Board of Directors

Investors

Doug Ewert

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ewert joined the Company in 1995. From 1996 to 1999, he served as General Merchandise Manager. From 1999 to 2000, he served as Vice President – Merchandising and General Merchandise Manager. In April 2000, he was named Senior Vice President – Merchandising, and in March 2001 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, K&G Men's Company. In March 2002, he was named Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager. In January 2005, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. On January 26, 2008, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer. On June 15, 2011, Mr. Ewert became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

William B. Sechrest

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Sechrest was a founding shareholder in the law firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. from 1973 to 2006, specializing in finance and banking practice. He then joined the law firm of Shartis Friese LLP as "counsel" in 2007, continuing until 2008. Currently, Mr. Sechrest is actively involved as a founding shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Ojai Community Bank and Ojai Energy Systems, Inc. (energy storage through patented Li-Ion technologies) and is the chief financial officer of Ojai Energy Systems, Inc. Mr. Sechrest is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

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David Edwab

Vice Chairman

Mr. Edwab joined the Company in 1991 and served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. In 1993, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. In 1997, Mr. Edwab was named President of the Company. In 2000, Mr. Edwab resigned as President of the Company to join Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. ("Bear Stearns") as a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Retail Group in the Investment Banking Department of Bear Stearns. Concurrently, Mr. Edwab was named Vice Chairman of the Board for the Company. In 2002, Mr. Edwab re-joined the Company and continues to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. Mr. Edwab is an "inactive" Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Edwab is also a director of New York & Company, Inc., where he serves as chairman of their nomination and governance committee and is on their audit committee, and Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., where he serves as lead director, is on their audit committee and is chairman of their compensation committee.

Rinaldo S. Brutoco

Director

Mr. Brutoco has been since 2000, President and Chief Executive Officer of ShangriLa Consulting, Inc., which is affiliated with the ShangriLa Group, a privately held consulting and merchant banking concern. He also is founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Business Academy and has authored multiple books and articles on energy policy and innovation.

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Sheldon I. Stein

Director

Mr. Stein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Glazer's Distributors, one of the country's largest distributors of wine, spirits, and malt products. From 2008 until July 2010, Mr. Stein was a Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Head of Southwest Investment Banking for Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2008, Mr. Stein had been with Bear Stearns for over twenty years as a Senior Managing Director running Bear Stearns' Southwest Investment Banking Group and as a member of Bear Stearns' President Advisory Council. Mr. Stein is also a director of Alon USA Partners, LP, where he serves on the audit committee. In addition, Mr. Stein served as a director of Tuesday Morning Corporation from September 2011 until May 31, 2012.

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Grace Nichols

Director

Ms. Nichols spent more than twenty years at Victoria's Secret, including 14 years as Chief Executive Officer from 1992 until she retired in January 2007. Ms. Nichols also held various senior merchandising positions in teen's and women's apparel at The Broadway Southern California divisions of Carter, Hawley, Hale, Inc. from 1971 to 1986. Ms. Nichols is also a director of New York & Company, Inc., where she serves as non-executive chairperson and is on the nomination and governance committee and the compensation committee. In addition, Ms. Nichols served as a director of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. from 2007 to March 20, 2012. Ms. Nichols holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a national public director and credentialing organization.

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Allen I. Questrom

Director

Mr. Questrom was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus, Inc. from 1988 to 1990. He was Chairman and CEO of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy's) from February 1990 to May 1997. He served as Chairman of the Board of Barneys New York, Inc. from May 1999 to January 2001 and as Chief Executive Officer and President from May 1999 until September 2000. From 2000 to December 2004, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney Company. He has been a Senior Advisor for Lee Equity Partners since 2006. Mr. Questrom is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Sotheby's and the Glaser Family of Companies. Until 2013, Mr. Questrom was a member of the Board of Directors of Foot Locker, Inc. and until 2010, a member of the Board of Directors of Wal Mart Stores, Inc. and was non-executive Chairman of Deb Shops, Inc.

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B. Michael Becker

Director

Mr. Becker has served as a director at Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. since January 2008 and is Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Becker spent his career as an Audit Partner for Ernst & Young LLP from 1979 until his retirement in 2006. Mr. Becker was a Senior Consultant on airline risks to Pay Pal, Inc. from August 2008 to November 2009 and from August 2006 to August 2008 had a consulting practice which had an arrangement with Ernst & Young LLP to provide accounting and audit consulting services for two of its clients. Mr. Becker served as an Audit Partner for Ernst & Young LLP since 1979, where he spent the entirety of his career prior to his retirement. Mr. Becker holds an MBA and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.

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Irene Chang Britt

Director

Ms. Chang Britt joined Campbell Soup Company in 2005 and while there held a number of roles including President, Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer with responsibility for global strategy development, global marketing services and global consumer insights. Prior to Campbell, she held leadership roles with Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. Ms. Chang Britt currently serves on the Board of Dunkin Brands Group Inc. and formerly served on the Board of Sunoco, Inc. Ms. Chang Britt earned her BA degree from the University of Toronto and her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Dinesh Lathi

Director

Dinesh has an extensive financial background and has been very involved in the consumer digital space for over 10 years.  Dinesh is the former Chief Executive Officer of One Kings Lane, a premium home décor and lifestyle destination.  Prior to One Kings Lane, Dinesh spent seven years in various executive roles at eBay Inc.

Mr. Lathi earned his BS Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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