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Joan Munnelly to expand Claire's merchandise assortments
Jun '08
Claire's Stores Inc a leading specialty retailer offering value-priced jewelry and accessories, announces the appointment of Joan Munnelly, an accomplished and proven executive with over 30 years of retail experience, to a new company position of Chief Merchandise Officer reporting to Gene Kahn, Claire's CEO.

In her new position as Chief Merchandise Officer, Joan will oversee the entire assortment strategy and merchandise process for our worldwide business, working in concert with our buying teams in North America and Europe.

She will have direct responsibility for our fashion, trend, and product innovation function, our product design and development team, and our Asian-based sourcing organization.

Joan's responsibilities will also include overseeing assortment planning, selection, and the buying process from concept development through merchandise commitment.

In addition, Joan will be a member of the Corporate Senior Management Team charged with establishing and implementing the Company's current and future global direction.

Gene Kahn, Claire's CEO, stated, "Joan's exceptionally rich and varied experience in the retail business as a product-driven merchant makes her especially well-suited for this important new position at Claire's as we continue to build on our global merchandise offense.

We believe Joan brings tremendous value through her demonstrated leadership skills and extensive merchandising experience in specialty retail, with a particular focus on our core customers."

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