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J.Crew Group Bolsters Management Team with Proven Leaders to Advance Long-Term Strategic Growth Plan

April 1, 2021 at 9:30 AM EDT

Jose Davila, Danielle Schmelkin, Derek Yarbrough, and Liz Hershfield Join CEO Libby Wadle to Lead Company's Human Resources, Information & Technology, Marketing & Ecommerce, and Sustainability Functions Respectively

Furthers J.Crew Group's Purpose-Driven Culture, Deep Connection with Customers, and Commitment to Innovation & Operational Excellence

Frits Dirk van Paasschen, Anna Fieler, and Nadia Rawlinson Join J.Crew Group's Board of Directors

NEW YORK, April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- J.Crew Group (the "Company") today announced that it has taken important steps to build out its leadership team in order to advance its long-term strategic growth plan.

The Company has appointed four highly experienced retail industry leaders—Jose Davila, Chief People Officer; Danielle Schmelkin, Chief Information Officer; Derek Yarbrough, Chief Marketing Officer; and Liz Hershfield, Senior Vice President Sustainability—to its senior management team, which is led by Libby Wadle, J.Crew Group's Chief Executive Officer. These individuals will be integral in accelerating J.Crew Group's approach to building a digital-first, purpose-driven organization under its J.Crew, Madewell, and J.Crew Factory brands.

"I believe strong and relevant brands are customer-centric, community-minded, purpose-driven and powered through innovation, technology and a deeply collaborative culture," said Libby Wadle, J.Crew Group's Chief Executive Officer. "Jose, Danielle, Derek and Liz are proven leaders in their respective fields, share our core values, and bring significant expertise as well as a passion for our brands that will drive our business forward."

  • Jose Davila, Chief People Officer. In this role, Jose will guide J.Crew Group's overall people strategy and execution. Jose's brings 25 years of talent management and brand-building experience, as well as a deep knowledge of the retail industry to J.Crew Group. He most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources for Levi Strauss & Co., where he oversaw North and South America. Previously, he spent more than ten years at Gap Inc., where he held a series of leadership positions, including Head of International Human Resources, Head of Human Resources for Banana Republic, and Vice President, Human Resources for the Gap Brand Stores Organization.
  • Danielle Schmelkin, Chief Information Officer. In this role, Danielle leads J.Crew Group's digital transformation by maximizing data insights, increasing connectedness and interactivity with customers, driving innovation and fortifying IT architecture. She most recently served as Chief Information Officer of Madewell. Danielle is a recognized technology and digital innovator who brings over 20 years of experience to this position.
  • Derek Yarbrough, Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Derek is responsible for all marketing, creative, and Ecommerce initiatives for the J.Crew and Madewell brands. Derek is a recognized leader in Ecommerce, marketing and the fashion industry and brings over 20 years of experience to this newly created position. He spent the previous eight years at Madewell where he played increasingly important roles, and most recently served as the brand's CMO.
  • Liz Hershfield, Senior Vice President Sustainability. In this newly created role, Liz leads sustainability innovation for the J.Crew, Madewell and J.Crew Factory brands. She will focus on driving a company-wide sustainability agenda that will maximize positive impact and position the J.Crew Group as a leader in sustainable retail. She will continue to oversee Sourcing for Madewell as well as this new role. Liz brings over 25 years of experience and deep knowledge of sourcing and sustainability to the position.

These leaders are part of a strong management team which includes Michael Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer and Vincent Zanna, Chief Financial Officer.

J.Crew Group also announced the following appointments to its Board of Directors.

  • Frits Dirk van Paasschen, a seasoned global executive who spent more than a decade as a Fortune 500 CEO, first at The Coors Brewing Company and then at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Previously, he held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike's President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and Royal DSM.
  • Anna Fieler, a transformative technology executive and investor who founded and currently runs Madison Park Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in technology companies that advance well-being, connection and productivity. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer of PopSugar. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shake Shack Inc. and Quinstreet, Inc.
  • Nadia Rawlinson, a global human resources executive who currently serves as the Chief People Officer at Slack. Previously, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Live Nation Entertainment and Rakuten USA and she also served as Co-Head of Global Human Resources of Groupon. She was recognized by Black Enterprises Magazine as one of the 'Most Powerful Women in Corporate America' and as one of the '300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America' in 2019 and 2018, respectively. Nadia also serves on the Board of Directors of Vail Resorts, Inc.

About J.Crew Group
J.Crew Group is an internationally recognized omnichannel retailer of women's, men's, and children's apparel, shoes, and accessories. As of April 1, 2021, the Company operates 152 J.Crew retail stores, 143 Madewell stores, and 147 J.Crew Factory stores in nearly every state in the United States, and also maintains J.Crew, Madewell, and J.Crew Factory websites. For more information visit, and

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Certain statements herein are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company's goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.