The J Jill Group Inc, a specialty marketer of women's apparel, accessories and footwear, has appointed Jonathan P Ward, president and chief executive officer of The ServiceMaster Company, to its board of directors. Mr Ward's appointment increases the board to 7 members.

Mr Ward joined The ServiceMaster Company as president and chief executive officer in February 2001. ServiceMaster provides outsourcing services to over 12 million home and business customers throughout the United States and in 45 countries around the world, with fiscal 2000 revenue of $5.9 billion. Prior to joining ServiceMaster, Mr Ward served as president and chief operating officer of The RR Donnelley & Sons Company, a commercial printer and communication solutions company, from 1997-2001.

Gordon R Cooke, president and chief executive officer, commented: "We are extremely pleased that Jon Ward has joined the J Jill board of directors. Jon's extensive managerial experience and intimate knowledge of the retailing industry, from his 23 years at RR Donnelley, will be invaluable to J Jill as we further enhance and execute our multi-channel expansion strategy.''