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Ms. McGalla named Wet Seal's CEO
Jan '11
The Wet Seal Inc, a leading specialty retailer to young women, announced it has entered into an employment contract with Susan P. McGalla to serve as its new chief executive officer through August 8, 2014. Ms. McGalla will assume her position as chief executive officer on January 18, 2011. Mr. Ed Thomas will remain as interim chief executive officer until January 18, 2011, and thereafter will remain employed by the Company until February 8, 2011, to assist with transition.

Until the relocation of her family residence to Southern California, which will occur by August 8, 2011, Ms. McGalla will be based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ms. McGalla will be appointed as a member of the Company's board of directors upon the commencement of her employment as chief executive officer.

Ms. McGalla joins the Company after her 14-year tenure with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. She most recently served as its president and chief merchandising officer, leading a portfolio of four brands reaching customers ranging across the children's, teen and young contemporary demographic spaces. Ms. McGalla served in key roles throughout American Eagle Outfitters' high-growth era, a period during which that company grew to nearly 1,100 stores and $3.0 billion in annual revenue.

Ms. McGalla stated, "I am very excited to assume the CEO helm at Wet Seal. The Company has tremendous growth potential, and the financial strength to execute its growth and other business strategies. I look forward to partnering with management and the board of directors to build upon the success of this well recognized juniors and young contemporary retail franchise."

A committee of the Company's board of directors oversaw the search for a new CEO. The committee was comprised of Hal Kahn, the Company's chairman and a former chairman and chief executive officer of Macy's East, a division of Macy's, and Henry Winterstern, chairman of the compensation committee of the Company's board of directors.

Mr. Kahn commented, "The committee conducted an extensive search over the past several months to ensure we identified a CEO for our company who can opportunistically navigate these challenging times and position Wet Seal for future success, and we believe Susan is such a leader. Susan brings proven specialty retail merchandising and corporate leadership talent to our company, having led all creative functions, in addition to new brand development, at American Eagle Outfitters during a sustained period of growth in sales productivity, store base and market capitalization. Susan complements an already strong executive team at Wet Seal that will drive further growth and improvement of our two operating divisions."

Mr. Kahn concluded, "I would again like to thank Ed Thomas for his years of service with Wet Seal and his efforts ensuring the smooth transition of the CEO role."

The Wet Seal Inc

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