Citi Trends adds Christina Francis and Cara Sabin to its Board as Independent Directors

– USA, GA –  Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN), a growing specialty value retailer of apparel, accessories, and home trends for way less spend primarily for African American and Latinx families in the United States, today announced the appointments of Christina Francis and Cara Sabin to its Board as Independent Directors, effective October 31, 2021, bringing the Board with three out of seven independent directors as African American females.

“We are thrilled to add two highly accomplished executives to our board, and the expansion of the board reflects Citi Trends’ heightened commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Christina and Cara both have extensive experience in marketing, business development, community engagement and innovation in consumer facing businesses, which will complement our board’s skills and knowledge. We are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute on our growth strategy, and we look forward to their contributions.” said Executive Chairman, Peter Sachse.

The Citi Trends board is now comprised of nine directors, consisting of seven independent directors, Peter Sachse, the Executive Chairman, and David Makuen, the CEO.

About Christina Francis

Christina Francis brings more than 20 years of corporate and agency marketing experience across traditional and social media platforms. Since 2019, Ms. Francis has served as the President of Magic Johnson Enterprises where she is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, including strategy, business development, community involvement, and overseeing ownership properties and partnerships. Ms. Francis joined Magic Johnson Enterprises in 2014 as SVP of Marketing and Communications. Before that, she served as VP of Marketing and Events for NFL Players Inc. Ms. Francis currently serves on the board of her alma mater Xavier University.

“I am extremely delighted to be joining the Citi Trends board,” commented Christina Francis. “I commend the company’s longstanding commitment to employing people of color, across nearly 600 locations, from within the diverse communities that it serves. I am eager to work with the board and management to help guide the future growth of the Citi Trends brand as we continue to bring quality products and services to our customers and communities.”

About Cara Sabin

Cara Sabin joins Citi Trends’ board with over 20 years of general management, business strategy, marketing, digital, and innovation experience. She currently serves as the CEO of Sundial Brands, a Unilever company, recognized for its innovative use of high quality and culturally authentic ingredients in brands such as SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage, Nyakio, and Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture. Before Sundial Brands, she held various marketing management positions at Clinique and NARS Cosmetics. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sabin held positions at Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Capital One Financial. Ms. Sabin serves on the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; Board of Trustees for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; and the Executive Committee and Board of the Ad Council. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“I am honored to have been appointed as a board member of this high-growth brand,” added Cara Sabin. “Citi Trends is at the forefront of accessibly servicing its diverse customer base in communities which are the heart and soul of America. I look forward to working with the board, our shareholders, and our associates to continue to provide Citi Trends’ primarily Black and Hispanic customers an exceptional brand experience.”

About Citi Trends

Citi Trends, Inc. is a growing specialty value retailer of apparel, accessories, and home trends for way less spend primarily for African American and Latinx families in the United States. The Company operates 596 stores located in 33 states.

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