-- Alexandra Patton Sweeney Re-Joins Zale as Vice President,
Divisional Merchandise Manager
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 05, 2008
Zale Corporation (NYSE: ZLC), a leading specialty retailer of fine
jewelry in North America, today announced that Mary Kwan, a retail
veteran with more than 25 years of merchandising experience, has been
named Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer. Ms.
Kwan's responsibilities will include oversight of the merchandising
initiatives of all of the Company's brands. She will report directly
to Neal Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Kwan, most recently served as President and Chief
Merchandising Officer for Goody's Family Clothing, which generated
revenues of $1.2 billion in 2007. At Goody's, her responsibilities
included managing all aspects of design, merchandising, planning,
sourcing and e-commerce activities for the company. Prior to Goody's,
Ms. Kwan held senior merchandising positions at Quiksilver
Incorporated, Levi Strauss & Company and Lane Bryant. Ms. Kwan is a
graduate of the University of San Francisco.
"Mary is a seasoned executive with a solid track record of
focusing on the customer and building strong merchandising teams,"
said Mr. Goldberg. "She will be instrumental in developing more
compelling assortments that highlight our good-better-best value
proposition and ensuring we are connecting with our core customer.
Additionally, her specialty retail background will be key as we strive
to be the best in diamonds, identify trends and create fresh,
Zale also announced today that Alexandra Patton Sweeney will
re-join the Company as Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager
of diamond fashion and anniversary bands, reporting to Mary Kwan. Ms.
Sweeney has a strong background in specialty jewelry, having served in
various senior buying positions for Bailey, Banks & Biddle during the
last ten years. Prior to that, Ms. Sweeney was a buyer for Dillards,
About Zale Corporation
Zale Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of fine jewelry
in North America, operating approximately 2,150 retail locations
throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as
online. Zale Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales
Outlet, Gordon's Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and
Piercing Pagoda. Zale also operates online at www.zales.com and
www.gordonsjewelers.com. Additional information on Zale Corporation
and its brands is available at www.zalecorp.com.
David H. Sternblitz, 972-580-5047
Vice President and Treasurer
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