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

Mar '08
He will be a valuable addition in strengthening our merchandising, planning and allocation, store operations, and marketing efforts in North America."

"Claire's represents a significant opportunity and I am delighted to join such an outstanding retail team," said John Zimmermann.

"My experiences are very relevant to Claire's goals, and I am confident that together we will be able to build upon the Company's record of accomplishment."

Starting as an executive trainee in 1981 with John Wanamaker, the Philadelphia, PA-based department store, John went on to hold senior merchandising and executive positions with retail chains that included Federated Department Stores, The Children's Place and Bon Marche, Carter Hawley Hale's The Broadway Stores and Contempo Casuals, as well as Bradlees.

At Zale, as a Corporate Senior Vice President and President of Zale Canada Company, he led a successful turnaround of the company.

In his most recent Zale assignment as President, North America, a 990-store $1.4 billion jewelry retailer with units in the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico, he addressed challenging issues that embraced merchandising, sales, marketing and operational improvement.

John succeeds Lisa LaFosse, who served Claire's for 17 plus years and contributed greatly to the success the Company enjoyed.

She joined Claire's as a District Sales Manager and then held progressively more senior roles ultimately assuming theposition of President, North America.

"Lisa is leaving to spend more time with her family and to pursue other opportunities. We offer our gratitude and appreciation for her many years of service to Claire's," said Gene Kahn.

Claire's Stores Inc

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