Executive Officers

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Linda Heasley , Chief Executive Officer

Linda Heasley was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of J.Jill in April 2018 and has served as a director of J.Jill since March 2017. Ms. Heasley previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Honey Baked Ham Company, LLC from February 2017 to March 2018. 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.

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David Biese , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

David Biese has served as J.Jill’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer since February 2018. Mr. Biese joined J.Jill as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2009. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the Financial, Strategic Planning and Business Development, Real Estate and Distribution functions. Before joining J.Jill, Mr. Biese 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.

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Joann Fielder , Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer

Joann Fielder is J.Jill’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. Ms. Fielder joined J.Jill in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Design, Product Development and Sourcing. She was promoted in August 2013 to Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer and then to Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Creative Officer in July 2015. In September 2018, she began devoting her full attention to design and creative development in her current role. 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.

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Brian Beitler , Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Brand Development Officer

Brian Beitler joined J.Jill in September 2018 as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Brand Development Officer. Mr. Beitler was most recently Chairman of the Executive Board of the Global Retail Marketing Association and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Plus Fashion Segment (Lane Bryant & Catherines), a division of Ascena Retail Group. Prior to joining Lane Bryant in 2014, Mr. Beitler was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of David’s Bridal. Before David’s Bridal, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kohl’s department store and led all aspects of marketing strategy. He has also held senior leadership roles at Bath and Body Works, Toys R Us, and Mattel. He received his M.B.A. from Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Utah.