and through retail locations throughout the United States. For more information on Vapor Corp. and its e-cigarette brands, please visit us at www.vapor-corp.com.
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