January 24, 2018
To All MacPherson's Partners,
We are pleased to announce that John Stephens, Director of Sales and Digital Commerce, will expand his role and now be responsible to lead the company's national sales team. John joined MacPherson's last year and has been instrumental in developing the company's sales and marketing strategy in support of our customers and suppliers. John will be reporting to Jim Semitekol, Interim Managing Executive.
MacPherson's would also like to share news with you that Neil McIntyre is now National Field Sales Manager, responsible for our traditional fine art store customer base. Neil is well known and respected throughout the industry for his knowledge of the business and our customers. In his new role he will also be partnering with MacPherson's leadership to evolve the sales organization, identify new opportunities and build on the company's commitment to service excellence for customers and suppliers. Neil will be reporting to John Stephens.
John and Neil are each highly capable and knowledgeable executives that represent the new generation of leaders at MacPherson's. Our customers and industry partners can be confident that MacPherson's will continue to deliver the high level of service they currently enjoy.
We are committed to continuing the tradition of MacPherson's as a valuable partner to all our customers and to providing the best solution for fine art supply in the industry. We are making considerable investments in our logistics capability with new software to manage our warehouse operations. That project should be completed in the second quarter of this year.
Additional investments are being made in our business to business web platform, Online Express. These investments are designed to improve the user experience when searching for product, placing orders and obtaining valuable product information.
This is an exciting time for MacPherson's as we continue to expand our business and focus on additional value added services. Our 2018 focus will center uncovering new opportunities, but also continuing to help our customers succeed amid our changing retail environment. We will continue to support them and do whatever we can to help them compete and grow their businesses in this changing world.
We have a talented team here at MacPherson's whose mission is to support our customers' success. The company has a deep understanding of our customers and their business that allows us to add true value as a business partner.
MacPherson's is the largest employee owned supplier of creative products in North America. The company serves the industry from national craft store chains down to small independent art retailers. The company is passionate about fostering creative lifestyles and enabling the artists of the future. Over the course of more than 40 years, MacPherson's has developed solutions that make ordering and managing retail art supplies fast, efficient and reliable.

John Stephens joined MacPherson's in 2017. Prior to that he was Head of Global Digital Marketing for Dolby Laboratories where he defined and implemented the company's digital marketing strategy and was responsible for customer acquisition, experience, and engagement. Prior to his experience at Dolby, John has spent time at Dell Inc. and Young & Rubicam, one of the most iconic global marketing communications companies in the world.

Neil McIntyre, National Field Sales Manager, has been with MacPherson's for the past five years, most recently as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining MacPherson's Neil was a sales representative with ColArt Americas. Neil brings a wealth of experience in the industry and a great enthusiasm for his team and our customers.

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Emeryville, CA (January 18, 2018) - Today, MacPherson's, the leading supplier of art supplies and equipment, announced that Frank Stapleton is stepping down from his role as MacPherson's chief executive officer. Frank Stapleton led the company over the span of a 45-year career. Additionally, the company announced that Steve Robinson is also stepping down from his role as president, a role that he has served in since January of 2017. The last official days at MacPherson's for Frank Stapleton and Steve Robinson will be at the end of the month. This was worked out in full agreement with the Board of Directors of MacPherson's.
MacPherson's is also pleased to announce that Jim Semitekol will return to lead the company during the transition period as interim managing executive. He will work with Frank and Steve, who have agreed to strategic consultant roles, to ensure a smooth transition of industry relationships and support customer success. Board Members Alison Norton Nelson and Renee Thomas Jacobs will work closely with Jim Semitekol to support MacPherson's executive leadership team while the search for a new CEO is conducted.
"On behalf of the Board, and everyone at MacPherson's, we want to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to all of us over the years," said Alison Norton Nelson. "This is a bittersweet moment as we consider Frank's many contributions to the art world and his dedication to building a world-class business."
Renee Thomas Jacobs added, "We also wish to thank Steve for his more than 30 years of service to MacPherson's. Steve has dedicated the majority of his career to this company, and during his tenure he has helped shape nearly every facet of the business."
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