Aeropostale Announces Retirement Of President Michael J. Cunningham

Tue Feb 5, 2013 4:01pm EST

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NEW YORK,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a
mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today
announced the retirement of President  Michael Cunningham, effective  March 29,
2013.  

Michael joined Aeropostale in  August 2000  when the company had 200 Aeropostale
stores in 27 states. Today, the company operates nearly 1,000 Aeropostale stores
in the U.S. and  Canada, 100 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in the U.S., has a
licensing presence in the  Middle East,  Asia  and  Europe, and operates a
robust e-commerce platform that includes the recent acquisition of GoJane.com.  

Thomas P. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Aeropostale, Inc., said, "Over the
past 12 years, Michael has been an incredible partner and friend, and a highly
respected leader within our organization. He truly embodies the core values that
make Aeropostale such a special organization. Michael has been a key contributor
to the evolution of our business as a multi-brand and multi-national specialty
retailer. In particular, he has been instrumental in building Aeropostale's best
in class financial and business operations. While we will miss our daily
interactions with Michael, we are pleased that he will remain on the Board of
Directors and we look forward to his continued, invaluable input into our
business."

Michael J. Cunningham  commented, "For more than a decade, it has been both
gratifying and rewarding to be a part of the team that helped Aeropostale grow
into one of the most highly recognized and productive teen apparel retailers. 
Most importantly, I am proud to be associated with such a talented group of
executives and employees, who make the Aeropostale culture so unique.  I am
confident that the transition of my responsibilities will be seamless with the
current leadership team, and I look forward to watching the company's future
success."   

Mr. Johnson will assume responsibilities over information technology,  Marc D.
Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume
responsibilities over planning and allocation and  Mary Jo Pile, Executive Vice
President, Customer Engagement will assume responsibilities over construction,
logistics and real estate.  



About Aeropostale, Inc.
Aeropostale, Inc. is a primarily mall-based, specialty retailer of casual
apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and
men through its Aeropostale stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S.
from Aeropostale stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection
of high quality fashion and fashion basics at compelling values in an innovative
and exciting store environment. Aeropostale maintains control over its
proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own
merchandise. Aeropostale products can only be purchased in Aeropostale stores
and online at  www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be
purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores and online at  www.ps4u.com and 
www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 906 Aeropostale stores in 50
states and  Puerto Rico, 78 Aeropostale stores in  Canada  and 100 P.S. from
Aeropostale stores in 20 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing
agreements, our licensees currently operate 28 Aeropostale and P.S. from
Aeropostale stores in the  Middle East,  Asia  and Europe.  On  November 13,
2012, Aeropostale, Inc. acquired substantially all of the assets of online
women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer GoJane.com, Inc. Based in 
Ontario,  California, GoJane.com focuses primarily on fashion footwear, with a
select offering of contemporary apparel and other accessories.



SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS"
CONCERNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SALES, STORE OPENINGS, GROSS MARGINS, EXPENSES,
STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND EARNINGS.  ACTUAL RESULTS MIGHT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM
THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. AMONG THE FACTORS THAT COULD
CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO MATERIALLY DIFFER INCLUDE, CHANGES IN THE COMPETITIVE
MARKETPLACE, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS OR PRICING CHANGES BY
OUR COMPETITORS, CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO A REDUCTION
IN DISCRETIONARY CONSUMER SPENDING; SEASONALITY; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES
IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE
IMPACT OF CHANGES IN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UNCERTAINTY
RELATING TO THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS GROWTH STRATEGIES, AS WELL AS
THE OTHER RISK FACTORS SET FORTH IN THE COMPANY'S FORM 10-K AND QUARTERLY
REPORTS ON FORM 10-Q, FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE
COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING
STATEMENTS TO REFLECT SUBSEQUENT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES.  



Company Contact:
Kenneth Ohashi/Vice President, Investor & Media Relations  
(646) 452-1876 or  kohashi@aeropostale.com



Media Contact:
Leigh Parrish, FTI Consulting
(212) 850-5600

SOURCE  Aeropostale, Inc.

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