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Claire's names former Avon CEO as new Chair

Sophie Smith
09 February 2022

Accessories and jewellery brand Claire's has announced the appointment of Laurie Ann Goldman as Chair of the company's board of managers.

In her new role, Goldman aims to build on the board's expertise across disciplines including brand marketing, retail operations, merchandising, finance, accounting, investment and strategic planning.

Goldman has over 30 years of management and operating experience in building consumer businesses across the retail and apparel, film and television, hospitality, food and beverage industries.

She previously served as CEO of Avon North America, CEO of Spanx for 12 years and in leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company and Macy's.

Succeeding Samantha Algaze, who has served as Board Chair since 2018, Goldman will continue Claire's "strong representation" of female leaders, who account for 50% of the board. Algaze will continue to serve on the board alongside Claire's CEO Ryan Vero and other non-executive directors.

Ryan Vero, CEO at Claire's, said: "Laurie Ann's incredible track record, dedication to brand evolution and operational excellence, as well as her unique perspective, complements our vision and will be instrumental in further ensuring long-term success as we strengthen the power and reach of our brand."

Laurie Ann Goldman, Claire's Chair of the board, said: "I'm thrilled to be joining the Claire's Board of Managers during this exciting time as the team builds on the strong legacy of Claire's and accelerates its leadership as a global brand. I look forward to joining this visionary management team to make a positive impact on the continued success of Claire's."

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