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Dale W. Hilpert
Director

Dale W. Hilpert, age 71. Mr. Hilpert has been a director of the Company since 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Footstar, Inc., a footwear retailer that filed under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in 2004. Prior to joining Footstar, from 2001 to 2003, he was Chief Executive Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., a specialty retailer of home furnishings. Before that, Mr. Hilpert was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc., a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel, from 1999 to 2001. Prior to Foot Locker, he spent 17 years at May Department Stores, serving in a variety of senior management positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its Payless Shoe Source division. He is also a director of Signet Jewelers (doing business as Kay Jewelers in the United States). Mr. Hilpert brings to ANN INC. his significant experience in management and operations of businesses in the retail industry. As the Chief Executive Officer of Williams-Sonoma, he led the company in significantly improving sales and profitability and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, he managed the business and operations of the worldwide athletic shoe retailer.