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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.”
ANN INC. Brands
Gary Muto is President of all ANN INC. brands. Gary is a leader known for his ability to build and grow brands. Gary joined ANN INC. in 2008 and most recently served as the President of the LOFT. Prior to joining ANN INC. in 2008, Gary served as President of Gap’s Adult and Body divisions. He also served as President of Forth & Towne, Gap Inc.’s apparel concept for women which debuted in August of 2005. He served as President of Gap U.S. overseeing the entire domestic Gap organization from August 2002 to August of 2004. In 2001, Gary was named President of Banana Republic after spending 6 years with the brand in a variety of merchandising positions.
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