NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual and active apparel for young women and men, today announced that Kent A. Kleeberger has been appointed to serve as a director on the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Kleeberger was designated to serve as a director by Sycamore Partners Management LLC, which holds designation rights associated with Aeropostale's May 2014 strategic partnership and financing transaction with Sycamore Partners.
Mr. Kleeberger joins the Aeropostale board with more than 27 years of retail, operational and financial experience. Mr. Kleeberger served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Chico's FAS Inc. from February 2011 to March 2015, after serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the retailer from November 2007 to January 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Kleeberger served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. from July 2004 to October 2007. Additionally, Mr. Kleeberger held a number of positions at Tween Brands, Inc. (formerly Too, Inc.) from April 1998 to June 2004, including Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and board member through February 2004. Prior to his retail career, Mr. Kleeberger was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG for 13 years. Mr. Kleeberger is also a member of the board of directors of Shoe Carnival, Inc., where he serves on the compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees and as chairman of the audit committee.
Karin Hirtler-Garvey, Chairperson of Aeropostale, Inc., commented, "With more than 27 years of experience at several well known retailers, Kent brings a strong combination of retail, operational and financial acumen to our Board. We welcome Kent to Aeropostale and look forward to the valuable insights he will share and the contributions he will make as we continue to execute Aeropostale's turnaround."
About Aeropostale, Inc.
Aeropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aeropostale stores and website. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment. Aeropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. Aeropostale products can be purchased in Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores, in certain Aeropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 759 Aeropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 26 P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company's licensees currently operate 287 Aeropostale® and P.S. from Aeropostale® locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Since November 2012, Aeropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer. GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.
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