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Rafaella Apparel appoints Christa Michalaros as CEO

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Apr '06
Christa Michalaros has been named Chief Executive Officer of Rafaella Apparel Group Inc, the widely recognized designer, sourcer and marketer of women's career and casual sportswear.

The company, which has been in the women's apparel business since 1982, markets its products primarily under its Rafaella brand sold in Macy's, Belk, Carson's, Nordstrom's and other better department and specialty stores.

"Rafaella is a terrific brand, trusted for quality, fit and style. I am extremely excited about this unique opportunity." said Ms Michalaros. "I look forward to working with the Rafaella team and its impressive customer base, as we look to expand our business in the future."

Most recently, Ms Michalaros spent five years as President of the Tommy Hilfiger Womenswear Division. Prior to that, she worked her way through the ranks of Liz Claiborne from sales assistant to President of the company's Casual Group where she was responsible for overseeing the nearly $1 billion operation.

Ms Michalaros succeeds Glenn Palmer, who will become an advisor to Rafaella, its board, and Cerberus Capital Management L.P. Cerberus acquired the assets of Rafaella Sportswear Inc in June 2005. Ms Michalaros will also be joining the company's board of directors. Ronnie Frankel, founder of Rafaella, remains as an advisor to the company and on its board of directors.

Rafaella Director Vanessa Castagna said, "We are very excited about having someone of Christa'scaliber join our team. She will help us expand the brand and support our customers in new ways that will drive substantial growth in the future."

Rafaella Apparel Group Inc engages in the design and marketing of women's career and casual sportswear.

Rafaella Apparel Group Inc


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