– USA, TX – Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today announced the appointment of Katherine M. A. (“Allie”) Kline to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Kline will also serve as a member of the Board’s Compensation Committee.

“Allie brings 25 years of highly relevant marketing, branding, digital and communications experience to the Pier 1 Board, and we are delighted to welcome her as a new independent director,” said Alasdair James, President and CEO. “We are confident that Allie’s expertise across brand marketing and digital strategy, as well as her long track record serving women and millennial consumers, will add tremendous value as we implement our ‘New Day’ strategic plan and continue to focus on driving sustainable sales growth and long-term profitability.”

Ms. Kline stated, “Pier 1 is a beloved iconic brand, and I am excited to be joining the Board during this pivotal time for the Company. I share management’s passion for Pier 1’s strong brand heritage, omni-channel platform and loyal customer base, all of which provide an excellent foundation upon which to build. I look forward to joining my fellow directors in working with Alasdair and the leadership team as they execute against the ‘New Day’ plan to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”

About Allie Kline

Ms. Kline most recently served as chief marketing and communications officer for Oath Inc., a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, Inc. consisting of more than 20 distinctive digital brands that reach approximately one billion consumers globally, including AOL, HuffPost, TechCrunch, Tumblr and Yahoo. During her tenure at Oath, Ms. Kline also served as the head of its prominent MAKERS division, a feminist media brand focused on female leadership. Prior to Oath, Ms. Kline was chief marketing and communications officer for AOL from 2013 to 2017. Previously, she held positions as chief marketing officer for 33across, a leading data and analytics company in the digital advertising space, and as vice president of marketing for Brand Affinity Technologies, a digital sports and celebrity endorsement marketing platform. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kline held digital media and marketing leadership positions with Launch Ideas, Unicast (acquired by Sizmek), InterVU (acquired by Akamai Technologies) and the Washington Wizards. Additionally, Ms. Kline previously chaired the Oath Foundation Board, was a member of the Executive Committee for the Internet Advertising Board of Directors, and served on the Board of The Female Quotient. She holds a B.S. in corporate communications from Ithaca College.

About Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports is proud to offer one-of-a-kind-gotta-have-it-seriously-love-it products that help our customers tell their stories through home décor. Over the past 50 years we’ve grown from a single store to an omni-channel retailer reaching the whole of North America. Our customers shop us online and in store, and interact with us on social media. From the launch of our Pier 1 PICKS to our world renowned Papasan, we bring uniqueness and fun to the world of home décor. We are the perfect place for all your versions of “This is me.” To get inspired or simply get to know us a little better, visit pier1.com.

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