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director Jonathan P. Ward quit Monday.

Quincy, Mass.-based J. Jill said Ward, who is CEO at


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, had been a director since June 2001 and was a member and chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the board.

The fashion retailer said director James G. Held would replace Ward as chairman of that committee.

"We would like to thank Jon for his many contributions to the J. Jill Board," CEO Gordon R. Cooke said. "We have benefited from his extensive managerial experience and knowledge of the catalog industry, and we wish him all the best in the future."

J. Jill said its board will have seven directors, six of whom are independent as defined under applicable



Late Monday, J. Jill shares rose 17 cents to $18.18.