People: Vera Bradley Inc (VRA.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Hall

54 2010 Chairman of the Board

Robert Wallstrom

47 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

74 2010 Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director

Kevin Sierks

41 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Bonita Inza

49 2013 Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales, Chief Experience Officer

Kimberly Colby

51 2005 Executive Vice President - Design

Sue Fuller

2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer

C. Roddy Mann

43 2014 Executive Vice President - Strategy and Operations

Anastacia Knapper

38 2014 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Pamela Sours

2014 Senior Vice President - Operations

David Thompson

48 2012 Vice President - Direct Sales

Patricia Miller

74 2010 Co-Founder, National Spokesperson, Director

John Kyees

67 2011 Lead Independent Director

P. Michael Miller

75 2010 Director

Richard Baum

66 2011 Independent Director

Karen Kaplan

53 2012 Independent Director

Matthew McEvoy

51 2011 Independent Director

Frances Philip

55 2011 Independent Director

Edward Schmults

50 2010 Independent Director

Julia Bentley

Vice President - Investor Relations and Employee Communications

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Hall

Mr. Robert J. Hall is Chairman of the Board of Vera Bradley Inc., since September 2010. He has served as a director since 2007. Mr. Hall currently serves as President of Green Gables Partners, a private investment firm that he founded in 2010. Prior to the founding of Green Gables, Mr. Hall started Andesite Holdings, a private equity firm, in 2007. Mr. Hall served as an Executive Director for UBS Financial Services from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Hall serves as a director of FlyLow Gear Co., a manufacturer of outerwear, and New World Stoneworks LLC, a retailer of stone products. Mr. Hall also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic region of Teach for America, is a member of the Board of the Philadelphia School Partnership, and serves as trustee of The Holderness School.

Robert Wallstrom

Mr. Robert T. Wallstrom has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company, effective November 11, 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wallstrom, age 47, served as President of Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF Fifth division. Previously, he was Group Senior Vice President and General Manager of Saks’ flagship New York store from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining Saks, Mr. Wallstrom held a variety of roles at Macy’s Inc. from 1987 to 1995 and began his career in 1983 at J. W. Robinson department stores, a division of Associated Dry Goods Corp., which was later acquired by May Department Stores Company. Mr. Wallstrom holds a BS in business administration/accounting from San Diego State University.

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Ms. Barbara Bradley Baekgaard is Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director of Vera Bradley Inc. From the outset, Ms. Bradley Baekgaard has provided leadership and strategic direction in our brand’s development by providing creative vision to areas such as marketing, product design, assortment planning, and the design and visual merchandising of our stores. In May 2010, she was appointed Chief Creative Officer. She currently serves as a board member of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Development Board and the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Kevin Sierks

Mr. Kevin J. Sierks is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Vera Bradley, Inc. Sierks has nearly 20 years of accounting experience in both public accounting and with publicly-held companies. He joined Vera Bradley in 2011 as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and was appointed interim Chief Financial Officer in January 2013. In the ten years prior to joining the Company, Sierks worked in the medical device industry in finance and accounting positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President and Corporate Controller of Biomet and Director of Accounting and U.S. Shared Services at Boston Scientific Corporation. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served a variety of public companies in a seven-year tenure at Deloitte. Sierks earned his B.S. degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

Bonita Inza

Ms. Bonita J. Inza is Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales, Chief Experience Officer of Vera Bradley, Inc. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, Ms. Inza served as Senior Vice President of Associate and Customer Engagement at Bath & Body Works from 2011 to 2012. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Inza served on the senior management team at T-Mobile USA, where she held roles of Vice President of Retail, Vice President of Concept Development and Vice President Product Innovation, Design, and Delivery. Prior to T-Mobile, Ms. Inza served over 25 years in senior executive roles at Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and GUESS?.

Kimberly Colby

Ms. Kimberly F. Colby is Executive Vice President - Design of Vera Bradley Inc.From 2003 through 2005, she served as our Vice President of Design. From 1989 to 2003, Ms. Colby served as our Design Director responsible for Marketing and Product Development. Ms. Colby’s professional history includes retail advertising, public relations, direct mail creative direction and management, special event planning, and interior design.

Sue Fuller

Ms. Sue Fuller is the Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer of Vera Bradley, Inc. Fuller has over 15 years of prior merchandising experience. She served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Carhartt Global Brand from July 2010 through November 2013. Between 2005 and July 2010, she served in various roles of increasing responsibility with Kohl’s Department Stores, including Director, Product Development for Juniors Private Label. She gained prior experience with L.L. Bean, Lands’ End and Polo Ralph Lauren. Fuller holds an undergraduate degree from Johnson and Wales University and earned her Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

C. Roddy Mann

Mr. C. Roddy Mann is Executive Vice President - Strategy and Operations of Vera Bradley Inc. Mann joined the Company in 2006 as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives; was named Vice President of Strategy, Sales, and Marketing in 2007; and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development in 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he was a consultant with LakeWest Group and served a number of companies, including Vera Bradley, in the areas of marketing, information technology, operations management, and strategy. With his new role at the Company, Mann will oversee information technology and operations, along with Company's strategic initiatives. Mann received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina and a MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Anastacia Knapper

Ms. Anastacia S. Knapper is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Vera Bradley Inc. Knapper joined the Company in 2011 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to Vera Bradley, she served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of both CTS Corporation and Haynes International, Inc. and was a Senior Associate with Ice Miller LLP prior to that. Knapper earned her B.S. degree in Literature and Film from the University of Kent and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Pamela Sours

Ms. Pamela Sours is Senior Vice President - Operations of the Company. Sours joined Vera Bradley in 2005 as Vice President, Manufacturing and Global Quality. She has over 20 years of operations and supply chain management experience in a variety of industries. Sours holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, both from Purdue University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a Certified Supply Chain Professional of global supply chain management.

David Thompson

Mr. David O. Thompson is Vice President - Direct Sales of Vera Bradley Inc. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, Mr. Thompson was a Senior Consultant, Manager and Vice President at LakeWest Group from 1998 to 2008. Prior to working at LakeWest Group, he served in various retail positions at OfficeMax, based in Cleveland, Ohio, and Bradless, based in Braintree, Massachusetts. With over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, Mr. Thompson has expertise in retail operations, web operations business process improvements and information technology in traditional retail, catalog and e-commerce channels.

Patricia Miller

Ms. Patricia R. Miller is Co-Founder, National Spokesperson, Director of Vera Bradley Inc. She co-founded Vera Bradley in 1982 and has served as a director since then. From 1982 through June 2010, she also served as Co-President. From the outset, Ms. Miller has provided leadership and strategic direction to the business, guiding the development of our operations and supply chain infrastructure and the growth of our employee base. Ms. Miller has also regularly provided a face for Vera Bradley. In June 2010, she was appointed National Spokesperson for the Company where she continued to promote our brand until her retirement in October 2012. Ms. Miller served as the first Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and the Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Miller serves as a director for the Indiana University Foundation and for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

John Kyees

Mr. John Edward Kyees is Lead Independent Director of Vera Bradley Inc. since April 2010. Mr. Kyees recently retired in 2010 after serving as the Chief Investor Relations Officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc. Mr. Kyees also served as Chief Financial Officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc. from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Kyees formerly held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for bebe stores, Inc., a retail chain headquartered in San Francisco, California, from 2002 to 2003. Prior to joining bebe, Mr. Kyees served as Chief Financial Officer for Skinmarket, a startup teenage cosmetic retailer, from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Kyees is currently a director and member of the audit committee of Destination XL Group, Inc., a publicly-traded specialty retailer of men’s clothing; a director and member of the audit committee of Hot Topic, Inc., a publicly-traded mall and web-based specialty retailer of apparel, accessories, music and gift items; and a director and member of the audit committee of Rackwise Inc., a publicly-traded provider of data center infrastructure management software. In addition, Mr. Kyees is also a director of Arhaus Furniture, a privately-held retailer.

P. Michael Miller

Mr. P. Michael Miller is Director of Vera Bradley Inc., since 1990. From 1990 through June 2010, he also served as Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Miller is a senior partner in the law firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP. He has been a partner with the firm since 1997. Mr. Miller also serves as a director of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Richard Baum

Mr. Richard Baum is Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc., since October 2011. Mr. Baum is the managing partner of Consumer Growth Partners, a private equity firm with an exclusive investment focus on specialty retail and branded consumer products companies, which he helped to found in 2005. Prior to founding Consumer Growth Partners, Mr. Baum spent more than a decade serving in various equity research roles with Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs

Karen Kaplan

Ms. Karen Kaplan has been appointed as Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. Ms. Kaplan has served as President of Hill Holliday, one of the nation’s largest advertising agencies, since 2003, and has served in various roles for Hill Holliday since 1982. Ms. Kaplan is a Trustee of Fidelity Investments where she serves on the Audit Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee, and is a Director of Delta Dental and DentaQuest, where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation and Executive Committees. In addition, Ms. Kaplan currently serves as Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Governors of the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston, and on the Board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Ms. Kaplan is a Trustee of the Post Office Square Trust, as well as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. She is also the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.

Matthew McEvoy

Mr. Matthew McEvoy is Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. He is Senior Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development at Burberry Group plc. Prior to joining Burberry in 2002, Mr. McEvoy worked for nearly fifteen years at Goldman Sachs, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of the Retail and Apparel Focus Group from 1993 to 2001. Mr. McEvoy is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College.

Frances Philip

Ms. Frances P. Philip is Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. since May 2011. From 1994 to 2011, Ms. Philip held positions of increasing responsibility at L.L. Bean, including Chief Merchandising Officer from 2002 to 2011. Prior to working at L.L. Bean, Ms. Philip was one of three principals who launched the innovative fresh flower catalog, Calyx & Corolla, and she served in a variety of roles with other specialty retailers, including The Nature Company, Williams-Sonoma, and The Gap. Ms. Philip is a graduate of Harvard Business School and also serves on the boards of A.T. Cross Company, a privately-held designer and marketer of branded personal and business accessories; Crane & Co., Inc., a privately-held manufacturer of US currency paper and fine cotton papers used for business and personalized stationery; and the Coastal Humane Society.

Edward Schmults

Mr. Edward M. Schmults is an Independent Director of Vera Bradley Inc., since September 2010. Since 2009, Mr. Schmults has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Wild Things, LLC, a privately-held company that provides technical apparel, packs and bags to the U.S. military, federal and state law enforcement agencies and the consumer market. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Schmults served as the Chief Executive Officer of FAO Schwarz, a toy retailer. Prior to joining FAO Schwarz, he was employed at RedEnvelope, Inc., a catalog and internet retailer of affordable luxury goods, where he started as Senior Vice President of Operations in 2004 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Mr. Schmults was a consultant in the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at Benchmark Capital in London in 2003. From 2000 to 2003, he served as President of Global Sales for Freeborders, an enterprise software company. Mr. Schmults previously served on the board of directors of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment, from 2007 to 2010. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Outdoor Leadership School and is a member of the National Council of the American Prairie Foundation.

Julia Bentley

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