Zale Names New Presidents for Four Brands

April 10, 2001

Zale Names New Presidents for Four Brands

Zale Corp. today named new presidents for four of its brands: Bailey Banks & Biddle Fine Jewelers, Gordon's Jewelers, Zale Outlet and Zale.com. The appointments are part of the rebuilding process started by Robert J. DiNicola when he returned to Zale as CEO in February.

Charles Fieramosca was hired as president of Bailey Banks & Biddle Fine Jewelers and its 117 stores. Fieramosca brings nearly 30 years of experience in merchandising, sales and marketing to Zale. He was previously the founder and principal partner of Ascend Clothing, a brand development company, and president of BASCO All American Sportswear, a designer clothing company.

Charleen Wuellner was promoted to the position of president of Gordon's Jewelers and its 307 stores. She previously held the position of president of Zales Outlet. Steve Strong was promoted to president of Zales Outlet. He was previously the senior vice president of operations for Zales Outlet.

Sue Davidson was appointed president of Zale.com. She will lead the development of Zale's Web-based business including site development, online sales, marketing, fulfillment and customer relationship management. Previously, she was president of Gordon's Jewelers.

"As part of our long term strategy, we have tapped four proven managers who we believe will successfully lead each business in further refining product quality and mix, store productivity and brand differentiation," says DiNicola. All four executives will report to Mary Forte, executive vice president and chief merchandise officer of Zale Corp.

- by Julia M. Duncan