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Vera Bradley Inc (VRA.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Hall

57 2010 Chairman of the Board

Robert Wallstrom

49 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

76 2010 Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director

Kevin Sierks

42 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Theresa Palermo

2015 Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Kimberly Colby

53 2005 Executive Vice President - Design

Sue Fuller

40 2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer

Anastacia Knapper

41 2014 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Patricia Miller

76 2010 Co-Founder, National Spokesperson, Director

John Kyees

68 2011 Lead Independent Director

P. Michael Miller

77 2010 Director

Richard Baum

68 2011 Independent Director

Mary Kelley

47 2015 Independent Director

Matthew McEvoy

53 2011 Independent Director

Frances Philip

57 2011 Independent Director

Edward Schmults

52 2010 Independent Director

Julia ..

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. Mr. Hall is the President of Green Gables Partners, a private investment firm that he founded in 2010. Prior to founding Green Gables, Mr. Hall started Andesite Holdings, a private equity firm, where he served as principal from 2007 to 2014. 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 privately-held manufacturer of outerwear; New World Stoneworks LLC, a privately-held retailer of stone products; and Bill’s Khakis, a privately-held clothing retailer. 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; is a member of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners; 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 Vera Bradley, Mr. Wallstrom served as President of Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF 5TH division from 2007 until November 2013. 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 retailer Macy’s Inc. from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Wallstrom serves on the Board of Directors of the LIM Fashion Education Foundation.

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Ms. Barbara Bradley Baekgaard is a Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. she also served as Co-President. 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 member of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center Development Board and as a member of the board of directors of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Kevin Sierks

Mr. Kevin J. Sierks is a Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Vera Bradley, Inc. Mr. Sierks joined the Company as the Vice President – Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in December 2011, and also served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer from January 2013 through January 2014. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, from 2007 to 2011 Mr. Sierks served as Vice President – Controller at Biomet, Inc., a large orthopedic medical device company. Mr. Sierks previously served as Director of Accounting and U.S. Shared Services at Boston Scientific Corporation from 2005 to 2007. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Sierks served as Director of Financial Reporting and Business Development at Guidant Corporation, which was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in 2006. Formerly, Mr. Sierks was with Deloitte & Touche from 1995 to 2002, departing as an Audit Manager.

Theresa Palermo

Ms. Theresa Palermo has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of the Company., effective June 22, 2015. Since 2013 Palermo has served as Vice President, Global Marketing and Public Relations for Fossil Group, where she successfully created and executed innovative marketing strategies and campaigns for their extensive portfolio of luxury and fashion brands across North and Central America. Palermo joined Fossil in 2011 as Global Senior Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Fossil, she held key marketing roles of increasing responsibility with several well-known retailers including global footwear company Collective Brands, The Timberland Company and the J. Jill Group. In the Chief Marketing Officer role, Palermo will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies and initiatives that will build Vera Bradley's brand awareness and drive revenue growth across all of the Company's channels.

Kimberly Colby

Ms. Kimberly F. Colby is a 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 a Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer of Vera Bradley Inc. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, Ms. Fuller served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Carhartt, Inc. 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.

Anastacia Knapper

Ms. Anastacia S. Knapper is a Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Vera Bradley, Inc. Ms. Knapper joined the Company in 2011 as the Vice President – General Counsel, Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, Ms. Knapper served as the Vice President – General Counsel, Corporate Secretary for CTS Corporation from January 2011 to November 2011 and the Vice President – General Counsel, Corporate Secretary for Haynes International, Inc. from August 2006 to December 2010. Formerly, Ms. Knapper was with Ice Miller LLP from August 2000 to August 2006, where she departed as a Senior Associate.

Patricia Miller

Ms. Patricia R. Miller is a 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. In June 2010, she was appointed National Spokesperson for the Company where she continued to promote 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 served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Destination XL Group, Inc., the largest multi-channel specialty retailer of big and tall men’s apparel. In 2010, Mr. Kyees retired as the Chief Investor Relations Officer from Urban Outfitters, Inc., a retail chain headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after serving as Chief Financial Officer 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. Mr. Kyees is currently a director of Destination XL Group, Inc. 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, and Applaud, LLC, a privately-held social networking site.

P. Michael Miller

Mr. P. Michael Miller is Director of Vera Bradley Inc., since 1990. In 2013, In 2013, Mr. Miller retired as a senior partner in the law firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, where he served as a partner from 1997. From 1990 through June 2010, Mr. Miller served as our Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Miller also serves on the Board of Directors of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Richard Baum

Mr. Richard Baum is an 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 investment banking, securities and investment management firms Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein. Mr. Baum serves on the Board of Directors of Harris Originals of NY, Inc., a privately-held jewelry retailer for military service personnel in the United States. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth New York, Inc.

Mary Kelley

Ms. Mary Lou Kelley is Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. Kelley has extensive e-commerce, marketing, and strategic planning experience and has served as President, E-Commerce for Best Buy since 2014. Prior to joining Best Buy, Kelley served as Senior Vice President, E-Commerce for Chico’s FAS and held the posts of Vice President of Retail Real Estate and Marketing and Vice President of E-Commerce for L.L. Bean. Previously, she also held key marketing positions with Ashford.com and Ben & Jerry’s and was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. Kelley holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and earned a MBA from the University of Virginia Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business.

Matthew McEvoy

Mr. Matthew McEvoy is an Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. Mr. McEvoy is Chief of Strategy and New Business Development at Burberry Group plc, a luxury apparel and accessories company based in London. Prior to joining Burberry in 2002, Mr. McEvoy worked for nearly fifteen years at Goldman Sachs & Co., a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of the Retail and Apparel Focus Group from 1993 to 2001.

Frances Philip

Ms. Frances P. Philip is an Independent Director of Vera Bradley, Inc. since May From 1994 to 2011, Ms. Philip held positions of increasing responsibility at L.L. Bean, Inc. a privately-held outdoor apparel and equipment retailer based in Freeport, Maine, 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 also serves on the boards of Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., a publicly-traded specialty retailer of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear; Crane & Co., Inc., a privately-held manufacturer of US currency paper and fine cotton papers used for business and personalized stationery; Sea Bags, a privately-held retailer of handcrafted tote bags and accessories from recycled sails; and Totes-Isotoner Corporation, a privately-held international umbrella, footwear and cold weather accessory supplier. She also serves on the advisory boards of the privately-held companies Kind Exchange and Lee Auto, and on the Board of the Coastal Humane Society, a non-profit organization.

Edward Schmults

Mr. Edward M. Schmults is an Independent Director of Vera Bradley Inc., since September 2010. Mr. Schmults has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director 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 currently serves on the advisory board of First Insight, Inc., a privately-held retail consulting company; is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Outdoor Leadership School; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Outdoor Industry Association, the industry group for the outdoor retail industry

Julia ..