NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jones Group Inc. ("Jones," the "Company") (NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has named George Sharp Executive Vice President of Design, a newly created position. Mr. Sharp will report to Stefani Greenfield, Chief Creative Officer, and will work across all brands. "George is an exceptional talent who brings tremendous experience and knowledge to The Jones Group," said Stefani Greenfield, Chief Creative Officer of The Jones Group. "He will work closely with all of our brands to ensure that great design leads the process by which our brands enter the market." Mr. Sharp brings more than 25 years of creative experience to The Jones Group. Most recently he was the Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design for St. John where he oversaw every aspect of the brand's creative direction worldwide. He is credited with successfully drawing from the brand's heritage and transforming St. John into a modern global lifestyle brand. Prior to St. John, Mr. Sharp was Vice President of Design for Ellen Tracy. "I am thrilled to be joining The Jones Group at this exciting point in time," said Mr. Sharp. "I especially look forward to working under the dynamic leadership of Richard Dickson and Stefani Greenfield and supporting the Company's vision of transformation for the company." The addition of Mr. Sharp continues The Jones Group's mission to establish itself as the leading global fashion company led by exceptional talent. Earlier this year, the Company established the Fashion Office with the appointments of Wendy Hirschberg Clurman as Vice President & Fashion Director of Jones New York, Danielle de Marne as Vice President & Fashion Director of Designer & Contemporary Brands and Amanda Ross as Consulting Fashion Director of Anne Klein. About The Jones Group Inc. The Jones Group Inc. ( www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags. The Jones Group has a reputation for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution and talent. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites. The Company's internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L) include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L), Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, B Brian Atwood (L), Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Jones Wear, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo, Rafe (L) and C&T Costello Tagliapietra (L). SOURCE The Jones Group Inc.