Collectors Universe adds Kate Duchene, Vina Leite and Jon Sullivan to its Board as Independent Directors

– USA, CA –  Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), a leading provider of value-added authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of collectibles, today announced the appointments of Kate Duchene, Vina Leite, and Jon Sullivan to its Board as new, highly qualified Independent Directors, effective immediately.

“I am excited to welcome Kate, Vina and Jon to the Collectors Universe Board,” said CEO, Joseph Orlando. “These new independent directors are outstanding additions to the Board and bring important diversity of gender, ethnicity, skillsets and backgrounds, as well as extensive experience in finance, operations, digital technology, brand building, IT strategies, international business and organizational management. The appointment of these directors reflects our commitment to strong corporate governance and our regular evaluation of the Board’s composition, with the goal of assembling the right mix of skills and expertise to propel our long-term strategy.”

“With today’s Board refreshment, Collectors Universe is even better positioned to capture the significant opportunities ahead for our stakeholders as we continue to successfully execute our plan to drive shareholder value creation,” added Mr. Orlando. “Our strong financial performance in the fourth quarter, despite the challenging operating environment due to COVID-19, highlights the potential of our business and our strategy. We look forward to leveraging the diverse experiences and backgrounds and the fresh perspectives of our new directors to further enhance our business and execute on our strategic priorities.”

That significant refreshment expands the Collectors Universe Board from five to eight members, seven of whom are independent.

About Kate Duchene

Kate Duchene, CEO RGP, a publicly-traded global professional staffing and consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees and over 2,400 clients, that helps finance, supply chain, technology and audit executives solve pressing business problems across the realm of business transformation, risk & compliance and technology & digital innovation. Ms. Duchene is spearheading the firm’s development of a human cloud product to drive growth through enhanced speed, transparency and choice in an increasingly digital world. Additionally, Ms. Duchene brings strong public-company leadership and legal experience, as well as a deep understanding of how to effectively lead transformative change to deliver practical solutions and impactful results.

Kate Duchene serves as CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors of RGP. As CEO, she is responsible for increasing RGP’s revenue and operating income by focusing on its business strategy, capital structure and resource allocation, shareholder management, enterprise risk management and employee productivity and engagement. Ms. Duchene held several senior leadership roles at RGP prior to being named CEO, including Chief Legal Officer, EVP, Human Resources, and Secretary. Prior to RGP, she practiced employment litigation for ten years at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

About Vina Leite

Vina Leite, Chief People Officer at The Trade Desk, a publicly-traded technology company with an approximately $19.6 billion market cap that empowers digital ad buyers to purchase data-driven digital advertising campaigns. Ms. Leite brings significant experience in human resources strategy and operations in the technology sector. Ms. Leite’s deep understanding of human capital have proved invaluable through her work as an advisor to CEOs and senior executives on a variety of organizational issues.

Vina Leite serves as Chief People Officer at The Trade Desk, where she leads all aspects of human resources in addition to working closely with the board chairman to strengthen its governance process. She previously served as Chief People Officer of Cylance Inc, and has held several other human resources roles in the technology sector, including as Chief Human Resources Officer at QLogic and as VP of Human Resources at EMC where she built out operations in Asia, and as Chief Human Resources Officer at UNICOM.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Rhode Island College, a Master of Science in organizational management from Capella University and Professional HR Certification and HR Management from Roger Williams University.

About Jon Sullivan

Jon Sullivan, EVP and CFO Behr Paint Company – a subsidiary of Masco Corporation, a publicly-traded global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products with a market cap of approximately $15.3 billion. Mr. Sullivan is a seasoned financial executive with a proven track record of delivering market-leading growth and financial performance, including helping drive record sales at Behr in fiscal 2019. He also has significant accounting and integration experience, having served as Controller of the Los Angeles Angels and Anaheim Ducks. Outside of work, Mr. Sullivan is a collector and holder of PCGS graded material and has a strong understanding of the coin market as well as PCGS’ primary and secondary competitors.

Jon Sullivan serves as EVP and CFO of Behr Paint Company – the largest subsidiary of Masco Corporation, where he oversees a team of more than 230 employees managing financial operations, IT hardware and software infrastructure and raw material procurement. Mr. Sullivan has been with Behr Paint for the past 23 years, and has played an integral role in Behr’s significant growth during that time. Prior to his tenure at Behr Paint, Mr. Sullivan was the Controller for both the Los Angeles Angels and Anaheim Ducks, directing all aspects of finance and accounting for each respective team. Outside of work, Mr. Sullivan is a collector and holder of PCGS graded material and has a strong understanding of the coin market as well as PCGS’ primary and secondary competitors. He started his career as a Senior Audit Associate at Ernst & Young. Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in taxation from San Diego State University.

About Collectors Universe

Collectors Universe, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added services to the collectibles markets. The Company authenticates and grades collectible coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and memorabilia. The Company also compiles and publishes authoritative information about United States and world coins, collectible trading cards and sports memorabilia, and operates its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and its Expos trade show and conventions business.

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