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6 May 2016

Cree appoints experienced retail exec to board

LED chip, lamp and lighting maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA says that Darren Jackson, most recently CEO of Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP) from January 2008 to this January, has been appointed to the its board of directors.

"He has a proven track record leading large companies through industry transitions and we welcome the opportunity to work with Darren as we pursue our mission to build the most valuable lighting technology company," says chairman & CEO Chuck Swoboda. 

Jackson originally joined AAP as a member of the AAP board in July 2004. He was also AAP president from January 2008 to January 2009 and from January 2012 to April 2013. Prior to becoming AAP's CEO, he served in various executive positions with Best Buy Co Inc, a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, office products, appliances and software, ultimately serving from July 2007 to December 2007 as executive VP of customer operating groups. Jackson joined Best Buy in 2000 and was appointed as its executive VP-finance & chief financial officer in February 2001. Prior to 2000, he served as VP & chief financial officer of Nordstrom Inc, Full-line Stores (a fashion specialty retailer) and held various senior positions, including CFO of Carson Pirie Scott & Company (a regional department store company). Jackson has also served as a director of Fastenal Company (which sells industrial and construction supplies) since July 2012.

Jackson has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Marquette University, where he also serves on the board of trustees.

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