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Jenny Craig Appoints James P. Evans, Hotel Industry Veteran, New CEO
Carlsbad, CA, January 21, 2003 - Jenny Craig, Inc., one of the world's largest weight-management companies, announced today the appointment of James P. Evans, a hotel industry veteran, as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Evans was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Best Western International, Inc., which is the WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN® with more than 4,000 independently owned and operated hotels and motels in 80 countries. Prior to joining Best Western, Mr. Evans served as Executive Vice President of Operations of Doubletree, and in numerous executive roles at Hyatt and Sheraton.
"Jim's professional experience and commitment to employees, customer service and marketing complement Jenny Craig's dedication to and passion for helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss," said Kent Q. Kreh, Chairman of the Board, Jenny Craig, Inc. "We're pleased to have Jim join our executive team."
Mr. Evans joins the Jenny Craig executive team consisting of Kent Q. Kreh, Chairman of the Board; Patricia Larchet, President and Chief Operating Officer; and James Kelly, Chief Financial Officer.
"Joining a company like Jenny Craig is such an exciting opportunity for me," said Mr. Evans. "Working with the executive team, I look forward to expanding and improving an already-great company that has held a leading position in the weight-loss industry for 20 years."
Mr. Evans has held numerous positions in the hospitality industry, ranging from property level marketing, sales and management positions to senior corporate staff positions. In 1991, Business Travel News named him one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in the Travel Industry. A native of Mattoon, Ill., Mr. Evans graduated from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.