DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FTD Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTD) ("FTD" or the "Company"), a premier floral and gifting company, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. T. Severts as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 10, 2017.
"I am very pleased to welcome Jeff to our team," said John C. Walden, FTD's President and Chief Executive Officer. "His diverse set of marketing skills and track record of success, with particular depth in customer and brand strategy, customer experience and analytics, make Jeff an excellent fit for FTD. He will be a great asset to the Company as we continue our strategic business review and embark on our ambitious plans going forward."
Mr. Severts commented, "I am excited to join FTD at this critical stage in its 107-year history. I look forward to working with the management team, member florists and other partners to drive growth and connect our brands with consumers."
Mr. Severts is a veteran marketer with experience across industries, geographies, and channels. Prior to joining FTD, Mr. Severts
served as the CEO of Ventris LLC, a boutique consulting agency which he founded in 2014, specializing in marketing strategy and customer data analytics. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Severts served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Ulta Beauty, a high-growth, $5 billion beauty retailer with over 990 stores across the United States. At Ulta Beauty, Jeff helped drive the company's dramatic growth through innovative digital marketing campaigns, enhanced CRM efforts, and a new national loyalty program. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Severts was the Chief Marketing and Services Officers for Best Buy Europe where he worked to revitalize the Carphone Warehouse brand and store experience. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Severts held various roles at Best Buy including Vice President and General Manager of Geek Squad and Vice President of Consumer and Brand Marketing. Prior to his roles at Best Buy, Mr. Severts served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Techies.com from 1999 to 2001 and held various marketing roles at General Mills, Inc. from 1992 to 1999.
Mr. Severts holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Master's in Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.
About FTD Companies, Inc.
FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our
diversified family of brands, we provide floral, specialty foods, gifts and related products to consumers primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. We also provide floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. FTD has been delivering flowers since 1910 and the highly-recognized FTD® and Interflora® brands are supported by the iconic Mercury Man logo®, which is displayed in nearly 35,000 floral shops in over 125 countries. In addition to FTD and Interflora, our diversified portfolio of brands includes the following trademarks: ProFlowers®, ProPlants®, Shari's Berries®, Personal Creations®, RedEnvelope®, Flying
Flowers®, Flowers Direct™, Ink Cards™, Postagram™ and Gifts.com™. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information, please visit www.ftdcompanies.com.
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