Spectrum Group International, Inc. (“SGI”) (SPGZ.pk) , a Fortune 500 company and the largest global trading and collectibles network in the world, announced today it has named Allison A. Watanabe to the position of Chief Information Officer of the Collectibles Division.

Prior to joining Spectrum Group, Watanabe served as Vice President of Information Technology for El Pollo Loco, the nation’s flame-grilled chicken leader with more than 400 restaurants. She also served as Chief Information Officer for BowTie Incorporated, the leading producer of pet and animal magazines. There, she led the company’s information technology strategies and policies, including the software and hardware for application development and the corporate server infrastructure. Prior to BowTie Incorporated, Watanabe held senior management positions with Friend Communications, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., and Rockwell International.

spectrum lg SPECTRUM GROUP INTERNATIONAL HIRES ALLISON WATANABE TO CIO POSITION “Allison brings remarkable passion and drive to Spectrum, and a wealth of expertise in delivering corporate system solutions that reflect her keen leadership, creativity and vision,” said Greg Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Group International. “She will be a tremendous asset to our corporate team as we continue to expand our global reach.”

Watanabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. She serves as mentor to students enrolled in the graduate program at the University of California, Irvine. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Council of Aging, Orange County. Watanabe is based at Spectrum Group’s headquarters in Irvine, California.

About Spectrum Group International, Inc.

Spectrum Group International, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “we,” the “Company” or “SGI”) is a global trading and collectibles network. We are a trader of precious metals and an auctioneer of coins, stamps and wine, serving both collectors and dealers. We are also a merchant/dealer of certain collectibles. Our collectibles offerings span the price spectrum from modest to ultra-high end. Furthermore, we offer loans to coin dealers, collectors and investors backed by their precious metals, rare coins, and other collectibles as collateral.

Our Trading business is conducted through A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (“A-Mark”) and its subsidiaries. A-Mark is a full-service precious metal trading company, and an official distributor for many government mints throughout the world. A-Mark products include gold, silver, platinum and palladium for storage and delivery in the form of coins, bars, wafers and grain, and our services include financing, leasing, consignment, hedging and various customized financial programs. A-Mark’s subsidiary, Collateral Finance Corporation, provides financing on a wide array of bullion and numismatic products.

Our Collectibles business operates as an integrated network of leading companies concentrating on numismatic (coins) and philatelic (stamps) materials and rare and fine vintage wine. We have offices and auction houses in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to traditional live auctions, we also conduct Internet and telephone auctions.

 

Our Collectibles companies in the philatelic field are auction houses Harmer Global Philatelic Network GmbH, Corinphila Auktionen of Zurich, Switzerland, Heinrich Köhler Auktionshaus of Wiesbaden, Germany, Corinphila Veilingen B.V., Amstelveen, Netherlands, and John Bull Stamp Auctions, Ltd of Hong Kong. Spectrum Group’s Collectibles companies in the numismatics field include Stack’s Bowers Galleries (rare coin and currency auction house), Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio (world and ancient coins and currency auction house), Teletrade (online coin auctions), and Spectrum Numismatics International (wholesale rare coin dealer), all based in Irvine, California. Spectrum Wine Auctions is engaged in the sale by auction of rare and fine vintage wine.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

Statements in this press release that relate to future plans, objectives, expectations, performance, events and the like are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Future events, risks and uncertainties, individually or in the aggregate, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ are identified in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and include the fact that we have not filed all of our reports required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. More information about factors that could affect our business and financial results included in our public filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website located at www.sec.gov

 

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