NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jones Group Inc. ("Jones," the "Company") (NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has appointed Scott Bowman to the newly created role of Group President of Global Retail and International Development, effective immediately. Mr. Bowman will oversee the international strategy and operations of retail and licensing for the Company's portfolio of fashion brands. He will report to Richard Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses at The Jones Group. "We are excited to welcome such an accomplished and talented fashion executive as Scott Bowman," said Mr. Dickson. "Scott's unique expertise and vision will be a valuable asset in managing the continued international expansion of our portfolio of fashion brands as we continue to build The Jones Group into the leading global fashion company defined by premier brands led by exceptional talent." In his role as Group President of Global Retail and International Development, Mr. Bowman will oversee a recently established international division, as well as the existing retail and licensing divisions to integrate strategy, meet growing global demand for the Company's portfolio of brands and position Jones for continued international growth. His appointment will also support the Company's recent international expansion driven by the acquisitions of luxury brands Kurt Geiger, Stuart Weitzman and Brian Atwood. "It is a unique opportunity to join a leader in the fashion industry during this period of transformation," said Mr. Bowman. "I look forward to joining the leadership team and working with such a talented organization as we move forward in this time at The Jones Group." Mr. Bowman brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in retail and brand management to The Jones Group including his position as Chief Executive Officer of Scott Bowman Associates, a global brand advisory firm. Prior roles include President of International Business Development for Polo Ralph Lauren and Chief Executive Officer of Marc Jacobs International. Before leading the Marc Jacobs team, Mr. Bowman held principal-level positions with the world's leading travel retailer, DFS Group Ltd., an LVMH majority owned subsidiary.