The Jones Group Continues to Attract Leading Talent

Rodney Hutton Appointed Chief Merchandising Officer of Anne Klein Brands and Daniela Bocresion Appointed Chief Merchandising Officer of Rachel Roy Brands

Oct 26, 2010, 08:30 ET from The Jones Group Inc.

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Jones Group Inc. ("Jones," the "Company") (NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has further enhanced its talent with the additions of Rodney Hutton as Chief Merchandising Officer of Anne Klein Brands and Daniela Bocresion as Chief Merchandising Officer of Rachel Roy Brands, both effective immediately.   Mr. Hutton and Ms. Bocresion will both report to Susan Metzger, Chief Executive Officer of Women's Wholesale Sportswear for The Jones Group.  

Richard Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses for The Jones Group said: "We welcome Rodney and Daniela to the Jones team.  Their industry experience will be instrumental in growing these valuable brands - Anne Klein and Rachel Roy - to their full marketplace potential.  As we develop into the most powerful portfolio of brands in fashion, we have brought in-house some of the industry's most impressive design and merchant talents, and have enabled opportunities for our own emerging leaders."

In the newly created role of Chief Merchandising Officer of Anne Klein Brands, Mr. Hutton will oversee all merchandising activities for production, sales, marketing and design.  Mr. Hutton is a 21-year industry veteran with expertise in general management, merchandising, sales development and team and brand development strategies.  Prior to joining The Jones Group, Mr. Hutton was Principal at Fashion Iconic LLC, an established brand strategic development consultancy, where he developed and implemented brand merchandising, marketing and sales strategies across retail, wholesale and e-commerce for clients.  Mr. Hutton also held head merchant positions at Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani Corporation USA.

In the newly created role of Chief Merchandising Officer of Rachel Roy Brands, Ms. Bocresion will oversee all merchandising activities for production, sales, marketing and design for both Rachel Roy and RACHEL Rachel Roy.  Ms. Bocresion brings 15 years of industry experience to Jones.  Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Lacoste USA, overseeing merchandising and visual activities in wholesale retail and e-commerce for men's, women's, children's and licensed products.  At Lacoste, Ms. Bocresion lead the Merchandising efforts, executing a fully integrated brand management strategy which re-introduced the brand to the U.S. market and helped transform the business into what it is today. Previously, Ms. Bocresion held various positions in production management and product development. Ms. Bocresion started her career at Ann Taylor, where she was part of the original team that launched Ann Taylor LOFT.

About The Jones Group Inc.

The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 lifestyle brands with best-in-class product expertise across five divisions: apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags.  The Jones Group has a reputation for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution and talent.  The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

The Company's nationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L) include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Rachel Roy (L), Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, B Brian Atwood (L), Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i, Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co, GLO, Joan & David, Joneswear, Andrew Marc/Marc Moto (L), Kasper, Energie, Evan Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Dockers (L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon and Pappagallo.  

The Jones Group Inc. Investors: John T. McClain, CFO (212) 642-3860

Media: Joele Frank and Sharon Stern Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher (212) 355-4449

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