Board Appoints Craig R. Ramsey, Interim CEO
LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) ("AMC") announced today that Gerry Lopez will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective August 6, 2015, to pursue another opportunity. The Board has appointed Craig R. Ramsey, AMC's Chief Financial Officer, as interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 7, 2015, to ensure a smooth transition.
Mr. Ramsey currently serves as AMC's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has served AMC for more than 20 years, the last 15 years of which have been in senior and executive leadership roles. Mr. Ramsey most recently led AMC's successful public offering in December 2013 and currently serves on the board of directors of Open Road Releasing and National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI).
The Board has formed a Search Committee to lead the search for a permanent CEO. The Search Committee is chaired by AMC Audit Committee Chairman Lloyd Hill, and includes AMC Governance & Nominating Committee Chairman Anthony Saich and directors Howard "Hawk" Koch, Jr. and Kathleen Pawlus. The Committee has retained the leading executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to assist in conducting a national search.
"AMC's future is on very solid ground thanks in great part to Gerry's vision and passion," said Mr. Ramsey. "He has created an enduring, guest centric culture capable of driving results and innovation for many years to come. I look forward to continuing to execute our strategy and facilitating a seamless transition as the Board conducts its search."
"On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Gerry for his contributions to AMC," said Mr. Hill, AMC Board member. "Gerry took on the role of AMC's CEO at a critical point in our history six years ago when AMC was in need of a strategic refocus. Gerry's dynamic leadership and passion were catalysts in driving significant improvement in both our revenue and operating earnings, and he has been instrumental in developing the innovative culture and guest experience leadership strategy that has elevated AMC as an industry leader. We wish him every success in his new endeavors."
"AMC is an amazing company with a highly talented, creative and dedicated family of associates. It has been the thrill of a lifetime to lead this group, and I am sincerely and deeply grateful for their support, but also incredibly proud of our accomplishments," said Mr. Lopez. "I came to AMC over six years ago to strategically transform the company by developing, testing and implementing a differentiated growth strategy. As a team, we have very successfully done exactly that. Shareholder value has grown dramatically and guest satisfaction scores are at their highest level in five years. Simply put, the five action fronts in our guest experience leadership strategy are working. The AMC I leave behind is in good hands and in great shape. I believe the strategic and financial foundation is in place for continued success well into the future. I now plan to bring my passion for strategic refocus to another industry, where guest focus and strategic redeployment are equally important."
Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call
AMC will report its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015, after the market closes on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. AMC will host a conference call via webcast for investors and other interested parties beginning at 4:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at which time Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ramsey will discuss AMC's second quarter.
To listen to the conference call via the internet, please visit the investor relations section of the AMC website at www.investor.amctheatres.com for a link to the webcast. Investors and interested parties should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, and/or download and install any necessary audio software.
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. EDT
Dial-In Number: (877) 407-3982; International - (201) 493-6780
A podcast and archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website after the call for a limited time.