Great Clips Announces Rhoda Olsen to Serve as CEO

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 31, 2011—Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, is proud to announce that Rhoda Olsen, who previously served as President, will transition into the role of Chief Executive Officer effective Feb. 1. Olsen is taking this role over from Ray Barton who will shift his focus to a Chairman of the Board role.

Olsen will focus on Great Clips’ long-term vision and success, maintaining her close relationships with franchisees and increasing Great Clips’ presence within the broader industry and business community.

“Our executive leadership team has worked together for over 12 years and shares a common vision and belief regarding what has made Great Clips successful and the values that need to be maintained for generations to come,” said Olsen. “With that in mind, just as important as understanding what will change with these leadership transitions, is acknowledging what will not change: our brand focus and commitment to our franchisees and customers.”

Olsen will also focus on maintaining Great Clips’ vision, “operationalizing” the long-term plan from the Chairman and translating it to the President, driving the strategic plan, and developing a strategic view for the future.

“We are all excited about the growing strength of our company and its potential to be a legacy brand; one that will positively affect the lives of thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of customers,” said Olsen. “We’ve built a great brand that we can be proud of…a brand that means something to our guests. My goal moving forward is to help lead our focus of continuing to build that brand so the next generation of guests and team members can benefit from it.”

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And, it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In. To check-in online, visit or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit