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Biography PhotoBEATRICE LAFON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Beatrice Lafon brings over 30 years of Pan European retail experience, underpinned by a tremendous record for achieving results, quickly. She has extensive experience in buying, merchandising, strategy and proposition development, coupled with strong operational and leadership skills. Beatrice’s past experience includes blue chip retailers such as Marks & Spencer, J Sainsbury's (where she launched homebase.co.uk, the first DIY transactional website in the world in 2000), BSkyB, Kingfisher Group and sizeable private businesses such as River Island and Tchibo and Animal.
Biography PhotoPER BRODIN
EVP, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Per Brodin taps into his 20 years of financial, accounting and management experience with companies such as Centene Corp. and The May Department Stores Co. to drive Claire’s financial growth, global expansion and investor relations. Empowered to manage a top notch financial team in a global business environment, Per has enabled Claire’s position for continued success, future progress and performance.
Biography PhotoPETER  COLLYER
SVP, GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES
Peter Collyer brings over 30 years of global HR experience to Claire’s, having held various international positions at The Walt Disney Company, including leading human resources for Disney Stores Worldwide. Prior to Disney, Peter held Senior HR roles at Oasis Stores, Yamaichi International and RCI. His global experience includes work in the US, UK, Japan and China.
Biography PhotoBILL HOELLER
SVP, GLOBAL FRANCHISE
Bill Hoeller is playing a critical role in the global expansion of Claire's, Inc. tapping into his over 20 years of experience in Planning, Allocation, Merchandise Systems, Logistics, and International within the specialty and department store retail industries. Bill has held prior senior positions with Federated Department Stores, Limited Brands Inc., Levi Strauss and Co., and Destination XL Group, Inc.
Biography PhotoCHONA PONCE
SVP, MANAGING DIRECTOR RSI INTERNATIONAL
A seasoned executive with over 25 years in fashion accessories and jewelry, Chona Ponce brings tremendous experience to the Claire’s team. Prior to joining Claire’s, Chona serviced many fashion and global retailers including The Gap, Esprit, Walmart and JCPenney. Her commitment to the Claire’s Global Sourcing team is evident with nearly two decades of continued service and year over year growth.
Biography PhotoMICHAEL BASLER
SVP, FINANCE
Michael Basler joined Claire’s in 2008, bringing with him a wealth of retail and financial expertise. Prior to joining Claire’s, Michael held various financial leadership positions at both Macy’s and May’s Department Stores. Michael’s mastery of finance and analysis has proven to be invaluable to Claire’s Inc. as the company continues to expand globally. As a result of his unwavering dedication, Michael has enjoyed much success throughout his career in Financial Planning and Analysis, Loss Prevention, Procurement and Compliance.
Biography PhotoREBECCA R. ORAND
SVP, GENERAL COUNSEL, QUALITY ASSURANCE & SECRETARY
Rebecca Orand brings over 20 years of international legal expertise to the Claire’s Inc. team. Prior to joining Claire’s, Rebecca was a partner at the Miami Office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm where she expertly managed IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, financings, general securities and corporate matters. Rebecca takes the lead on all legal matters pertaining to North America, Europe, China and International (franchise) operations, as well as global legal compliance for merchandise sold in these markets. Rebecca is also a licensed CPA.
Biography PhotoROB COLE
SVP, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Rob Cole brings to Claire’s over 30 years of leadership experience in information technology along with a well-rounded retail background. He spent almost two decades in retail IT at both Lord & Taylor and May Department Stores, and broadened his expertise with a role at Motorola focused on wireless mobility solutions. Rob has an MA in Accounting and a BA in Economics from The University of Missouri. He is a CPA and an Eagle Scout.


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