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Mr John to lead Claire's & Icing North American businesses

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Mar '08
Claire's Stores Inc a leading specialty retailer offering value-priced jewelry and accessories, has named John A. Zimmermann as President, North America reporting to Gene Kahn, Claire's CEO.

John will lead the Claire's and Icing North American businesses. He has direct responsibility for merchandising and operations of more than 2,100 stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and will participate as a key leader within the Corporate Senior Management Team helping to establish future global direction.

He spent the last six years with the Zale Corporation, most recently as Corporate Group President and President, Zale North America.

John Zimmermann is an important addition to our Company's management team. He brings to Claire's an extensive retail background and proven track record based on the skills he has developed over three decades of successfully operating and growing businesses within the specialty retail arena.

He has strong merchandising experience that produced excellent revenue performance with commensurate financial results.

"Claire's North America is our largest division and an important segment of our business. We are very pleased to have John, with his impressive credentials and capabilities, providing the leadership to take our business forward," said Gene Kahn.

"I am excited by this addition to our team based on John's experience and achievements, which have encompassed growing revenue, expanding gross margin and managing inventory while always remaining focused on the customers' expectations.


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