Liz Claiborne Inc. announced the election of Lawrence Benjamin to the Company's Board
of Directors. Benjamin's election brings the number of Directors to ten. His initial term as director is effective immediately and will expire at the Company's 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, at which time he will be up for re-election.
Commenting on the announcement, Kay Koplovitz, Chairman of Liz Claiborne, said: "Benjamin brings a career of insights into building consumer-based brands, operations excellence and retailing, as well as knowledge and expertise from one of the most experienced international retailers. These strengths will become increasingly important as we continue to focus on our direct-to-consumer businesses and expand our international presence."
Most recently, Benjamin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, a subsidiary of Koninklijke Ahold NV, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands. Benjamin was Ahold's highest ranking executive in the US, responsible for the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover and Giant-Carslile superstores and supermarkets, as well as all operations in the country. In 2009, he was also appointed to Ahold's global Corporate Executive Board. Benjamin will be retiring from Ahold in February.
Liz Claiborne Inc. designs and markets a global portfolio of retail-based premium brands including Juicy Couture, Kate spade, Lucky Brand and Mexx. The Company also has a refined group of department store-based brands with strong consumer franchises including the Monet family of brands, Kensie, Kensiegirl, Mac & Jac, and the licensed DKNY Jeans and DKNY Active brands. The Liz Claiborne and Claiborne brands are available at JCPenney, the Liz Claiborne New York brand designed by Isaac Mizrahi is available at QVC, and the Dana Buchman and Axcess brands are sold at Kohl's.