Board of Directors

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Michael Rahamim , Chairman of the Board

Michael Rahamim has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of J.Jill since our conversion to a corporation in February 2017 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of our former parent company since May 2015. From January 2011 through January 2014, Mr. Rahamim served as the Executive Chairman of Phase Eight (Fashion & Designs) Limited (“Phase Eight”), a portfolio company of TowerBrook, our principal stockholder, and remained Chairman of the Board until January 2015, when Phase Eight was sold. Mr. Rahamim has over 20 years of experience in the fashion retail industry. In 1992, Mr. Rahamim developed the UK franchise of Kookai S.A., a French high fashion business, and introduced the Sandro and Maje French high fashion brands to the UK. Mr. Rahamim has previously worked in soft commodities and financial futures and was one of the founding seat holders on the London International Financial Futures Exchange. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977. Mr. Rahamim currently serves as a director of Kaporal Jeans and has served as a director of Whistles Limited from March 2009 until April 2016. He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Board of TowerBrook. Mr. Rahamim was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive understanding of the International fashion retail industry through his experience in leadership positions and his investments with other retailers.

Claire Spofford , Director, Chief Executive Officer & President

Claire Spofford joined J.Jill in February of 2021 as its Chief Executive Officer and President. She also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining J.Jill, Ms. Spofford was the President of Cornerstone Brands. In that role, she oversaw a portfolio of four interactive, aspirational, home and apparel lifestyle brands: Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road. She led the team there in evolving the brands into profitable, digitally-driven omnichannel businesses. Before being promoted into this role, Ms. Spofford was the President of Garnet Hill. Prior to that, Ms. Spofford was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of J.Jill and held numerous leadership roles at Orchard Brands, including Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Group President for Premium Brands, and President of Appleseed’s. Before joining Orchard Brands, Spofford served as Vice President, Global Marketing of Timberland. Ms. Spofford currently serves on the Board of Directors of Reclaim Childhood, and she previously served on the Boards of White Flower Farm and Project Adventure, Inc. Ms. Spofford received her MBA from Babson College and her Bachelors of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont.

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Andrew Rolfe , Director

Andrew Rolfe has served as a director of J.Jill since our conversion to a corporation in February 2017 and served on the Board of Directors of our former parent company since May 2015. Mr. Rolfe has held various positions with TowerBrook Capital Partners, our principal stockholder, since January 2006. Among other roles, he has served as a Managing Director and the Head of Private Equity, USA, Chairman of the Portfolio Committee, and a member of the Management Committee. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Mr. Rolfe served as President of The Gap Inc.’s International Division from November 2003 until February 2006, where he also served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Rolfe has also held roles as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pret A Manger (Europe) Ltd and the Chief Executive Officer of Booker Foodservice. He previously served as a director of True Religion Apparel, Inc. and Wilton Industries, Inc. He currently serves as a director of Kaporal Jeans and Beverages & More, Inc and as a manager of KeHe Distributors Holdings, LLC. Mr. Rolfe received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.A. from Oxford University. He was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in leadership positions in the retail industry.

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Michael Eck , Director

Michael Eck has served as a director of J.Jill since our conversion to a corporation in February 2017 and served on our Board of Directors of our former parent company since November 2016. Mr. Eck was the Global Head of the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley from 2008 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Eck worked at Citigroup from 1993 to 2008, where he was the Global Head of the Consumer and Retail Banking Group, and at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1987 to 1993. In January 2016, Mr. Eck joined M. Klein and Company, a global strategic advisory firm, as a Senior Advisor. From December 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018, Mr. Eck served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a company developing a multi-use destination attraction and media platform in association with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From February 2020 to October 2020, Mr. Eck was a member of the Board of Directors of Churchill Capital Corp III, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company listed on the NYSE under the symbol “CCXX.” From 2015 to April 2018 he served as an independent Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., a publicly-held leading natural pet food company, until Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. was acquired by General Mills Inc. in April 2018. Mr. Eck is also the co-founder and board member of Steer for Student Athletes. In addition, he previously served as a Board member of USA Ultimate and as a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Shopkick. Mr. Eck received his Masters in Management from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive knowledge of corporate strategy, corporate financing and accounting, capital investment and operations and the consumer sector.

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Michael Recht , Director

Michael Recht has served as a director of J.Jill since our conversion to a corporation in February 2017 and served on our Board of Directors of our former parent company since May 2015. Mr. Recht is a Managing Director at TowerBrook, our principal stockholder, where he has worked since August 2013. From August 2010 to August 2013, Mr. Recht was a Senior Associate with the Retail & Consumer team at Apax Partners LLP (“Apax”). Prior to joining Apax, Mr. Recht was an Associate at Thoma Cressey Bravo where he focused on investments in the consumer products and services sector. Prior to that, Mr. Recht was a member of the Technology & Defense teams at CIBC World Markets. He currently serves as a manager at KeHe Distributors Holdings, LLC. He received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. from Williams College. Mr. Recht was selected to serve on our Board of Directors because of his broad finance experience, particularly in the retail and consumer products industry.

James S. Scully , Director

Jim S. Scully has served as a director of J.Jill since August 2017. Mr. Scully is a private investor and business consultant. From December 2019 through February 2021, Mr. Scully served as J.Jill’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he served as Avon Products, Inc.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2016 to September 2017. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Avon from March 2015 to December 2016. Prior to his role at Avon, Mr. Scully served as the Chief Operating Officer of the J. Crew Group, Inc., a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. Mr. Scully served as J. Crew’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2005 to May 2012 and Chief Administrative Officer from April 2008 to April 2013. His responsibilities at J. Crew included all aspects of Finance (Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury and Investor Relations) as well as Operations (Information Technology, Global Supply Chain, Production/Sourcing, Legal, Real Estate, Planning and Construction, Loss Prevention and Facilities). Prior to joining J. Crew in 2005, Mr. Scully served in key roles at Saks Incorporated from 1997 to 2005, most recently serving as Executive Vice President-Human Resources and Strategic Planning. During his tenure at Saks Incorporated, Mr. Scully also held the positions of Senior Vice President-Strategic and Financial Planning, and Senior Vice President-Treasurer. Mr. Scully began his career at Connecticut National Bank and later became Senior Vice President-Corporate Finance at NationsBank (now Bank of America). Mr. Scully was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience in leadership positions in the retail industry.

Shelley Milano , Director

Shelley Milano has served as a director of J.Jill since June 2020. Ms. Milano was with L Brands, owner of the Victoria’s Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works brands, from 2015 to 2020, most recently as its Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, she was responsible for advancing enterprise talent and development initiatives to enable growth of the business and L Brands associates. Prior to being named Chief Human Resources Officer, she served as the company’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel for three years. Before joining L Brands in 2015, Ms. Milano was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Eddie Bauer, Inc.; Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Starbucks Corporation; and Vice President and General Counsel at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Ms. Milano has served as a director of Urban Hardwoods and Bartell Drugs. She received her J.D. degree from Berkeley Law and her B.A. degree in Accountancy from Adrian College. Ms. Milano was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her expertise in the areas of Human Resources, her legal knowledge and her prior experience in the retail industry.

Jyothi Rao , Director

Jyothi Rao has served as a director of J.Jill since July of 2021. Ms. Rao is currently the CEO and President of INTERMIX, an omni-channel boutique retailer, curating a mix of established and emerging designer brands. Prior to joining INTERMIX in 2014, Ms. Rao served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gilt.com where she was instrumental in growing the business into a leading digital fashion site. Before Gilt, Ms. Rao served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Calvin Klein, where she launched the Specialty Retail division. Previously, Ms. Rao spent 16 years at Gap Inc., where she held several leadership positions and was responsible for successfully growing domestic and international businesses for both the Gap and Banana Republic brands. Ms. Rao received a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Rao was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her experience in the retail industry.