Borders Group Appoints Susan Harwood Chief Information Officer

Aug 20, 2007, 01:00 ET from Borders Group, Inc.

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Susan Harwood joins
 Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE:   BGP) as Chief Information Officer, effective
 today. She reports to Borders Group Chief Executive Officer George Jones.
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     Prior to joining Borders, Harwood served as Vice President of
 Information Technology at Books-A-Million, Inc. since 2001, where she was
 responsible for all information technology operations for the 200-store
 retail chain and its subsidiaries. From 1995 through 2001, Harwood was with
 Crown Books, where she began working as an independent consultant and
 advanced through a series of information technology management positions
 including Director of Systems Planning, Director of Corporate Systems, and
 Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, a
 post she held from 1998 through 2001. Previous to Crown, Harwood was a
 Senior Analyst and Project Leader for Circuit City Stores from 1990 to
     At Borders, Harwood is responsible for the overall vision, strategic
 direction and tactical delivery of all information technology systems and
 solutions to support the company's business operations, which include over
 1,200 Borders and Waldenbooks stores worldwide as well as distribution
 facilities and the company's corporate headquarters. She spearheads all
 information technology initiatives, including merchandising and warehouse
 management systems, and is responsible for the company's technology
 infrastructure and for driving emerging technologies. In addition, Harwood
 plays a key role in leading technology supporting the ongoing development
 of, the proprietary e-commerce site that the company will
 launch in the first quarter of 2008.
     "Technology is central to our mission to be a headquarters for
 knowledge and entertainment," said Jones. "Susan is a proven leader with
 decades of experience in information technology and in the retail book
 business. After a comprehensive search, we are delighted to have Susan
 guiding our IT team and helping to lead the company toward the successful
 execution of our strategic plan for the future of Borders Group."
     "This is truly an exciting time to be at Borders, and I'm thrilled to
 join the management team in the midst of the company's transformation,"
 Harwood said. "Technology plays an integral role in maximizing operational
 performance as well as customer relationships, and I look forward to
 leading the technology team as we join the business in driving meaningful
 change at Borders."
     About Borders Group
     Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE) is a
 leading global retailer of books, music and movies with more than 1,200
 stores and over 32,000 employees worldwide. More information on the company
 is available at

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