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“To be fulfilled and successful in life, I believe that you have to find your passion and love what you do. I love fashion and I have always had a passion for retailing. In this industry, every day is different and fast-paced. Putting our Client first is why we are here and it keeps me energized! I love going to stores and spending time with our Associates, meeting our Clients and seeing how our gorgeous products help them put their best selves forward. I think you’ve got to have that passion in order to thrive in this business.”
Kay’s passion has propelled her career at ANN INC. She joined Ann Taylor in 1994 and quickly advanced within the company. She was responsible for the creation of the LOFT division and in 2001 was named president of the new division. Under her tenure it became a $1 billion business and one of the fastest-growing concepts in women’s apparel. In 2004, she was promoted to the role of president of ANN INC. as well as a director, and in 2005, she became CEO.
While Kay is proud of the value ANN INC. delivers to its shareholders, she believes what sets ANN INC. apart is its culture. She has often said that “ANN INC. is a company with a heart” and her leadership has inspired a spirit of giving throughout the organization. In 2007, she launched ANN Cares, a charitable platform that supports programs that contribute to women’s and children’s health and well-being. Kay is also the driving force behind the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative, a program designed to train and mentor the next generation of female leaders in the United States.
“As a company dedicated to helping women put their best selves forward, we are passionate about educating and empowering and investing in the young women of the future.”
Brian Lynch was named Brand President, Ann Taylor in February 2012, and is responsible for the Ann Taylor Brand and Factory Channels. A key member of ANN INC.’s leadership team since 2008, Brian substantially grew our Factory outlet channel from $150 million in annual revenues to approximately $500 million in fiscal 2011. Under his leadership, our E-Commerce channels have grown significantly, doubling the business in the last two years.
“I think it’s essential that I make sure every member of my team is clear on our big picture goals and strategies. That way, all the partners can put their best selves forward and deliver the ‘win’ that allows us to succeed as a company."
As Brand President for LOFT, Gary Muto oversees all aspects of LOFT’s business, including Design, Merchandising, Planning & Allocation, Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Stores. Gary has a proven track record of developing and repositioning brands. He also excels at attracting and developing key talent, assembling strong leadership teams and fostering an environment of open, honest communication.
“I truly believe in our core value of honest debate. ‘Telling it like it is’ can lead to the type of breakthrough thinking that creates big ideas for our business, and ultimately, our Clients.”
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