NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual and active apparel for young women and men, today announced that Arthur Rubinfeld, President - Global Development for Starbucks Coffee Company, has been appointed to the Aeropostale Board of Directors.
Mr. Rubinfeld helped build the foundation of Starbucks as Senior Vice President of Real Estate from 1992 to 2002 and returned to the company as President, Global Development in 2008, his current position. After leaving Starbucks in 2002, Mr. Rubinfeld founded Airvision, a strategic brand development and growth advisory firm. From 2006 to 2008 Mr. Rubinfeld served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development at Potbelly Sandwich Works.
Julian R. Geiger, Chairman of the Board, stated, "Arthur is an outstanding addition to our Board of Directors. He is well known for his leading-edge, insightful approach to branding and strategic retail expansion, having served in a number of top management positions at Starbucks, as well as authoring a book on global growth and expansion. We look forward to Arthur's vision and expertise making a valuable contribution to Aeropostale."
About Aeropostale, Inc.
Aeropostale, Inc. is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale® stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Aeropostale® maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aeropostale® products can only be purchased in its Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale™ products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores and online at www.ps4u.com. The Company currently operates 918 Aeropostale stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 67 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 72 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in 21 states.
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