Candie's, Inc today announced that it has appointed Richard G. Danderline as executive vice president finance and operations.

Jack Needham will remain as vice president finance.

Mr Danderline has developed a strong background in finance and operations during his extensive career that spans over 20 years. Most recently, he served as vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer of AeroGroup International, Inc ("Aerosoles"). During his 13-year tenure at Aerosoles, Mr Danderline was responsible for finance and operations, as the company grew in sales from $7 million to $150 million. Prior to Aerosoles, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. He was part of a management-led leveraged buyout of the What's What division of Kenneth Cole, which later became AeroGroup International, Inc.

Mr Danderline's experience also includes serving as vice president and controller of Energy Assets International, Inc and serving as vice president and controller of XOIL Energy Resources, Inc. Mr Danderline is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career with the accounting firm of Touche Ross & Co, predecessor of Deloitte & Touche.

Commenting on the announcement, Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive officer stated: "I am pleased to announce the addition of Richard as executive vice president of finance and operations. Richard brings to Candie's his superior knowledge of the finance and operational aspects of the footwear business. He has experienced both periods of strength and weakness within the footwear industry and is expected to add a tremendous amount of insight to our Company as we execute our growth strategies."

Candie's is a leading designer and marketer of young women's footwear, apparel and accessories. The company distributes its products through better department and specialty stores nationwide, as well as through seven company-owned stores and specialty stores internationally. Candie's Inc also owns and markets footwear, accessories and apparel under the Bongo trademark. Candie's also arranges for the manufacture of footwear products for mass market and discount retailers under the private label brand of the retailer or other trademarks owned or licensed by Candie's. Additionally, the Candie's brand is licensed to Liz Claiborne Inc for the manufacture, sale and distribution of fragrances and cosmetics and to Trebbianno for the manufacture, sale and distribution of handbags and small leathergoods. Candie's Inc. operates a leading community for teens on the web. For investor information please visit the corporate web site at

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