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David Jaffe    

Former Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

David Jaffe serves as a director (since 2001), as our CEO (since 2002) and as Chairman of the Board (since 2016). Previously, he had been President from 2002 to 2017, and Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Jaffe joined our Company in 1992 as Vice President, Business Development and became Senior Vice President in 1995, Executive Vice President in 1996 and Vice Chairman in 2000.

David is the son of Elliot S. and Roslyn S. Jaffe. Elliot S. Jaffe is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus. Roslyn S. Jaffe is a co-founder and Director Emeritus for Life. David Jaffe is the brother of Elise Jaffe, a non-executive officer and a more than 5% stockholder, and Richard Jaffe, a significant holder of the Company’s stock. Mr. Jaffe is also a member of the Board of Directors of The National Retail Federation.

The Board selected Mr. Jaffe to serve as a director based on his extensive retail and financial background.

Mr. Jaffe is the founder and serves as secretary and treasurer of the Food Allergy Initiative. He served as the COO of Dress Barn Inc. from September 2001 to 2002. He joined Ascena Retail in 1992 and served as its vice president of business development from 1992 to 1995, senior vice president from 1995 to 1996 and executive vice president from 1996 to 2001.

Jaffe received a BS/BA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School. David was responsible for spearheading the transition of Dressbarn from an off-price discount store to a lifestyle specialty store brand and later for the acquisition of maurices.

Prior to joining Dressbarn, David was a general partner of what is now JP Morgan Partners, a private equity firm.  He began his career at Merrill Lynch as a portfolio manager. 

He lives with his wife and four children in New Canaan, CT.


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