CPWM » Topics » Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers

This excerpt taken from the CPWM 8-K filed Mar 11, 2005.

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers


Murray H. Dashe terminated as Chief Executive Officer and President, and resigned as a director and Chairman of the Board on March 8, 2005. Pursuant to his Employment Agreement dated July 3, 2002, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Form 10-Q filed by the Registrant on August 27, 2002, Mr. Dashe is eligible to receive the following payments and benefits: (i) continuing payment of his current base salary for two years from termination; (ii) a lump-sum payment of his target bonus for the current fiscal year; (iii) continued participation for himself and his covered dependents, at no additional after-tax cost to him, that he would have had as an employee in all welfare plans for 24 months from termination, to the extent he is eligible under such plans; (iv) acceleration of the vesting of all of his stock options; and (v) accrued salary, bonus and unused vacation through the date of termination (these amounts have been paid).


Effective March 9, 2005, Danny W. Gurr was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer on an interim basis to assist in the transition while the Company searches for a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gurr is 47.


Mr. Gurr has been a director of the Company since November 1995. He is currently an independent management consultant. From January 2002 until July 2003, Mr. Gurr served as President of Quarto Holdings, Inc., a leading international co-edition publisher. From April 1998 to July 2001, Mr. Gurr served as President of Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., a publisher of illustrated books, videos and multi-media products. From September 1991 to February 1998, Mr. Gurr served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lauriat’s Books, Inc., an operator of various bookstore chains.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


By:   /S/    JOHN J. LUTTRELL        

John J. Luttrell

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Accounting Officer)


Dated: March 11, 2005

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