Most of GameStop board will leave in summer after rollercoaster year

The new board will be led by Ryan Cohen, founder of online pet food company Chewy.

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
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Thursday 25 March 2021 01:07
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Most of GameStop’s board will leave this summer after what has been a roller coaster year so far for the company.

Eight members of the board will depart in June as part of “significant changes” to the company that will almost totally transform the video game company’s leadership.

News of the changes was revealed in a company filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The new board will be led by Ryan Cohen, the founder of online pet food company Chewy, which he sold to PetSmart fo $3.35bn.

GameStop became an international story in January when amateur traders on social media platform Reddit bought shorted-stock and dramatically drove up the company’s share price.

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By the end of January the struggling company had become worth a peak of $33.7bn, up from just $1.4bn weeks before.

The company is now worth around $14bn after another string of rise and falls.

In March the company announced that Mr Cohen would head a “strategic planning and capital allocation committee” to plan its transformation into an e-commerce and technology company.

Mr Cohen invested in GameStop last year before the stock spike and his 13 per cent stake, which he spent $75 million on is now reportedly worth around $1.8bn.

Departing members of the board include Reggie Fils-Aimé, who joined last March and had been the long-time president of Nintendo’s American division, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Also leaving is Kathy Vrabeck, a former executive at Activision.

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