Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc, a rapidly growing specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories for young women, today announced the appointment of Mark A. Hoffman as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. This is a new position, and Mr Hoffman will report to chairman and CEO Bernie Zeichner.

"Mark has an extensive retail background that immediately enhances our capability to continue growing rapidly," said Bernard Zeichner, CEO.

Prior to joining Charlotte Russe, Hoffman, 52, was COO of Pacific Sunwear. There he was responsible for more than 500 Pacific Sunwear and d.e.m.o. stores; distribution and logistics, real estate and construction. Previously, Mr Hoffman was president and COO of Claire's, a chain with about 2,000 stores at that time. Over the course of his career, Mr Hoffman also held various senior management and operating positions at Accessory Place, Country Road Australia and Ann Taylor.

"Mark's addition broadens the infrastructure at a key time as the company continues its national expansion. Charlotte Russe is committed to building a solid management team to support our growth objectives. Mark's experience and track record will provide Charlotte Russe with the operational and retail expertise we need to compete in this dynamic retail environment," Mr. Zeichner noted.

"I am delighted to join the Charlotte Russe team and look forward to playing a key role in continuing our strategic plans and helping realize the company's vision for expansion," said Mr Hoffman.

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