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Lisa Harper of Gymboree retires

Jul '06
Specialty retailer Gymboree Corporation announced that Lisa Harper, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, has retired from the company.

Matthew McCauley, CEO, has been named Chairman of the Board. John Pound, a member of the Board of Directors since August 2000, has been designated as Lead Director for the independent directors.

Ms Harper joined The Gymboree Corporation in January 1999 as VP of Design and served as CEO from February 2001 until January 2006. She has been the Chairman of the Board since June 2002.

"We are grateful for the significant turnaround that Gymboree has achieved under Lisa's leadership," commented McCauley, CEO.

"And we are fortunate to be supported by such a talented group of merchants and designers led by President Kip Garcia. His seasoned team will continue carrying on the tradition of creating the best fashion and highest quality children's apparel in the marketplace," he said.

As a result of Ms Harper's retirement, the company will incur a one-time pre-tax charge of approx. $3.4 million ($0.07 per diluted share) in the second fiscal quarter of 2006. In terms of financial guidance, management now expects a loss for the second fiscal quarter of 2006 in the range of $0.11 to $0.09 per diluted share. Full year 2006 earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.35 - $1.38 per diluted share.

Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of July 1, 2006, it operated a total of 680 stores: 569 Gymboree retail stores (541 in the US and 28 in Canada), 25 Gymboree Outlet retail stores, 69 Janie and Jack retail shops and 17 Janeville stores in the United States.

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