EZCORP appoints Phillip Cohen to its Board as Executive Chairman alongside Matt Appel stepping to Lead Independent Director

– USA, TX – EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW), a leading provider of pawn loans in the United States and Latin America, announced that Phillip E. Cohen has been elected to the Board of Directors and appointed as Executive Chairman, both effective September 12, 2019.

In addition, the Board created the position of Lead Independent Director to serve as the principal liaison between the Executive Chairman and the CEO and the independent directors and elected Matthew W. Appel to serve in that role. Mr. Appel has been a member of the Board since January 2015 and also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

The Company’s prior Executive Chairman, Lachlan P. Given, resigned from that position and as a member of the Board but will continue to serve as an executive officer of the Company, principally responsible for the Company’s merger and acquisition and funding activities.

About Phillip Cohen

For over 30 years, Mr. Cohen has worked closely with the Company’s management and Board as an owner and advisor in developing and executing the Company’s vision and strategy, and he has deep knowledge and experience regarding the Company’s business and industry. Considering Mr. Cohen’s extensive and unique skills and experience, as well as his historical and ongoing involvement with management and the Board on a wide variety of Company matters (including business and operating strategy, financial strategy, acquisitions and new businesses), Mr. Cohen is uniquely qualified to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board.


Formed in 1989, EZCORP has grown into a leading provider of pawn loans in the United States and Latin America. It also sells merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers. We are dedicated to satisfying the short-term cash needs of consumers who are both cash and credit constrained, focusing on industry-leading customer experience. EZCORP is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol EZPW and is a member of the Russell 2000 Index, S&P SmallCap 600 Index, S&P 1000 Index and Nasdaq Composite Index.

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