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Hot Topic names Cindy Levitt, Vice President of Licensing

Aug '05
Fashion apparel retailer Hot Topic Inc announced that Maria Comfort will join the Company as Senior Vice President (SVP), Chief Merchandise Officer (CMO) of the Hot Topic Division.

Maria will be responsible for buying, merchandise planning, licensing, marketing and hottopic.com. She will start on Monday, August 22nd and report to Jerry Cook, President of Hot Topic.

Maria's 25 years of retail experience have been diverse and distinguished including assignments in teen retailing with Contempo Casuals, product licensing with Kmart and division leadership duties with Nine West, where she was President of 9 & Co.

She also served as Executive Vice President (EVP) of both retail and wholesale operations for Armani US. Most recently, Maria has held the position of Executive Vice President of Lillie Rubin.

Cindy Levitt has been appointed to the new role of Vice President of Licensing. Licensed products (both music and pop culture) represent over 50% of the Hot Topic product assortment.

In Cindy's new role, she will focus on the conceptual management of all licensed properties, identification of new and emerging licenses, negotiations for exclusivity, and collaboration across all product categories to support licenses. Cindy will also be responsible for marketing.

Hot Topic Inc is a national mall-based specialty retailer. Hot Topic offers apparel, accessories and gifts to young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22. Torrid, the Company's second concept, provides plus-size fashion-forward apparel and accessories that target young women principally between the ages of 15 and 29.

The company is expanding rapidly. There are currently over 600 stores with growth continuing each year. Hot Topic is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol HOTT.

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