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Talbots names Lesli Gilbert SVP of Stores
Jun '11
The Talbots Inc announced that it has named Lesli Gilbert Senior Vice President of Stores, effective June 27, 2011. In this role, Ms. Gilbert will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Talbots core retail operations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as supporting the implementation of the Company's store reimage and rationalization programs. She will report directly to Trudy F. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Talbots, Inc.

Ms. Gilbert brings more than 20 years of retail industry experience to Talbots, with extensive expertise in store operations. She joins Talbots from T-Mobile, USA, where she served as Regional Vice President East and was responsible for the operation and profitability of the company's highest volume retail region, generating approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue, as she grew the region from approximately 280 stores to greater than 580 points of distribution including inline, street, and mall and kiosk locations.

Prior to this, Ms. Gilbert was Senior Director of Sales and Customer Experience at GAP, Inc. Previously, she held senior level store operations positions at Charlotte Russe, Discover Channel Stores and Sunglasses Hut International. Ms. Gilbert began her career as Store Sales Manager at The Limited, where she was a top performer throughout her nine year tenure.

Ms. Sullivan commented, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Lesli to Talbots. She is a seasoned retail executive with a proven track record of success and a strong history of accomplishments. I am confident that Lesli's skill set and extensive experience overseeing sales, operations, communications, training and customer service will be an immediate asset as we continue to pursue our key initiatives. We look forward to her contributions as we accelerate our store reimage and store rationalization programs and continue to focus on enhancing execution and productivity at the store level."

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