Cracker Barrel Announces that Martha M. Mitchell Will Retire From the Board Upon Completion of Current Term - Board Unanimously Rejects Proposed Nomination of Biglari and Cooley to Board of Directors
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBRL) announced that the Board received notice from Martha M. Mitchell that she will retire from the Cracker Barrel Board of Directors at the end of her current term and will not stand for election at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Ms. Mitchell has served on the Board since 1993. She currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Public Responsibility Committee and as a member of the Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. “On behalf of the entire Board and the Cracker Barrel family, I want to thank Ms. Mitchell for her loyal commitment to the Board over these past 20 years. Her dedication to serving our shareholders and to upholding the values of our Company has been evident in her wise advice and counsel,” said James W. Bradford, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. With Ms. Mitchell’s decision not to stand for re-election, the Board has determined to reduce the number of directors to nine at the Company’s upcoming Annual Meeting.
Separately, and at the recommendation of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board also voted unanimously against including Sardar Biglari and Philip Cooley on its slate of Director nominees for its 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting. Misters Biglari and Cooley were nominated by The Lion Fund II, L.P., an affiliate of Biglari Holdings Inc., for seats on the Company's Board.
“Despite being rejected by a significant margin of the vote of our shareholders in each of the last two years, Mr. Biglari has again chosen to re-fight the battle to elect himself and Mr. Cooley”
In reaching this decision, the Board and the Committee took into consideration many factors, including the Company’s shareholders’ significant votes, two years in a row, against the proposed candidates presented by Biglari Holdings and its affiliates; the individuals’ backgrounds and qualifications; uncertainty over Mr. Biglari's ultimate agenda; and continued business and legal concerns over conflicts of interest. After once again thoroughly reviewing the proposed nominations of Misters Biglari and Cooley, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee determined that the election of Mr. Biglari and Mr. Cooley is not in the best interests of the Company or its shareholders.
In making its decision, the Board also noted the strong performance of the Company under the leadership of its current management team, including:
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 624 company-owned locations in 42 states.
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