PITTSBURGH, June 22, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- GNC Corporation (GNC) today announced the promotion of Joseph Fortunato to the position of Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Bruce E. Barkus, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fortunato, a 15-year veteran of GNC, most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GNC.
"Throughout his career at GNC, Joe has demonstrated his ability to make valuable contributions across many areas of the business," said Mr. Barkus. "His leadership strengths, combined with his broad GNC experience and depth of industry knowledge, will be instrumental in furthering his successful track record in his new position."
Mr. Fortunato has held numerous positions within the company including Executive Vice President of Store Operations and Development; Senior Vice President of Store Development; and Vice President of Financial Operations.
"Throughout my GNC tenure, I've had the opportunity to be involved in areas of the business including operations, business development and finance," commented Mr. Fortunato. "Having served in key positions at the height of GNC's growth, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to help build on the inherent strengths of the business and GNC's global brand presence."
Prior to joining GNC, Mr. Fortunato was President of Fortunato & Associates Financial Consulting Group. Earlier in his career he served as Controller for Motor Coils Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of traction motors for locomotives and oil drilling rigs.
GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 2,644 company- owned stores in the U.S. and Canada and has 1,261 domestic franchised locations, 1,043 Rite Aid "store-within-a-store" locations and 773 international franchised locations. GNC is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements, which includes vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements (VMHS), sports nutrition products, diet and energy products and specialty supplements.