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JoS A Bank Clothiers strengthens management team

Jun '05
One of the nation's leading retailers of men's classically-styled tailored and casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories JoS. A. Bank Clothiers Inc announces the promotion of two key merchandising and sourcing executives to the titles of Vice President - General Merchandise Manager and Senior Vice President of Inventory Management and Merchandise Planning.

Frank Barbarino has been promoted to the position of Vice President - General Merchandise Manager for all tailored clothing. This position was most recently held by James Thorne who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Inventory Management and Planning.

Mr. Barbarino will be responsible for all tailored clothing merchandising functions including design, product development, sourcing, manufacturing, and the management of sales and gross margin.

Mr. Thorne's new position has been upgraded from the Vice President level as part of the company's on-going effort to position itself for continued store growth and to achieve its goal of opening and operating 500 stores in the USA.

"Frank is one of the most innovative, aggressive, and savvy merchants that I have ever worked with and as the GMM he will have a tremendously positive impact on our already successful tailored clothing business," stated R. Neal Black, Chief Merchandising Officer.

"After our associates, our inventory is our most valuable asset and I am very pleased to be able to promote Jim Thorne, one of our most trusted and experienced executives, to plan and manage that asset as we go through one of the most aggressive growth plans in retailing today," stated Robert N. Wildrick, President and CEO.

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