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Mr Christopher to join Zale as VP of Quality Assurance

Apr '08
Zale Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North America, announced that William Acevedo has been named Executive Vice President (EVP), Chief Stores Officer (CSO). Mr. Acevedo will be responsible for store operations for all of the Company's brands and will report directly to Neal Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I have known William for 13 years and he is an outstanding leader with strong technical and managerial skills. William has consistently improved the selling experience for customers in every organization he has been a part of. One of the principle components to our plan is focusing on the customer and improving the selling experience across all of our brands. I know William will bring passion and proven customer insight to help us achieve this goal,” said Mr. Goldberg.

Mr. Acevedo is a retail veteran with more than 18 years of store operations and merchandising experience. Most recently, Mr. Acevedo served as Vice President of Stores for Banana Republic. His responsibilities included managing all aspects of this $2.0 billion North American market with over 440 store locations.

Mr. Acevedo spent the first 13 years of his career at Macy's, beginning as an Executive Trainee in 1989 and progressing to Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Stores. Mr. Acevedo is a graduate of Brown University.

The Company also announced that Eric Christopher will join the Company as Vice President of Quality Assurance reporting to Gil Hollander, Executive Vice President, Chief Sourcing and Supply Chain Officer. Mr. Christopher will play a critical role executing the Company's merchandising and sourcing initiatives.

As part of his 30-year career, Mr. Christopher has more than 16 years of retail experience sourcing product with a focus on quality assurance. Mr. Christopher served the last 12 years as Vice President of Quality Assurance and Corporate Ethics Officer for QVC, Inc. Prior to QVC, Inc., he was responsible for quality at Nordstrom's.

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