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August 12, 2014

Travis Smith is stepping down as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ president and CEO, effective immediately.

Travis Smith is stepping down as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ president and CEO, effective immediately — a role he was promoted to January 31, 2010.

The board of directors is undertaking a comprehensive search to find his replacement. Until then, Jim Kerr, the company’s EVP and CFO, will serve as interim CEO of the company, while continuing in his current role. Kerr will partner with Riddi Kline, EVP of marketing and merchandising, and Tom Williams, EVP of operations and human resources, to manage the business.

January 28, 2014

Jo-Ann has promoted Riddianne Kline to EVP, marketing and merchandising, and Tom Williams to EVP, operations and human resources. James Kerr, EVP, CFO, completes the executive leadership team reporting to CEO and president Travis Smith.

Jo-Ann has promoted Riddianne Kline to EVP, marketing and merchandising, and Tom Williams to EVP, operations and human resources. James Kerr, EVP, CFO, completes the executive leadership team reporting to CEO and president Travis Smith.

August 22, 2013

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has appointed Tom Williams to SVP of store operations and human resources, replacing Ken Haverkost.

HUDSON, Ohio — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has appointed Tom Williams to SVP of store operations and human resources, replacing Ken Haverkost.

Haverkost announced his retirement as EVP of store operations, a position he held since joining the company in 2007. He will remain a part-time employee through March 2014 to assist in the transition process.

March 13, 2013

HUDSON, Ohio — Shortly after Michaels reported Q4 sales growth, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will officially open its 800th store on March 21 in Slidell, La.

“Reaching our 800th store is a testament to the hard work of Jo-Ann Team Members around the country, our customers’ passion for crafting and sewing, and their appreciation of our retail concept as a one-stop creative destination,” said Travis Smith, chief executive officer and president for Jo-Ann.

February 18, 2013

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has named Riddianne Kline SVP chief marketing and merchandising officer.

HUDSON, Ohio — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has named Riddianne Kline SVP chief marketing and merchandising officer.

In addition to retaining her current responsibilities overseeing both marketing and advertising for Jo-Ann, Kline will assume responsibility for the merchandising, product development and inventory management groups.

August 23, 2011

Jo-Ann Stores has announced the promotion of Travis Smith to CEO effective immediately, replacing Darrell Webb. Webb will retain his position as chairman of the board for Jo-Ann Stores and become the interim CEO of Sports Authority. Jo-Ann and Sports Authority are both owned by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

HUDSON, Ohio — Jo-Ann Stores has announced the promotion of Travis Smith to CEO effective immediately, replacing Darrell Webb. Webb will retain his position as chairman of the board for Jo-Ann Stores and become the interim CEO of Sports Authority. Jo-Ann and Sports Authority are both owned by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

October 11, 2010

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is boosting its work force by 15% in anticipation for...