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New presidents named for Loft, Ann Taylor

Ascena Retail Group has promoted insiders to presidents of the brands in its premium fashion segments.

The apparel retail giant named Andrew Clarke as president of its Loft brand. Since 2017, he has held the role of executive VP, chief merchandising officer at ascena’s Justice brand.

Prior to Justice, Clark was president of Kmart apparel for Sears Holdings Corp. He began his career at Marks and Spencer PLC.

In addition, Julie Rosen was tapped as president of the Ann Taylor and Lou & Grey brands. Since 2016, she held the role of senior VP, general merchandise manager at ascena’s Ann Taylor brand. In early 2018, her role was expanded to include the Lou & Grey brand.

Rosen started her career at Gap’s Banana Republic and was named VP of women’s merchandising in 2000 and senior VP in 2001. In 2007, Rosen founded Julie B. Rosen Consulting. She rejoined GAP Inc. as senior VP of merchandising for Banana Republic in 2009.

“Julie and Andrew are strong leaders, who are committed to both their customer and teams, and I am confident that they will serve these amazing brands well,” said Gary Muto, president and CEO, ascena Brands

Ascena operates e-commerce websites and approximately 4,700 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It offers apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, Loft, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice).
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