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 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. Rahimim 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.

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Paula Bennett , Chief Executive Officer and Director

Paula Bennett was appointed President of J.Jill in January 2008 and was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. She has also served on our board of directors since 2009. Ms. Bennett is responsible for the strategic leadership, growth and profitability of the brand and business, while guiding the organization successfully through profitable turnaround and ownership transitions. Ms. Bennett has over 35 years of retail management experience and has extensive expertise in apparel merchandising, buying, marketing and brand building across both direct and retail marketing channels. Prior to joining J.Jill, Ms. Bennett served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a number of portfolio companies of Orchard Brands Corporation, a direct marketing company. From 1998 through 2005, Ms. Bennett was Chief Operating Officer of Eileen Fisher, Inc., where she led the development of the retail portfolio while launching the E-commerce business. Earlier in her career, she also served as Vice President of Retail Sales at Calvin Klein Collection. From 1987 through 1995, Ms. Bennett held significant leadership positions at Tiffany & Co., including Vice President of Sales and Customer Service, Vice President and General Manager of the Fifth Avenue Flagship store, Vice President of Retail Administration and Vice President of the Trade Division. Ms. Bennett began her career in buying and merchandise management at Bloomingdale’s, and later, Federated Merchandising Services. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her experience as an apparel industry executive, including as our Chief Executive Officer, and her extensive knowledge of the omni-channel and women’s apparel industry.

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Andrew Rolfe , Director

Andrew Rolfe has served as a director of J.Jill since May 2015. Mr. Rolfe has served as a Managing Director and the Head of Private Equity, USA of TowerBrook, our principal stockholder, since January 2011. Mr. Rolfe is also the Chairman of the Portfolio Committee and a member of the Management Committee at TowerBrook. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Mr. Rolfe served as President of The Gap Inc.’s (“The Gap”) 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 currently serves as a director of True Religion Apparel, Inc., Wilton Industries, Inc., Kaporal Jeans and Beverages & More, Inc. 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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Travis Nelson , Director

Travis Nelson has served as a director of J.Jill since May 2015. Mr. Nelson has served as a Managing Director at TowerBrook, our principal stockholder, since January 2011. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Mr. Nelson co-founded Pacific Partners LLC (“Pacific Partners”), a private equity firm specializing in healthcare, media and communications investments and served as a Managing Director from 2000 to 2005. Prior to founding Pacific Partners, Mr. Nelson served as a Principal at Oak Hill Capital Management where he worked on private investments in a wide range of companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nelson was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs and Freeman Spogli & Co., and served as a consultant to the CEO of NetJets. He currently serves as a director of Vistage International, Inc., Floworks International, LLC, True Religion Apparel, Inc. and Beverages & More, Inc. Mr. Nelson earned his B.A. from DePauw University and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his broad finance experience, including extensive experience in financing and mergers and acquisitions.

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Marka Hansen , Director

Marka Hansen has served as a director of J.Jill since May 2015. Ms. Hansen previously served as a Retail Consultant at Stitch Fix, Inc. from February 2013 to August 2013. Prior to that, she was the President of Gap North America from February 2007 until February 2011. Ms. Hansen served as the President of Banana Republic, LLC, a division of The Gap, from June 2003 until February 2007, and has served in various leadership positions at The Gap since joining the company in 1987. Ms. Hansen currently serves as a director of Sur la Table, Stitch Fix, Inc., The Orvis Company, Inc. and True Religion Apparel, Inc. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Hansen was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience in leadership positions in the retail industry.

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Michael Recht , Director

Michael Recht has served as a director of J.Jill since May 2015. Mr. Recht has served as a Senior Principal at TowerBrook, our principal stockholder, 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 director of Wilton Industries, Inc. 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.

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Michael Eck , Director

Michael Eck has served as a director of J.Jill 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. He is currently an independent board member of Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., a publicly-held leading natural pet food company, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Eck is also a board member of USA Ultimate and the co-founder and chief executive officer of Steer for Student Athletes. In addition, he previously served 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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Linda Heasley , Director

Linda Heasley has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Honey Baked Ham Company, LLC since February 2017. From February 2013 to September 2016, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lane Bryant, Inc., a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., and from October 2016 to February 2017, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Plus Fashion Segment, also a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Heasley served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Limited Stores LLC from August 2007 until February 2013. She has held senior leadership roles at CVS Health Corporation, Timberland LLC and Limited Brands, Inc. Ms. Heasley received her M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her A.B. from Harvard University. She was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her expertise in women’s apparel businesses and her extensive experience in leadership positions in the retail industry.

James S. Scully , Director

Jim S. Scully currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Avon Products, Inc. Prior to his role at Avon Products, Inc., Mr. Scully served as Chief Operating Officer of J. Crew Group, Inc. He joined J. Crew in 2005 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and later held the role of Chief Administrative Officer. His responsibilities 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 working at J. Crew, Mr. Scully spent eight years at Saks Incorporated, 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).