The Jones Group Inc. (ticker: JNY, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Jones Apparel Group, Inc. Appoints Ron Offir President E-Commerce
NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
(NYSE: JNY) today announced that Ronald ("Ron") Offir, 38, has been appointed
to the newly created position of President, e-Commerce and will be responsible
for maximizing the online channel across all of Jones' brands and divisions.
Mr. Offir will report to Wesley R. Card, President and Chief Executive
Mr. Offir brings a great deal of e-commerce and overall industry
experience to Jones, having most recently served as President of Kompo e-
Commerce Solutions, a full service e-commerce firm. From 2002-2006, he served
as Divisional Vice President, Coach.com where he was responsible for the e-
commerce division, including strategy, merchandising, planning, marketing and
front end operations.
Wesley R. Card, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Ron joins
us at an opportune time as we intensify our focus on our core brands. He
brings the right balance of industry knowledge and e-commerce expertise that
will benefit Jones' brands and divisions, and enhance our relationships with
our loyal consumer base. Shopping online is a critical marketing tool, and
offers our consumers more convenient access to the Jones portfolio of brands.
Ron is the ideal executive to lead our e-commerce effort, as we explore new
channel partnerships to reach existing and new consumers in various markets
across the globe."
Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (http://www.jny.com), a Fortune 500 company, is
a leading designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, footwear and
accessories. The Company also markets directly to consumers through our chain
of specialty retail and value-based stores, and operates the Barneys New York
chain of luxury stores. The Company's nationally recognized brands include
Jones New York, Nine West, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Kasper, Bandolino,
Easy Spirit, Evan-Picone, Norton McNaughton, Erika, l.e.i., Energie, Enzo
Angiolini, Joan & David, Mootsies Tootsies, Sam & Libby, Napier, Judith Jack,
Albert Nipon, Le Suit and Barneys New York. The Company also markets costume
jewelry under the Givenchy brand licensed from Givenchy Corporation and
footwear under the Dockers Women brand licensed from Levi Strauss & Co. Each
brand is differentiated by its own distinctive styling, pricing strategy,
distribution channel and target consumer. The Company contracts for the
manufacture of its products through a worldwide network of quality
manufacturers. The Company has capitalized on its nationally known brand names
by entering into various licenses for several of its trademarks, including
Jones New York, Evan-Picone, Anne Klein New York, Nine West, Gloria Vanderbilt
and l.e.i., with select manufacturers of women's and men's products which the
Company does not manufacture. For more than 30 years, the Company has built a
reputation for excellence in product quality and value, and in operational
SOURCE Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
Executive Vice President Marketing of
Jones Apparel Group, Inc.,
or Joele Frank and Sharon Stern of
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher,
Web site: http://www.jny.com