Andrea Freeman Joins Aaron's As VP Of Marketing

Mon Jan 7, 2013 1:31pm EST

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ATLANTA,  Jan. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a
lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of
residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories,
announced today that  Andrea P. Freeman  has joined the Company as Vice
President of Marketing.

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Freeman, who brings 17 years of broad-based marketing experience to Aaron's,
previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management at Newell
Rubbermaid. In her new position she will be responsible for marketing strategy
and implementation, marketing communications, research and planning, business
development, and coordination with sales and other business partners on
strategic initiatives. She will report directly to  Ronald W. Allen, Aaron's
Chairman, President and CEO.

"As a multifaceted brand, Aaron's marketing covers a wide spectrum including
sports, community outreach, military support, store growth and franchising,"
Allen said. "We have been seeking an individual with the knowledge and
experience to handle the intricacies of all these areas, and Andrea fits the
bill perfectly. She has an extensive background with national consumer brands,
and we are confident her expertise in innovation will lead Aaron's in exciting
new directions for 2013. On behalf of everyone at Aaron's, it is a pleasure to
welcome Andrea to our leadership team and we look forward to beginning the new
year with her on board."  

Prior to joining Aaron's, Freeman played an important role on Newell
Rubbermaid's corporate marketing team where she was responsible for key growth
initiatives and the development of marketing capabilities across the
organization in the areas of digital marketing, ecommerce, marketing services
and multi-cultural marketing. She previously spent two years as Newell
Rubbermaid's Global VP of Marketing in the Baby & Parenting Essentials business
unit overseeing marketing strategy, communications, consumer insights and
innovation. In 2011, she was recognized by the YWCA Greater Atlanta as a YWCA
Outstanding Woman Leader at Newell Rubbermaid.

Before joining Newell Rubbermaid, Andrea spent 10 years at the Coca-Cola Company
in brand management and non-carbonated beverage innovation. Freeman earned her
undergraduate degree in finance from  Boston University  and received an MBA at 
University of Michigan, focusing on marketing and strategy. After graduation,
she held brand management positions at Sara Lee and at the Holiday Inn/Holiday
Inn Select Hotels, working on branding and strategy.

About Aaron's, Inc.

Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and
specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home
appliances and accessories, has more than 2,050 Company-operated and franchised
stores in 48 states and  Canada. Founded in 1955 by entrepreneur and Chairman
Emeritus  R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr.  and headquartered in  Atlanta, Aaron's has
been publicly traded since 1982. For more information, visit  www.aarons.com.  

SOURCE  Aaron's, Inc.


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