XO Group Inc. Announces Board of Director Changes
New York, NY/June 1, 2018–XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO, www.xogroupinc.com) today announced the election of Michael Zeisser, current Lead Independent Director of XO Group, as Chairman of the Board, replacing XO Group cofounder David Liu who is stepping down. XO Group also announced the appointment of Jan Hier-King, cofounder and CTO of Bicycle Financial, to the company’s board of directors as an independent director who will serve on the board’s Audit Committee. Ms. Hier-King will be filling the vacancy created by the departure of Elizabeth Schimel who is also stepping down from the board. With this transition, the board will consist of seven directors, six of whom are independent.
Mr. Zeisser has served as an XO Group director since July 2013 and was elected by the independent directors of the company’s Board of Directors in May 2014 to serve as the Lead Independent Director. Mr. Zeisser is the former Chairman, U.S. Investments, for Alibaba Group, one of the largest internet companies in the world.
Ms. Hier-King spent a majority of her career at Charles Schwab, holding several positions over her 17 year tenure including Executive Vice President Human Resources, Executive Vice President Operational Services and Chief Information Officer. She is currently the cofounder and CTO of Bicycle Financial, a start-up focused on personal finance solutions. She also serves as a non-executive board member of Mphasis, a leading IT solutions provider based in Bangalore, India.
Mr. Liu cofounded The Knot Inc. in 1996 with Carley Roney and served as Chief Executive Officer of The Knot/XO Group Inc. from inception through March 2014, and has served as Chairman from inception through May 2018.
“On behalf of all of XO Group, I want to thank our cofounder, David, for his vision, tenacity, and leadership, without which we would not be here today leading this wonderful industry,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group. “Our board is in great hands as Michael Zeisser transitions from Lead Independent Director to Chairman, and I’m thrilled to welcome Jan Hier-King whose operational expertise and enterprise technology experience will be invaluable to the success of XO Group and our stockholders.”
“It is an honor to be entrusted with the privilege and responsibility to succeed David as Chairman of XO Group. Carley and David have made a difference in the lives of millions of couples,” said Mr. Zeisser. “The board of directors will continue to steward their vision, and reaffirms its commitment to strong corporate governance and long-term value creation for the owners of the company.”
“I have had the good fortune and privilege over the past 22 years to have worked with the smartest, most creative and hard-working group of individuals. Their commitment and belief in our mission to obsessively serve every need of our couples and new parents is why we were able to create one of the most beloved and enduring consumer brands. I am grateful for their dedication and inspired by their humility.” said Mr. Liu. “I’d like to thank Liz for her wise counsel and support over the years and I’d like to welcome Jan to the XO Group family. Finally I’d like to congratulate Michael Zeisser on succeeding me as Chairman, he has been a trusted partner and friend. His steady hand as our lead independent director gives me confidence that the company will continue to strive to fulfill its mission.”
About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc.’s (NYSE: XOXO; xogroupinc.com) mission is to help people navigate and truly enjoy life’s biggest moments together. Our multi-platform brands guide couples through transformative life stages – from getting married with The Knot, to having a baby with The Bump, and helping bring important celebrations to life with entertainment vendors from GigMasters. The Company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City.
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