David Jaffe, president and CEO of ascena retail group, inc., which includes leading retail brands maurices, Justice, dressbarn, Catherine's, and Lane Bryant, will provide insight on driving sustained profitable growth on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 11 am in UMD's Weber Hall. Jaffe is LSBE’s fall Distinguished Speaker. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to pre-register for this event on the LSBE website or by calling 218-726-8614. This event is part of the Passport to Professional Success Program.
“We are very privileged to have David Jaffe share his insight with us on sustaining profitable growth,” said Amy Hietapelto, dean of LSBE. “As the leader of ascena retail group, he has achieved tremendous success, having worked through multiple successful mergers. We look forward to having Mr. Jaffe share how he has successfully grown ascena with his business strategies while allowing the individual brands, like our revered maurices, to retain their identities.”
National Bank of Commerce is underwriting LSBE’s fall Distinguished Speaker presentation. With six local branches, National Bank of Commerce is the area’s largest, locally owned bank with headquarters in Superior, WI. Additional bank locations include Duluth and Hermantown, Minn., a midtown Superior bank, and one each in Poplar and Solon Springs.
“National Bank of Commerce is proud to support the LSBE's fall Distinguished Speaker,” said Bruce H. Webb, Community Bank president – Minnesota. “We couldn't be more excited about hearing from Mr. Jaffe, whose organization includes maurices, one of the cornerstones of the Twin Ports. I would encourage the community to take advantage of hearing about a relevant topic from an outstanding leader with a proven track record.”
Ascena is a leading national retailer with $5 billion in annual sales, nearly 4,000 stores and 50,000 associates through its five brands. Ascena is publicly traded as ASNA.
Jaffe joined ascena in 1992, holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility until being promoted to president and CEO in 2002. He was responsible for directing the transition of dressbarn from an off-price discount store to a lifestyle specialty store brand and led three successful acquisitions.
Jaffe completed his undergraduate work from the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jaffe began his career in venture capital investing primarily in retail startups.
Jaffe is a director of the National Retail Federation, the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School, and in 2013 was named the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Family Business of Excellence recipient. He is also a director of Food Allergy Research & Education, and a trustee of the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He lives with his wife and four children in New Canaan, CT.
LSBE is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious distinction. In Northeastern Minnesota, LSBE is the only school to have AACSB accreditation.