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The Jones Group Appoints Kathy Nedorostek Group President, Global Footwear And Accessories

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jones Group Inc. ("Jones," the "Company") (NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has appointed Kathy Nedorostek to the newly created position of Group President, Global Footwear and Accessories, effective mid-October.  This addition furthers the Company's commitment to retain and recruit top talent to establish the leading portfolio of fashion brands in the industry. Nedorostek will oversee the continued growth and expansion of footwear, handbags and jewelry for The Jones Group. 

"Footwear and accessories are core strategic pillars and growing segments of The Jones Group business, and we are thrilled to add Kathy's premier brand leadership to support and direct our development in these categories," said Richard Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses at The Jones Group. "Her unparalleled experience in the industry makes her an ideal addition to our executive team as we continue to establish The Jones Group as the leading global fashion company defined by premier brands and led by exceptional talent."  

In her role as Group President, Global Footwear and Accessories, Nedorostek will report into Richard Dickson and will oversee the operations, sales, production and overall category development for the Company's venerable brands, such as Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, and many more.

"This position presents the rare opportunity to join a talented leadership team and work across a group of well- recognized footwear and accessories brands, all of which have significant growth and expansion potential," said Ms. Nedorostek. "I look forward to extending the ongoing transformation in the Company's core brands, continuing the development of designer brands and identifying new avenues to extend The Jones Group's footwear and accessories portfolio."

Nedorostek joins The Jones Group from Coach, Inc. where she served as President of North America Wholesale and Global Licensing since 2003.  Nedorostek played an integral role in the brand's development, driving significant market share gains in North American department and specialty stores for handbags and accessories.  Additionally, under her leadership, Coach realized substantial growth in all licensed categories.

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