February 3, 2023

has appointed Dwight E. Smith as a class I director of the company effective January 1, 2023.

Smith, the company said, has served as president and CEO of Sophisticated Systems, Inc. since July 1990. including cloud computing and cybersecurity.

Prior to founding Sophisticated Systems, Smith held various positions at Software Alternatives, Inc., Cullinet Software, Inc. and IBM.

Commenting on Smith’s nomination, Jason Brooks, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, stated, “Dwight’s executive leadership as the founder and CEO of a successful high-growth company, experience on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, along with other public and private companies, and expertise in the technology sector will be incredibly beneficial to our board of directors.”

Smith, the company added, has served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2015 and currently serves as chairman (such term expires December 31, 2022). He also serves as a board member of SureImpact since February 2022, Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2013, a board member of the Highlights for Children Foundation since 2021, and a member of the OCLC Board of Directors since November 2022.

Smith served on the Board of Directors of State Auto Financial Corporation from 2020 to 2022; Choice Legal, Inc. from 2016 to 2022; State Auto Mutual Insurance Company from 2005 to 2022; and CTL Engineering Inc. from 2005 to 2021. Smith also has extensive previous experience in charitable governance, including The Columbus Foundation, Columbus State Community College, and Rev1 Ventures. Smith graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in marketing and an MBA in finance.

Rocky Brands also announced that Glenn E. Corlett and James L. Stewart are electing to retire from the Board of Directors effective December 31, 2022.

Corlett has served on Rocky’s Board of Directors since 2000, including as a member of the Audit Committee (including as a former Chairman of the Audit Committee) and a former member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. Stewart has served on the Rocky Board of Directors since 1996, including as a member of the Remuneration Committee (including as a former Chairman of the Remuneration Committee).

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