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Tween Brands CFO Resigns

BY CSA STAFF

New Albany, Ohio Tween Brands Inc. said Wednesday CFO Paul C. Carbone has resigned, effective immediately.

Tween Brands said the resignation was not related to “a disagreement with inaccuracies or omissions in the company’s financial reporting and accounting systems.”

The company said it has started to search for a new CFO to replace Carbone. In the interim, Tween Brands said Kenneth T. Stevens, president and COO, will take on the role of principal financial officer.

The company also announced that its fourth-quarter profit dropped 11% due to a hefty restructuring charge that outweighed a boost in sales.

For the quarter ended Feb. 3, net income fell to $25 million from $28.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Revenue rose 16% to $315.8 million from $272.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Meanwhile, same-store sales rose 8% in the quarter for Tween Brands. Same-store sales at its Justice brand rose 29% and same-store sales at Limited Too rose 2%.

For the year, profit fell 19% to $52.6 million from $64.8 million in the prior year.

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Jones Apparel Appoints VP

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New York City Jones Apparel Group, Inc. announced that Ted Kim has been appointed to the newly created position of VP design, Anne Klein New York, effective February 18.

In this role, Kim will oversee the design functions for Anne Klein New York Sportswear. He will report to Susie Rieland, chief merchandising officer, Bridge and Better Sportswear.

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Old Navy President Steps Down

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San Francisco Gap Inc. has parted ways with an executive who spent the past 16 months trying to engineer a turnaround at the company’s struggling Old Navy chain. Dawn Robertson stepped down as Old Navy’s president by “mutual decision,” the company said Tuesday.

Tom Wyatt, who runs Gap’s outlet division, will be Old Navy’s acting president until a permanent replacement is found.

Robertson was hired in October 2006 by Paul Pressler, who stepped down as Gap’s CEO just a few months later.

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