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Jenny Craig Appoints Patricia Larchet, Weight Loss Industry Veteran, New CEO
Weight Loss Leader Announces New Chief Executive Officer
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 9, 2005 - Jenny Craig, Inc. today announced the appointment of Patricia Larchet as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Larchet, who previously served as Jenny Craig's President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep her title of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in addition to her new role as CEO. She replaces Jim Evans, who had been Chief Executive Officer and a director of the company since January 2003.
Kent Q. Kreh, Jenny Craig's Chairman, said, "We are very pleased that Patti Larchet has decided to re-join the company in an operating role. Patti first joined the company over twenty years ago, and has held positions of increasing responsibility, both in the United States and Australia. She was named President & Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and, under her leadership, the company reached new heights. After leaving the company briefly to devote more time to her family, Patti recently re-joined the Company as its Vice Chairman. Patti has established relations with our management team, field leaders, and franchisees, and will hit the ground running. She is an outstanding leader with unmatched experience to lead Jenny Craig through this period of growth and opportunity."
Mr. Kreh continued, "Jim Evans brought tremendous enthusiasm and dedication to his role as Jenny Craig's chief executive officer. Jim challenged us to look afresh at every aspect of our business and, under his leadership, we have experienced unprecedented growth. He accomplished the objectives he set for himself and we wish him well."
Ms. Larchet is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois. Ms. Larchet joined Jenny Craig in 1985 as one of Jenny Craig's first personal consultants in the United States, and became the Managing Director of the Company's Australian operations in 1994. Ms. Larchet returned to the United States as President & Chief Operating Officer in January 2000.
Jenny Craig, Inc., based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of the world's largest weight management companies, with approximately 650 Centres in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.