Hallmark names KCP&L executive as CFO

Jim Shay to replace Tim Griffith, who retires after 37 years

Aug 06, 2015, 17:38 ET from Hallmark Cards, Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Shay, chief financial officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power & Light, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc.  He will join Hallmark on September 8, 2015.

Shay will replace Tim Griffith who is retiring at yearend after 37 years at Hallmark; eight as the company's chief financial officer.

In his new role Shay will be responsible for providing strategic financial leadership, directing and overseeing all financial activities for Hallmark, and working closely with the executive leadership team analyzing and implementing major business initiatives.

"It is exciting to join a company with such a broad range of consumer-facing businesses," said Shay.  "This is a challenging time for any business, but I believe Hallmark is uniquely positioned to succeed because of the strength of its portfolio of trusted brands and the caliber of the Hallmark workforce."

Prior to joining KCP&L in 2010, Shay served as CFO for Northern Power Systems.  He also has served as CFO of General Electric's Environmental Services in Kansas City and as CFO of BHA Group Holding.  Early in his career he gained public accounting experience in the areas of manufacturing and engineering as an audit manager with KPMG Peat Marwick, and merger and acquisition experience as a managing director of Frontier Investment Banc Corp.

Shay holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kansas and is a certified public accountant.  He is a member of the Ballantyne Strong, Inc., board of directors, MRIGlobal board of trustees, University of Kansas Advancement board, University of Kansas School of Business advisory board, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executive Institute.

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and connect in emotional ways with others. In the U.S., innovative Hallmark greeting cards and gifts are sold through leading mass retailers, the network of Hallmark Gold Crown® specialty stores and online. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. Millions of households enjoy family friendly television programming offered by cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel and fast-growing Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark's Crayola subsidiary inspires artistic creativity in children through Crayola® crayons and markers as well as other innovative art tools, crafting activities and creative toys. Privately held Hallmark is based in Kansas City, Mo., and continues to be led by members of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details. Connect at Hallmark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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