Claire's North American president resigns

CHICAGO — Claire's Stores announced that Jay Friedman, president of Claire's Stores North America, has resigned effective immediately. Claire's has commenced a search with the executive recruiting firm of Spencer Stuart to fill the open position.  Until a replacement is appointed, James Fielding, Claire's CEO, will assume Mr. Friedman's duties.

Fielding commented, "We thank Jay for his efforts since joining Claire's in January 2011. Jay has played a key role in refining the Claire's and Icing strategies and launching Claire's e-commerce site in North America.  We wish Jay well in his future endeavors. I look forward to working with Jay's talented North America team during this interim period, and continuing our steps for growth of the Claire's and Icing brands."

As of July 28, Claire's Stores, Inc. operated 3,074 stores in North America and Europe. The company also franchised or licensed 376  stores in Japan, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Ukraine, Mexico and India.

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