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Ascena names Kate Buggeln lead independent director

Oct '18
Courtesy: Ascena Retail
Courtesy: Ascena Retail
Ascena retail, a specialty retailer of apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment, Value Fashion segment, Plus Fashion segment, and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment, has named Kate Buggeln as lead independent director and Carrie W Teffner as member of board of directors. Meanwhile, Randy L Pearce has retired.

Buggeln, a current member of ascena’s board, succeeds Pearce as lead independent director. Buggeln has been a member of ascena’s Board since 2004. She is currently chair of ascena’s Leadership and Corporate Governance Committee and also serves on its Audit Committee. In her added capacity as lead independent director, Buggeln will preside at executive sessions of the independent directors and serve as liaison between the independent directors and the chairman of the board.

Buggeln is a business growth advisor and strategist. She was a senior advisor with Irving Place Capital, , from 2012 to 2018. Prior to joining Irving Place Capital, Buggeln was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Coach, where she led strategies to maximise franchise momentum and enter new categories and markets. She also spent many years as a retail consultant at LakeWest Group and Coopers & Lybrand, where she advised retail companies on business strategy, operations, e-commerce and supply chain.

“We are grateful for Randy’s leadership over the past 13 years,” said David Jaffe, chairman and chief executive officer of ascena retail group. “We are thrilled to have Kate assume this new lead role. Her background in strategic planning, marketing and new business development has been invaluable to us. That expertise, combined with Kate’s deep knowledge of ascena, will serve us well moving forward.”

“I am incredibly proud that ascena's independent directors have asked me to serve in this role,” said Buggeln. “I look forward to leveraging their considerable talents, my board history and knowledge in service of our stockholders.”

Teffner, currently executive vice president Finance and Strategic Projects of Crocs, will assume Pearce’s role as chair of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation and Stock Incentive Committee.

Teffner is a tenured retail executive with an extensive 30-year background in strategy and operations. At Crocs, she has led a company-wide transformation to improve quality of revenue and profitability. Prior to joining Crocs in 2015, Teffner served as EVP and CFO at both PetSmart, and Weber-Stephen Products. Previously, she served as senior vice president and CFO at Timberland and spent 21 years at Sara Lee Corporation in a variety of senior leadership roles

“We are pleased with the expertise that Carrie brings to ascena, and how well both she and Kate complement our board membership,” said Jaffe. “As an organisation that serves women and girls, having a board that is representative of our customer and associate base is critical. We believe that boards with gender diversity outperform in terms of profitability, governance and teamwork. With this appointment, we are proud that six of our 11 board members are women.”

“I am honoured to join ascena’s talented and diverse board and I look forward to leveraging my experience with leading consumer brands to deliver value to ascena’s shareholders,” said Teffner. (SV)

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