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Talbots names new President of J. Jill brand
Jan '08
The Talbots Inc announced that it has appointed Paula Bennett, 58, as the new President of the J. Jill brand. In this role, Ms. Bennett will be responsible for the growth and profitability of the brand, including merchandising, marketing, direct marketing, stores, as well as store visual and design. Ms. Bennett will report directly to Trudy F. Sullivan, Talbots, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Bennett, a 35-year retail veteran, brings extensive expertise in merchandising, buying, sourcing and product development across both retail and direct marketing channels. She joins the company with a deep understanding of the age 35 plus female consumer, particularly from her career at Eileen Fisher Inc, where she served as Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Bennett is currently with Orchard Brands as President and Chief Executive Officer of Appleseed's, Tog Shop and WinterSilks brands, and has held leadership positions at Tiffany & Co., Federated Department Stores/Bloomingdales and Calvin Klein. She will begin her new role as President of the J. Jill Brand effective January 28, 2008, and will replace Phil Kowalczyk, who was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer of The Talbots, Inc.

Trudy F. Sullivan, The Talbots Inc President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Paula brings an intimate understanding and strong track record of serving our core customer, particularly from her eight years at Eileen Fisher, where she led the successful multi-channel expansion of the brand, tripling sales and significantly improving profitability.

We are thrilled to welcome Paula to this extremely important position, as she has the merchandising, brand and operational expertise needed to drive the direction and growth of the J. Jill brand.”

Ms. Sullivan continued, “This appointment represents another significant step for the Company, as we have nearly completed our key initiative to bring in the right talent to revitalize and reposition our brands for future profitable growth.”

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