AnnTaylor Stores Corporation today announced an executive appointment. Cathy Rano will be joining the Company as Senior Vice President of Design for the Ann Taylor division of Ann Taylor, Inc., effective September 4, 2001.

In her new position Ms. Rano will report to Kim Roy, President of the Ann Taylor Division of Ann Taylor, Inc.

Ms. Rano most recently served as President, Emma James, Crazy Horse and First Issue at Liz Claiborne, Inc. She joined Liz Claiborne as Vice President, Design/ Merchandising, Special Markets in 1997, became Vice President/General Manager, Special Markets in 1999, and was promoted to her most recent position in 2000.

Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, Ms. Rano was Director of Product Development, Ladies Apparel for American Retail Group, and held several executive positions at Federated merchandising Group. As Senior Vice President of Design for the Ann Taylor division of Ann Taylor Inc., Ms. Rano will be responsible for product development for the Company's Ann Taylor division.

Kim Roy, President of the Ann Taylor Division of Ann Taylor, Inc. said,

"We are very happy to have Cathy Rano join the Ann Taylor team. She is an excellent leader, with a wealth of experience. She excels in focusing product development to effectively deliver on client expectations, and she will provide strong partnership for merchandising and marketing."

Ann Taylor is one of the country's leading women's specialty retailers, operating 500 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and also an Online store at .


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