Richard P. Crystal
Mr. Crystal was elected as a director of the Company in October 2009. He was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of women’s clothing retailer, New York & Company. He joined that organization in 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer of what was then Lerner New York. In 2002, Lerner New York became a privately held organization and became known as New York & Company. During his tenure, Mr. Crystal continued to lead the organization as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and in 2004, New York & Company became a public company with Mr. Crystal as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Crystal served on the New York & Company’s Nomination and Governance committee from 2004 through 2009. Earlier in his career, Mr. Crystal was with R.H. Macy/Federated for 20 years, where he served in a variety of senior management positions, culminating in his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Product Development and Macy Specialty Stores, which included the Aéropostale and Charter Club chains. He began his career with Stern’s Department Store in 1966, based in New York City. Mr. Crystal holds a B.A. in history from New York University. Mr. Crystal is an experienced leader with over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, which enhances his ability to provide guidance to the Board on the assessment of business and retail industry trends and strategic planning.