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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Norman Matthews

83 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Jane Elfers

54 2010 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anurup Pruthi

46 2014 Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Michael Scarpa

59 2014 Chief Operating Officer

Bradley Cost

61 2011 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Lawrence McClure

66 2010 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Kevin Low

43 2011 Senior Vice President - Store Operations

Gregory Poole

54 2012 Senior Vice President - Global Sourcing

Robert Vill

57 2014 Vice President - Finance, IR Contact Officer

Robert Mettler

74 2015 Director

Joseph Alutto

73 2008 Independent Director

John Bachman

60 2016 Independent Director

Marla Beck

45 2015 Independent Director

Susan Griffith

51 2012 Independent Director

Joseph Gromek

68 2011 Independent Director

Kenneth Reiss

72 2012 Independent Director

Stanley Reynolds

50 2014 Independent Director

Susan Sobbott

51 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Norman Matthews

Mr. Norman S. Matthews is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., since October 28, 2009. Mr. Matthews currently serves as our Chairman of the Board and as a member of our Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Matthews served as President of Federated Department Stores until his retirement in 1988. He joined Federated Department Stores in 1978 as Chairman– Gold Circle Stores Division. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Federated Department Stores in 1982, to Vice Chairman in 1984 and to President in 1987. Prior to joining Federated Department Stores, Mr. Matthews served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for E.J. Korvette, and as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development for Broyhill Furniture Industries. In 2005, Mr. Matthews was named as one of eight outstanding directors by the Outstanding Directors Exchange. Mr. Matthews received an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate Business School.

Jane Elfers

Ms. Jane T. Elfers is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., since January 4, 2010. Ms. Elfers has over 30 years of experience as a retail executive, having begun her career with Macy’s. Ms. Elfers formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lord & Taylor from May 2000 to September 2008. She is a graduate of Bucknell University where she received a degree in Business Administration and where she serves on the Board of Trustees.

Anurup Pruthi

Mr. Anurup Pruthi is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Company., effective December 1, 2014. Mr. Pruthi has more than 23 years of global financial and operational management experience. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the largest retailer in India, Reliance Retail Limited in Mumbai, India, where he was responsible for the financial management of a $2.5 billion retail business. Prior to that position, Mr. Pruthi served as the Chief Executive Officer for a Future Group business consulting and services company, in Mumbai, India, Chief Financial Officer of Global Merchandising and Supply Chain at Burberry PLC, based in London, England, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Mexx Europe Holding, a subsidiary of Liz Claiborne, Inc., and Group Finance Director for Liz Claiborne, Inc. Mr. Pruthi holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a BS in Finance from Bentley College.

Michael Scarpa

Mr. Michael Scarpa, CPA., is Chief Operating Officer of The Children's Place, Inc. He was Chief Financial Officer of Company, Since April 24, 2013. Mr. Scarpa joined the Company in November 2012. Mr. Scarpa has more than 30 years of financial and operational management experience. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The Talbots, Inc. with responsibility for finance, treasury, planning and allocation, supply chain, information technology and corporate strategy. Previously, Mr. Scarpa spent 25 years with Liz Claiborne, Inc. where he held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his appointment as Chief Operating Officer. He began his career in financial positions with Maidenform, Inc. and Krementz and Company. Mr. Scarpa earned his BS and MBA degrees from Rutgers University, and is a CPA.

Bradley Cost

Mr. Bradley Cost is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. Mr. Cost joined the Company in December 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cost had been a partner with Bachelder Law LLP since September 2006, where he specialized in corporate governance, securities and senior executive compensation matters. Prior to that, Mr. Cost was a partner in law firms in private practice in New York City for over 20 years representing numerous public and private companies in securities, mergers & acquisitions and corporate matters. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and law and graduate business degrees from Northwestern University.

Lawrence McClure

Mr. Lawrence McClure is Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., since March 8, 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. McClure served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Liz Claiborne Inc. for over eight years where he helped establish a global human resources presence within a diverse set of brands. Prior to that, he held senior human resources leadership roles with The Dexter Corporation, Aetna, and United Technologies. Mr. McClure has a BA and MA from Trinity College.

Kevin Low

Mr. Kevin Low is Senior Vice President - Store Operations of Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. He joined the Company in September 2011. Mr. Low has more than 20 years of retail field operations experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Low spent 15 years with GAP, Inc. culminating in his appointment as Vice President of U.S. stores where he was responsible for in-store operations for seven U.S. regions. During his tenure at GAP, Inc., Mr. Low held positions of increasing responsibility as a manager of stores, District Manager, Regional Manager and Zone Vice President.

Gregory Poole

Mr. Gregory Poole is Senior Vice President - Global Sourcing of Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. Mr. Gregory Poole joined the Company in September 2012. Mr. Poole has more than 25 years of global sourcing and supply chain leadership experience. Most recently, he spent four years with The Talbots, Inc. where he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and was responsible for product development, global sourcing, global logistics, distribution, quality assurances, social compliance and technical design, and prior to that, Ann Taylor Stores, where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer. Mr. Poole spent over 12 years with Gap Inc., where he held several senior level sourcing positions, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President, Sourcing & Vendor Development. Prior to Gap Inc., Mr. Poole served in sourcing and manufacturing roles of increasing responsibility for Esprit de Corp., The North Face, Inc., American Marketing Works, Inc., and Body Glove, Inc. He has a degree in Engineering from the Auckland Technical Institute, New Zealand.

Robert Vill

Mr. Robert J. Vill is Group Vice President - Finance of The Children's Place, Inc., effective September 8, 2014. Mr. Vill has over 36 years of financial and operational management experience. He joins The Children's Place from Kate Spade & Company (formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. / Liz Claiborne, Inc.), where he spent 15 years holding financial leadership roles of increasing responsibility, serving most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer, leading the finance, treasury and investor relations functions. Previously, Mr. Vill served as Vice President, Finance of Hanover Direct, and prior to that, Vice President, Treasurer of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Robert Mettler

Mr. Robert L. Mettler is an Director of the Company. Mr. Mettler was President of Special Projects at Macy’s from February 2008 until his retirement in January 2009. Mr. Mettler previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s West from 2000 to 2002. Prior to joining Macy’s, Mr. Mettler held various executive positions in the retail industry, including President of Merchandising – Full Line Stores of Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1996 to 2000, President of Apparel and Home Fashions of Sears from 1993 to 1996, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Robinson’s May Company from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Mettler has served as a director of Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. since September 2014. Mr. Mettler was also a member of the board of directors of Stein Mart, Inc. from 2009 until 2013, a member of the board of directors of Quiksilver, Inc. from 2010 until 2014, and a member of the board of directors of The Jones Group, Inc. from 2009 until 2014. Mr. Mettler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Joseph Alutto

Dr. Joseph A. Alutto, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc., since May 9, 2008. Dr. Alutto currently serves as the Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. From June 2014 to present, Dr. Alutto has served as the Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Ohio State University. From July 2013 to June 2014, Dr. Alutto served as Interim President of The Ohio State University. Prior to that, from October 2007 to July 2013, Dr. Alutto served as Executive Vice President and Provost of The Ohio State University. Dr. Alutto also served as the institution’s Interim President and Provost from July 2007 to October 2007. Prior to these positions, Dr. Alutto served as the Dean of the Max M. Fischer College of Business at The Ohio State University for 16 years.

John Bachman

Mr. John E. Bachman is Independent Director of the company. effective May 25, 2016. Prior to his retirement in 2015, Mr. Bachman was a partner at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). At PwC, Mr. Bachman served for six years as the Operations Leader of the firm’s U.S. Assurance Practice with full operational and financial responsibility for this $4 billion line of business, which included the firm’s audit and risk management practices. Prior to this operational role, Mr. Bachman served for three years as the firm’s Strategy Leader where he was responsible for strategic planning across business units, geographies and industries. Mr. Bachman also served as an audit partner for 26 years for companies in the industrial manufacturing, financial services, publishing, healthcare and other industries. Mr. Bachman received an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate Business School.

Marla Beck

Ms. Marla Malcolm Beck is Independent Director of The Children's Place, Inc. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Bluemercury, a retailer and online seller of upscale beauty products and spa services founded in 1999 by Ms. Beck. Bluemercury was acquired by Macy’s, Inc. in 2015 and operates as a stand-alone business with Ms. Beck as its CEO reporting directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s, Inc. Prior to 1999, Ms. Beck was a consultant for Consolidated Capital Partners LLC and McKinsey & Company, Inc. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA and MPA from Harvard University.

Susan Griffith

Ms. Susan Patricia Griffith has resigned as Independent Director of the Company., effective 1 July 2016. Ms. Griffith currently serves as a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. She is the Personal Lines Chief Operating Officer for The Progressive Corporation where Ms. Griffith has responsibility for the direct management of the insurance Claims, Personal Lines and Customer Relationship Management organizations, overseeing over 19,000 employees across the United States. Ms. Griffith joined Progressive in 1988 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as President of Customer Operations from 2014 to 2015, Claims Group President from 2008 to 2014 and as Chief Human Resources Officer from 2002 to 2008.

Joseph Gromek

Mr. Joseph R. Gromek is an Independent Director of Children's Place retail Stores Inc. Mr. Gromek currently serves as the Chair of our Compensation Committee. Until his retirement in February 2012, Mr. Gromek served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Warnaco Group, Inc. and as a member of Warnaco’s Board of Directors from April 2003. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Gromek served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Brothers, Inc. For over 30 years, Mr. Gromek has held senior management positions with Saks Fifth Avenue, Limited Brands, Inc. and Ann Taylor Stores, Inc. Mr. Gromek is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New School, serves on the Boards of Directors of Ronald McDonald House, Stanley M. Proctor Company and J. McLaughlin Clothing, as a member of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design, and as a member of the Boards of Trustees of St. Peter’s University and the Trevor Day School.

Kenneth Reiss

Mr. Kenneth M. Reiss is an Independent Director of Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. Prior to his retirement in June 2003, Mr. Reiss currently serves as the Chair of our Audit Committee. Prior to his retirement in June 2003, Mr. Reiss was a partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, L.L.P. since 1977, where he served as the lead external auditor for several publicly traded companies, including Toys “ R” Us, Inc., Staples, Inc., Phillips-Van Heusen, Inc. and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. At Ernst & Young, L.L.P., Mr. Reiss served as the Managing Partner of Audit for the New York office, the Director of the Audit Practice for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry, and the Chair of the Audit Practice Service Delivery Committee. As noted below, Mr. Reiss serves on the Boards of Directors of The Wet Seal, Inc. and Harman International Industries, Inc., and serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committees at those companies. Mr. Reiss received an MBA from the Rutgers University School of Business.

Stanley Reynolds

Mr. Stanley Reynolds is Independent Director of The Children's Place, Inc. Mr. Reynolds currently serves as a member of our Audit Committee. He is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc. Mr. Reynolds joined 7-Eleven, Inc. in 1997 and held positions of increasing responsibility prior to his appointment in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Reynolds provides the Company with years of senior level executive experience in global retail operations with a focus on financial and accounting, international operations, and global supply chain management and distribution. Mr. Reynolds has a track record of successfully developing, implementing and overseeing long-term strategic business plans that encompass and balance global operations and growth with efficient and effective capital allocation. Mr. Reynolds qualifies as an “ audit committee financial expert” under applicable SEC rules.

Susan Sobbott

Ms. Susan Sobbott is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Sobbott is the President of Global Corporate Payments, a multi- billion dollar global division of the American Express Company serving the payment needs of mid-sized and large companies. From 2004 to early 2014, she was President and General Manager of American Express OPEN, a multi-billion dollar business unit within American Express Company serving small businesses. Since 2009, Ms. Sobbott has also served as a member of the Business Operating Committee, a group of senior leaders at American Express Company working with the Chief Executive Officer to develop strategic direction. Ms. Sobbott has held various executive positions of increasing responsibility since joining American Express Company in 1990. Ms. Sobbott received an MBA from The Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.