Former Best Buy and Williams-Sonoma executive Sharon L. McCollam Named to Hallmark Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 16, 2017) - Sharon L. McCollam, former executive vice president and chief administrative and chief financial officer of Best Buy Co., Inc., and former executive vice president and chief operating and chief financial officer of Williams-Sonoma Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

"With our diversified global portfolio of businesses, Sharon's deep understanding of product, retail and technology will be invaluable as we continue to pursue product innovation and new business opportunities to unleash the power of the Hallmark and Crayola brands," said Don Hall, vice chairman of the board and chief executive officer. "Sharon has a long history of creating high performance cultures and building brands, and she will be an important contributor to Hallmark's future."

"Hallmark is an iconic brand that is built on a foundation of core values that I believe in and admire," said McCollam. "They take pride in exceeding customer expectations, respecting and valuing their people, and maintaining the highest levels of integrity in everything they do. I am so proud to be joining this team and thrilled to be able to leverage my broad retail and consumer expertise to help Hallmark pursue its vision of the future and strengthen and grow its legacy of enriching people's lives."

McCollam most recently served as executive vice president, chief administrative and chief financial officer of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY). In this role, McCollam has been broadly recognized as the co-pilot of the company's Renew Blue transformation which has been praised by the investment community as one of the foremost turnarounds in the retail sector. McCollam served in this role from 2012 to 2016.

McCollam previously served as executive vice president, chief operating and chief financial officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) and in 2010 was appointed to the board of directors. She retired from the company in 2012.

McCollam today serves as a member of the board of directors of Art.com and Sutter Health.

 

About Hallmark

For more than 100 years, family owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing more than 27,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. Its global Hallmark Greetings business sells greeting cards and gifts in more than 30 languages with distribution in more than 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops. Hallmark Retail operates 2,000 Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries and Hallmark Home & Gifts sells a broad array of home décor and gift product throughout the U.S. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and toys designed to spark children's creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates two cable channels: Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark's headquarters. For more information, visit Hallmark.com. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Fun Fact

From the mid-1930s through the 1950s, J.C. Hall approved every single Hallmark card, giving his official thumbs up by writing "OK JC" on the back.