Dave & Buster’s appoints John Hockin to board of directors

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., US-based owner and operator of entertainment and dining venues, has announced that John C. Hockin has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective 8 May,2020. Hockin is managing director at KKR, a leading investment firm with significant holdings in both private and public equities.

“We are pleased to welcome John as a new independent director,” said Stephen King, chairman of the board. “We have built a relationship with John as a representative of one of Dave & Buster’s largest investors and believe he will bring valuable perspective and deep financial and investment experience to the Board as we work to create lasting value for our stakeholders. I also want to thank Victor for his committed service to our Board, our Company, and our shareholders throughout his tenure.”

Brian Jenkins, chief executive officer, said, “Over the last several months, Dave & Buster’s has taken swift action to manage through this unprecedented period of uncertainty and position our Company to emerge stronger.  Our Board has provided strong guidance and oversight throughout, and I am confident that John’s knowledge, expertise and insights will help us thoughtfully navigate today’s challenging business conditions and advance our strategies for growth as we reopen our stores.”

Hockin commented, “Dave & Buster’s is a differentiated and experiential concept that has been a market leader and delivered terrific growth and results over time.  The Company is well positioned to regain its strong footing as business conditions improve across the country. I look forward to joining the Board and working closely with my fellow directors and the management team to help set Dave & Buster’s on a course for long-term success and value creation.” 

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