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Party City appointments Todd Vogensen as CFO

Party City Holdco Inc. has appointed Todd Vogensen as its chief financial officer (CFO) of Party City Holdco Inc., effective Feb. 3, 2020.

Mr. Vogensen brings nearly three decades of financial management expertise to the executive team, having played a pivotal role in strategically growing multiple U.S. public consumer companies. In his new role at Party City Holdco Inc., Mr. Vogensen will report directly to James M. Harrison, CEO of PCHI, and will oversee all aspects of finance, business development and investor relations while helping to develop and execute its multi-channel growth strategy.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Todd to the leadership team and believe his background and knowledge will make him a strong addition to the Company,” said James Harrison, CEO, Party City Holdco Inc. “Todd has extensive experience across the finance organizations of leading consumer companies, and we look forward to benefitting from his expertise as we focus on improving our business to drive long-term sustainable growth.”

From June 2014 to January 2020, Mr. Vogensen served as the executive vice president and CFO of Chico’s FAS (CHS), where he also held various roles of increasing responsibility beginning in 2009. Prior to joining Chico’s, Todd spent over four years with Michaels Stores from 2005 to 2009 and previously held finance management positions at Gap, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Company.

Mr. Vogensen added, “I am excited to be joining the Party City team as I’ve long admired their leadership position in the party goods category and differentiated vertical model. I look forward to working with the entire team to further enhance the Company’s financial and operational performance.”

Ahead of its planned participation at the ICR Conference on January 14th, 2020, Party City announced that preliminary brand comparable sales results for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019 are expected to be down 3.0%.

“Our preliminary fiscal 2019 brand comparable sales are at the low end of our outlook. While disappointed with our full year brand comparable sales result, we are encouraged by the initial bounce back we’ve continued to see in our helium related categories at retail given our ~100% in-stock position. As we look ahead, we continue to focus on returning the business to positive comparable sales growth through improved in-store initiatives and an enhanced e-commerce platform as we leverage our differentiated vertical model,” stated James M. Harrison, CEO.

Given the timing of the announcement, Party City is announcing preliminary brand comparable sales for fiscal 2019 while the Company completes normal year-end closing and accounting procedures. It expects to release financial and operating results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 2019 on March 12, 2020.

Originally posted Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020