CHICAGO, March 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com Inc. (NYSE : CARS ) ("Cars.com" or the "Company"), a leading online automotive marketplace, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") will appoint Michael Kelly, Bryan Wiener and an additional independent director, to be mutually agreed upon by Cars.com and Starboard Value LP ("Starboard"), to the Board promptly following the Company's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting"). With the addition of these directors, the Board will comprise 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.
"We are pleased to welcome Mike and Bryan to the Cars.com Board of Directors," said Scott Forbes, Chairman of the Board. "Since becoming an independent publicly traded company, we have augmented a strong core leadership team with high caliber expertise both on the Board and within management. We look forward to building upon our successes achieved to date, and exploring additional ways to deliver sustainable growth and shareholder value with the qualified and relevant perspectives of our expanded Board."
Jeff Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard, said, "We are pleased to have worked constructively with the Board to reach a resolution that will bring the additional insights of three new highly qualified independent directors. Cars.com is an industry-leading company, and we believe there are significant opportunities for value creation. We look forward to working with the Board and management team to achieve our common goal of enhancing shareholder value."
Cars.com and Starboard have entered into an agreement under which Starboard will support the Company's full slate of directors at the Annual Meeting and abide by customary standstill provisions and voting commitments. The complete agreement will be filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K.
J.P. Morgan is serving as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal advisor to Cars.com.
About Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kelly Newman Ventures, an advisory and investment firm. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Channel Companies, a leading weather-focused media and technology company. Prior to that, he served as the President of AOL Media Networks where he pioneered the media network strategy through a number of successful acquisitions such as Advertising.com and Third Screen Media. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Kelly served as President of the Global Marketing group at Time Warner and from 2000 to 2002, as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Town Network. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Quantcast Corporation, American Town Network, and Dianomi. Previously, Mr. Kelly served on the Boards of Directors of Bankrate, Inc. and MediaMind. He also previously served as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of ColSpace Corporation and Unruly Group Limited. Mr. Kelly currently serves on the Board of the American Advertising Federation and the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center in Atlanta, and he is a founding member of The Kelly Gang. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Political Science.
About Bryan Wiener
Bryan Wiener has served as the Executive Chairman of 360i, a leading digitally led advertising agency, since February 2014. He previously served as 360i's Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2013. Prior to 360i, Mr. Wiener was the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Innovation Interactive, the privately held parent company of 360i and digital media SaaS provider IgnitionOne. Prior to that, he held a series of other senior management positions, including as President of Net2Phone Global Services and as General Manager at theglobe.com. Mr. Wiener also previously served as the Chairman of Expion, a social content optimization and analytics software SaaS company. Mr. Wiener currently serves on the Board of Directors of comScore, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for Interactive Advertising Bureau trade association and the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. Mr. Wiener holds an M.B.A from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. from Syracuse University.
Cars.com™ is a leading two-sided digital automotive marketplace that creates meaningful connections between buyers and sellers. Launched in 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, the company empowers consumers with resources and information to make informed buying decisions around The 4Ps of Automotive Marketing™: Product, Price, Place and Person, by connecting advertising partners with in-market car shoppers and providing data-driven intelligence to increase inventory turn and gain market share. A pioneer in online automotive classifieds, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting thousands of local dealers across the country with millions of consumers. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile features and intelligence, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of pricing and research tools, and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, Cars.com is transforming the car shopping experience.
Cars.com properties include DealerRater®, Auto.com™, PickupTrucks.com® and NewCars.com®. For more information, visit www.Cars.com.
About Starboard Value LP
Starboard Value LP is a New York-based investment adviser with a focused and differentiated fundamental approach to investing primarily in publicly traded U.S. companies. Starboard invests in deeply undervalued companies and actively engages with management teams and boards of directors to identify and execute on opportunities to unlock value for the benefit of all shareholders.
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