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Francesca's Holdings Corp (FRAN.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Richard Kunes

65 2016 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael Prendergast

2019 interim Chief Executive Officer

Cynthia Thomassee

47 2019 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Marc G. Schuback

56 2018 Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Richard Emmett

62 2016 Lead Independent Director

Patricia Bender

63 2011 Independent Director

Philip Bleser

64 2017 Independent Director

Joseph O'Leary

60 2013 Independent Director

Martyn Redgrave

66 2015 Independent Director

Marie Toulantis

64 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Richard Kunes

Mr. Richard W. Kunes is no longer Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company., effective January 31, 2020. He also served as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2016 to October 2016. Mr. Kunes served as Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. (“Estée Lauder”) from August 2012 to June 2013. Prior to such time, Mr. Kunes served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Estée Lauder for 12 years and held several other financial management positions with Estée Lauder, including Corporate Controller. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and head of the Audit Committee of Tory Burch LLC. Mr. Kunes brings extensive financial, strategic and operational leadership experience to the Board of Directors.

Michael Prendergast

Mr. Michael Prendergast is interim Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Prendergast is a Senior Director in Alvarez & Marsal's Private Equity Performance Improvement Retail practice. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience from the fashion and consumer products industries.

Cynthia Thomassee

Ms. Cynthia Thomassee is appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company., effective July 19, 2019. In light of her long-standing service and contributions to the Company. Ms. Thomassee currently serves as the Company's Senior Vice President of Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer, positions she has held since April 2016, and previously served as Vice President of Accounting and Controller from December 2007 to April 2016. Ms. Thomassee previously served as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from December 2015 to April 2016 and May 2012 to March 2013 and, prior to that, served as Company’s Director of Finance from December 2007 to May 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Thomassee served as Controller at LRG Furniture, LLC, a retail subsidiary of Bassett Furniture Industries, for over eight years.

Marc G. Schuback

Mr. Marc G. Schuback is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the company. Prior to joining us, Mr. Schuback provided legal consulting services to Aero OpCo LLC, the successor to the operating assets of Aeropostale, Inc. (“Aeropostale”) from January 2017 to March 2018 and served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Aeropostale, a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories from August 2013 to December 2016. Before joining Aeropostale, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of dELiA*s, Inc., a direct marketing and retail company, from August 2007 to August 2013, as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Footstar, Inc., a national footwear retailer, from 1996 to 2007 and as Deputy Counsel of Melville Corporation, a retail holding company which had businesses in the drug store, home furnishings, apparel, footwear and toy segments, from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Schuback was an associate at the international law firm of Graham & James from 1986 to 1991.

Richard Emmett

Mr. Richard J. Emmett is Lead Independent Director of Francesca's Holdings Corp. He also served as our Lead Director from May 2016 to October 2016. Mr. Emmett currently serves as the Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (“Dunkin’”) and, prior to 2014, served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Dunkin’. Prior to joining Dunkin’, Mr. Emmett served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of QCE Holding LLC (“Quiznos”) from May 2007 to April 2009. Mr. Emmett also served as a member of the Quiznos leadership team and worked on a wide array of issues ranging from the development of the overall business strategy to managing U.S. and international franchise relations. Prior to Quiznos, Mr. Emmett served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Papa John’s International. Mr. Emmett is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Franchise Association.

Patricia Bender

Ms. Patricia A. Bender is Independent Director of Francesca's Holdings Corp. Ms. Bender is currently a partner in Vista Private Equity LLP, a privately held shopping center development and private equity company, a position she has held since May 2016. Ms. Bender served as Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing at Weingarten Realty Investors (“Weingarten”) from 2005 to April 2015. During her 33-year tenure at Weingarten, Ms. Bender directed the development and operations of approximately 300 shopping centers and spearheaded various initiatives, including corporate rebranding and sales-focused marketing and training. Ms. Bender currently serves on the Board of Texas Gulf States Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Also, Ms. Bender was an adjunct professor in the Jones School at Rice University from 2009 to 2015 and is a National Association of Corporate Directors fellow. Ms. Bender brings commercial real estate expertise and a perspective on successful growth of specialty retail concepts to the Board of Directors.

Philip Bleser

Mr. Philip F. Bleser is Independent Directorof the Company.For most of his professional career, Mr. Bleser held numerous senior leadership positions at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (“J.P. Morgan”) which he joined in 1974. While at J.P. Morgan, he served as the Global Chairman of Corporate Banking from April 2015 to July 2016 and CEO of Global Corporate Bank in North America from 2010 to 2015. Currently, Mr. Bleser is a member of the Board of Trustees of Pace University in New York and is the Senior External Advisor to McKinsey & Company since July 2017. Mr. Bleser serves on the board of directors of the Progressive Corporation, where he also serves on the Compensation Committee, since August 2017. From 2011 to 2016, he served as a member of the board of directors of Private Export Funding Corporation, where he also served on the Audit and the Compensation and Development committees. As a highly accomplished executive, Mr. Bleser brings a significant amount of strategic, corporate governance, finance, and operational experience to the Board of Directors.

Joseph O'Leary

Mr. Joseph D. O'Leary is Independent Director of Francesca's Holdings Corporation. Mr. O’Leary held various positions at PetSmart, Inc., (“PetSmart”), including, President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2013 to April 2014, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Strategic Planning from January 2011 to May 2013, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Supply Chain from October 2008 through January 2011, and as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain from 2006 through September 2008. Mr. O’Leary is currently a member of the board of directors of PetSmart since May 2015 and of Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. since October 2017.

Martyn Redgrave

Mr. Martyn R. Redgrave is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Redgrave is currently the Managing Partner and CEO of Agate Creek Partners, LLC, a professional governance and consulting services company which he co-founded in July 2014. From August 2012 until his retirement in August 2014, he served as Senior Advisor to L Brands, Inc. (“L Brands” and formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc.). Previously, Mr. Redgrave served as L Brands’ Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from March 2005 to August 2012 and its Chief Financial Officer from January 2006 to May 2007. Mr. Redgrave currently serves on the board of directors of Deluxe Corporation and is the non-executive chairman of its board since August 2012. Prior to its acquisition in March 2017, Mr. Redgrave served on the board of directors of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., where he served as the chairman of the audit committee.

Marie Toulantis

Ms. Marie Toulantis is Independent Director of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation. Ms. Toulantis served as Interim Vice President of University Relations of Pace University from November 2011 to August 2012. Prior to joining Pace University in November 2011, Ms. Toulantis was Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble.com from February 2002 to August 2008, and Chief Financial Officer from April 1999 to February 2002. Ms. Toulantis currently serves on the board of trustees of Pace University.