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MAHWAH, N.J.–()–ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), today announced that John L. Welborn, Jr. has been appointed as a member of ascena’s Board of Directors.

JOHN L. WELBORN, Jr. joins the Board with extensive experience in capital markets and investing. Mr. Welborn currently serves as a Managing Director for Stadium Capital Management, LLC, an investment advisory firm whose funds are significant long-term ascena stockholders. Prior to joining Stadium in 2000, Mr. Welborn was a Financial Analyst at The Beacon Group, LLC, an investment and advisory firm that is now part of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. At Beacon, Mr. Welborn was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, focusing on financial services and consumer product companies and the Liquid Investments Committee. From 2012-2014, Mr. Welborn served as a director and member of the governance committee for Intermountain Community Bancorp and a director of Panhandle State Bank, Inc.

“We seek open dialogue and input from our stockholders and believe that John’s long-term stockholder perspective as well as his extensive capital markets and investment experience will benefit the company and its stockholders,” said Kate Buggeln, who chairs the Board’s Leadership and Corporate Governance Committee.

“John possesses the relevant expertise that complements the talents of our current directors. We look forward to benefitting from his added perspective to ascena’s Board and believe that he will make a substantial contribution to the company while serving the best interests of all of its stockholders,” said David Jaffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ascena retail group.

“I am excited to join ascena’s Board of Directors. Stadium Capital is once again a significant stockholder, and we have had a strong and constructive working relationship with ascena for almost twenty years.” said Mr. Welborn. “Now as a member of the Board, I look forward to working with the full Board to help ascena drive long-term stockholder value.”

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant and Catherines), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,700 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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