Executive Officers


Paula Bennett , Chief Executive Officer

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 omnichannel and women’s apparel industry.


David Biese , Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Biese joined J.Jill as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2009 and is responsible for providing strategic guidance on all financial matters, as well as the Real Estate and Distribution functions. Until the recent hiring of our Chief Information Officer and General Counsel, Mr. Biese was responsible for information services and legal oversight. Before joining J.Jill, he was Senior Vice President of Merchandise Operations for Trans World Entertainment Corporation (“FYE”), a publicly held national specialty retailer. He previously served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at FYE. Earlier in his career, Mr. Biese was Vice President and Controller at Carson Pirie Scott & Co., a department store division of publicly held Saks Incorporated. Mr. Biese is a Certified Public Accountant and started his career as a public accountant at KPMG. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.


Joann Fielder , Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Creative Officer

Joann Fielder has served as J.Jill’s Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Creative Officer since July 2015. Ms. Fielder joined J.Jill in September 2011 as Senior Vice President of Design, Product Development and Sourcing. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer in August 2013. Ms. Fielder has extensive experience in design and product development. Prior to joining J.Jill, Ms. Fielder served as Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer at Avenue. Prior to her role at Avenue, she served as Executive Vice President of Design Development at Ann Taylor. Earlier in her career, Ms. Fielder also held roles as Vice President of Merchandising for Brooks Brothers and Vice President of Product Development for Talbots. Ms. Fielder is a graduate of The Tobe Coburn School.