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ascena retail group, inc. Appoints Wendy L. Hufford as Senior Vice President and General Counsel

MAHWAH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2018-- ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) today announced the appointment of Wendy L. Hufford as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective immediately. Hufford will oversee all legal matters for the company and will serve on the company’s leadership team, reporting to David Jaffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Hufford joins the company from Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she was the Chief Operating Officer, Legal Department & Vice President, U.S. Litigation, Risk Management & Human Resources. Prior to that, she held executive leadership positions at ITT Corporation and Cardinal Health, as well as in-house roles at GE Consumer Finance and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Earlier in her career, Hufford was in private practice at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Ward on the U.S. District Court of the Southern District Court of New York. She is a graduate of Colgate University and The Yale Law School.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wendy to our team,” said David Jaffe. “In addition to her impressive legal career, she is passionate about leading initiatives to help working women and families in the workplace and has been recognized for her dedication to mentoring and leadership development. This made Wendy the right person for this important role.”

Hufford, a mother of eight, received a 2017 Working Mother of the Year award from Working Mother magazine. She has led women’s leadership programming throughout her career and in 2016 received a Transformation Leadership Award from Inside Counsel magazine for advancing the empowerment of women in corporate law. Hufford also designed and co-founded the Women’s Initiative Network at Cardinal Health, for which the company won an ACE Award in 2012 from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,600 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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