RMG Networks hires ex Sterling Partners’ operating partner as interim president/CEO

RMG Networks has named Robert Michelson as interim president and CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Michelson is replacing Garry K. McGuire Jr. Michelson is a former operating partner at Sterling Partners. RMG Networks has also promoted Loren Buck to chief operating officer from executive vice president of strategy and business operations. Headquartered in Dallas, RMG helps companies communicate better using location-based video networks.

PRESS RELEASE

DALLAS, TX–(Marketwired – Jul 24, 2014) – RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: RMGN), RMG Networks or the Company, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Robert Michelson, 58, as interim president and interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. This appointment follows the resignation of Garry K. McGuire Jr. as the company’s president and chief executive officer and his resignation from RMG Networks’ board of directors to focus on other professional opportunities. The board of directors expresses its appreciation to Mr. McGuire for his services to the Company and wishes him success in his future endeavors.
In addition to Mr. Michelson’s appointment, the Company also announced today that Loren Buck has been promoted to chief operating officer from executive vice president of strategy and business operations, effective immediately.

These two announcements come quickly after the Company’s hiring of Scott Pawloski from Microsoft to lead the sales efforts of its media business unit and David Mace Roberts from Samsung as its new general counsel. They also follow the Company’s completion of an amendment to its credit facility that added capital and provided enhanced operational flexibility.

Executive Chairman Gregory H. Sachs commented, “The board is extremely pleased that a senior executive of Bob’s caliber is now leading RMG Networks. Bob comes on board at what we believe will be an inflection point in our history as we move to further establish the Company as a clear leader in market-defining intelligent visual communications solutions. We have bolstered our balance sheet and put ourselves on a sound footing financially. We have also strategically added or promoted senior sales and operational talent. These changes are intended to strengthen the organization in order to capture our market opportunities at a time when we are beginning to realize returns on past growth investments. We expect that Bob’s leadership combined with these other strategic efforts will enhance our ability to deliver on our financial and strategic objectives.”

Mr. Michelson joins RMG Networks with over 35 years of relevant industry experience with the last 24 years in senior leadership positions. Most recently, Mr. Michelson held senior management roles with leading technology and technology services companies including Share Rocket, Goliath Solutions and IXL. As an operating partner at Sterling Partners, he served as lead director helping companies enhance their operational effectiveness and realize their full potential.

“I am excited to be joining RMG Networks and I look forward to working closely with our board of directors, executive team and all of our employees to further execute on the Company’s long term strategic plan,” Mr. Michelson commented. “The market opportunity before us is substantial and we will maintain our focus on moving aggressively and strategically to grow profitably and maintain market leadership. I look forward to providing updates on our efforts during the Company’s upcoming Q2 earnings call.”

Robert Michelson Biography
Robert Michelson has over 24 years of senior leadership experience in technology-driven business-to-business companies. Since April 2014, Mr. Michelson was president of Share Rocket, a company that provides social media ratings globally. From January 2009 to December 2012, Mr. Michelson was an operating partner with Sterling Partners, a $5 billion private equity firm, overseeing portfolio companies in the technology services, business services and education sectors. Prior to Sterling Partners, Mr. Michelson was CEO of Goliath Solutions, a technology and marketing services company providing data and data analytics to Fortune 500 companies, and a Division President of IXL, a digital technology solutions and consulting services company. Prior to that, Mr. Michelson held a number of sales, marketing and senior leadership roles with technology and services companies and began his career with IBM as a systems engineer and marketing representative in 1978. Mr. Michelson received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Finance from Indiana University and sits on the boards of several education-focused non-profit companies.

About RMG Networks
RMG Networks (NASDAQ: RMGN) helps brands and organizations communicate more effectively using location-based video networks. The company connects brands with target audiences using video advertising networks comprised of over 200,000 display screens, reaching over 100 million consumers each month. The company also builds enterprise video networks that empower organizations to visualize critical data to better run their business. RMG Networks works with over 70% of the Fortune 100. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, China, India, Singapore and the U.A.E. For more information, visit http://www.rmgnetworks.com.

 

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