PITTSBURGH, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products, is pleased to announce that Jenn Brown, two-time Emmy Award-winning sports journalist, has joined the GNC LiveWell team as its newest brand ambassador.
"Having been an student athlete throughout my life, participating as an honor student in diving, volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field in high school and as a NCAA softball player at the University of Florida, I know and understand the value of education, health and nutrition," said Ms. Brown. "Being part of the GNC team, I am looking forward to continuing my efforts to inform, educate and inspire fellow fitness enthusiasts on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle."
Jenn is the latest female athlete to join GNC's brand ambassador team following the August 22 announcement of Nora Tobin. Together, they will educate aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts on living a healthy, athletic life – and how GNC products can help enhance and support those goals – through the use of social media, video, appearances and marketing materials.
"At GNC, we find people like Jenn Brown an inspiration," said Jeff Hennion, EVP - Chief Marketing Officer & e-Commerce at GNC (@jeffhennion). "Jenn's extensive background in sports and media, both as an athlete, journalist and Under Armour® model, will help our GNC team deliver our Live Well message to millions of fellow health enthusiasts."
About Jenn Brown
Jenn Brown is a two-time Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster for ESPN. In February 2010, she joined ESPN full time as a reporter for College GameDay, a sideline reporter for ESPN's Thursday prime-time college football games as well as a Los Angeles-based bureau reporter.
In those roles, Jenn serves as a sideline reporter for ESPN and ABC's college football and basketball games, a feature reporter for both football and basketball College GameDay programs, a live event reporter for ESPN's Winter and Summer X Games as well as contributes reports and interviews for ESPN's news-gathering operation for SportsCenter. She also co-hosts ESPNU's RoadTrip which covers the biggest college football and basketball rivalry games.
Prior to joining ESPN full time, Jenn worked for Showtime Sports as the first ever female correspondent on Inside the NFL. She was also a reporter for its boxing and mixed martial arts programing from 2008-2010. In the summer of 2009, Jenn co-hosted ABC's prime-time show The Superstars where athletes and celebrities paired up and competed against each other in sports competitions. In 2008, Jenn was a host at E! Entertainment working on their online news show E! News Now. In her role at E!, Jenn also appeared as an entertainment correspondent on CNN Showbiz Tonight along with Chelsea Lately.
Jenn got her start in television by hosting and producing travel shows for Bennett Productions in 2004. For 3 1/2 years she traveled to over 25 countries, taking viewers along on her many bold and electrifying adventures. She swam with sharks in Bora Bora, hang glided over the beaches in Brazil, paraglided off a mountain in Alaska, spent 2 weeks on a safari in Africa, cave dived in the Cenotes, swam with alligators in the Everglades, hung with the KGB in Russia, drove a Bugatti across the country in the Great America Run, drank 150 year old wine in the Ukraine, ran a 5K in Barcelona, watched Teahupoo surf contest in Tahiti from a helicopter, took surf lessons in Costa Rica, walked the red carpet at Cannes and watched the Monaco Grand Prix from a yacht in the harbour. Needless to say Jenn is a bit of an extremist...and she loves every minute of it.
Over her career Jenn has been seen on ESPN, ABC, CBS, Showtime, E!, CNN, CMT, Versus and HDNet.
GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC".
As of June 30, 2011, GNC has more than 7,400 locations, of which more than 5,700 retail locations are in the United States (including 906 franchise and 2,075 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 50 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. Their broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Women's Ultra Mega®, GNC Wellbeing®, Pro Performance® and Longevity Factors®, and under nationally recognized third party brands.
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