October 3, 2014 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE struggled yesterday with what sentence to give Christopher Saridakis - a former eBay and Gannett executive - who pleaded guilty to insider trading. On the one hand, Saridakis, 46, "a bright guy who's hugely successful in business," is - aside from his one conviction - a law-abiding citizen, U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell noted. On the other hand, the judge said he had to hand down a sentence that would deter others from insider trading and he had to avoid sentencing disparities.
May 27, 2004 |
GSI Commerce Inc., a provider of Internet marketing services to apparel firms, hardware stores, sports teams and sporting-goods concerns, said it had bought a four-story King of Prussia building that would be its corporate headquarters. The 104,000-square-foot structure, purchased for $17 million, at 935 First Ave., will house 400 GSI employees, including executive, financial, engineering, technical, creative design, marketing and sales personnel. It will be nearly double the size of the headquarters it replaces at 1075 First Ave. "We have people piled up on top of each other now," said Greg Ryan, GSI corporate communications director.
April 27, 2014 |
A former eBay executive was charged Friday with criminal and civil insider-trading violations tied to the auction website's 2011 acquisition of a King of Prussia-based e-commerce firm. Federal authorities allege Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Greenville, Del., then head of marketing solutions at GSI Commerce, tipped off two friends and two relatives to the pending $2.4 billion deal and urged them to buy stock in advance of the sale. When the acquisition was announced in June 2011, GSI's stock price jumped more than 50 percent, leading to more than $300,000 in illegal profits for the traders, according to court filings unsealed Friday.
March 21, 2012
As Amazon.com killed Borders, crippled Best Buy, and started trimming even Walmart, at least the online retail giant was also hiring thousands of low-wage workers and contract laborers for the warehouses it has been raising in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and a few other states. But Amazon's announcement Monday that it was buying industrial robot-maker Kiva Systems Inc. for $775 million could leave you wondering if retail was going to be completely taken over by machines. Pennsylvania - America's warehouse - is home to one of Amazon's "order fulfillment" clusters, with five locations in the Allentown-to-Carlisle corridor on the Interstate freeways that bypass I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
November 9, 2015
Business is like sports, says Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL's New Jersey Devils : Losing hurts. But with the right team and strategy, pain moves you toward a championship. That knowledge gets you moving faster. And timely trades can move you closer. Rubin says he was getting bored and anxious about the biggest business units in his too-sprawling e-commerce company, GSI Commerce, when eBay offered to take the publicly traded King of Prussia-based firm off his hands for $2.4 billion in 2011; eBay also let him buy back the pieces he wanted, like the pro- and college-sports gear online seller Fanatics , for $500 million.
July 2, 2007 |
The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia named Margie Salvante executive director. Salvante was previously director of education for Roundabout Theatre Co. in New York. PointRoll Inc., a West Conshohocken online advertising subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc., promoted Becky Churilla to director of marketing from senior brand manager. Peter Kelly will take over in September as vice president for finance and chief financial officer at UGI Corp., the energy holding company in Valley Forge.
November 22, 2010
The Center for Autism , a nonprofit autism treatment and evaluation center, has named Silvana Battaglia , John C. Bickel , and Margaret C. Souders to its board of directors. Battaglia is senior vice president of human resources for Day & Zimmerman Group Inc. Bickel is the president of Hollister Construction Services' Pennsylvania office. Souders is on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and has a clinical appointment as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Genetics Center and Center for Autism Research.
March 31, 2011
In the Region J&J reorganizes unit Johnson & Johnson is reorganizing its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit to give more attention to the business, which has been stung by around 20 recalls of products including Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl. The company's Fort Washington factory has been linked to millions of bottles of defective medicine. On Monday, Johnson & Johnson will make McNeil a separate organization within J&J. It had been part of a larger group of consumer health-care units.
September 11, 2011 |
In this punk U.S. economy, familiar places keep vanishing. Our neighborhood Borders , one of my cable-TV-deprived kids' favorite hangouts, shuts this week. The old Circuit City across the road, where we got our first mobile phones and our first factory-boxed PC, is empty again, after another electronics chain found that it couldn't make money there, either. Let 'em go, said Michael G. Rubin , who last spring sold the online-retail contractor and warehouse company he built and ran, King of Prussia-based GSI Commerce Inc., to eBay Inc. for $2.5 billion.
April 19, 2012 |
Five Below Inc., the Center City-based chain of 192 kid-oriented dollar stores in 16 Eastern and Midwestern states, has hired Goldman Sachs and other brokers to lure investors for a $150 million initial public stock offering. The chain, founded in 2003 by former Zany Brainy toy-store owners David Schlessinger and Tom Vellios, has grown quickly, especially since investors led by Advent International Corp. of Boston pumped in $194 million in 2010. Five Below more than doubled its sales of cheap sports gear, snacks, party goods, and other middle-school accessories to $297 million in the year ended Jan. 11, from $125 million two years earlier, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.