Mad Catz® Announces Executive and Board Leadership Changes

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ), today announced several changes to its executive leadership and Board of Directors, effective immediately.

On February 5, 2016, Mr. Thomas Brown resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors, including from his role as Chairman and from his position as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee. The Company’s Board of Directors has named Mr. John Nyholt as Chairman. Mr. Nyholt has been a director of the Company since October 2013.

In addition, the Company’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mr. Darren Richardson from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and from his seat as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Karen McGinnis, previously the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz and has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Replacing Ms. McGinnis, Mr. David McKeon has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. Mr. McKeon previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Corporate Controller.

Further, Mr. Whitney Peterson has resigned as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He was replaced as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary by Mr. Tyson Marshall, who previously served as Mad Catz’ Associate General Counsel. The Company also named Mr. Andrew Young to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Young previously served as Vice President, Product Development at Mad Catz.

Ms. Karen McGinnis, commented, “We recognize the tremendous value that Thomas, Darren and Whitney have brought to Mad Catz during their tenure and thank them for their many contributions throughout the years.”

“Looking ahead, we are confident that we have a talented leadership team in place that will enable us to steer the Company on a steady course in its operations and financial performance as we look to grow our business and reward our shareholders.”

As previously announced, the Company will issue its fiscal 2016 third quarter results following the market close on February 9, 2016, and will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the results at 5:00 p.m. ET. The call can be accessed by dialing (212) 231-2927.

About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT:MCZ) (TSX:MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz products cater to passionate gamers across multiple platforms including in-home gaming consoles, handheld gaming consoles, Windows® PC and Mac® computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Mad Catz distributes its products through its online store as well as distribution via many leading retailers around the globe. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Mad Catz maintains offices in Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company’s website at

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