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David Jaffe, Chairman & CEO

David Jaffe

Chairman & CEO, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

David Jaffe is Chairman and CEO of ascena retail group, inc., a leading specialty retailer of apparel for women and tween girls. ascena generates $7 billion in annual sales, operates over 4,500 stores across the U.S. and Canada and employs 65,000 associates through its eight distinct brands: Ann Taylor, Loft and Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Justice, dressbarn, maurices, Catherines. 

David began his retail career with dressbarn in 1992 and spent 10 years learning all aspects of the business, assuming the position of President & CEO in 2002. David drove the transition of dressbarn from an off-price discount store to a lifestyle specialty store brand. With that experience, David began expansion of the company and led four successful acquisitions; the first with maurices in 2005, followed by Justice in 2009, Lane Bryant and Catherines in 2012 and of ANN INC. in 2015. 

David’s previous experience was as a General Partner of Chemical Venture Partners, a private equity firm, and as a portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch. He received his BS/BA from the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.   

David is a Director of the National Retail Federation and the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School.  

David is also a Trustee of the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  He and his wife have four children, and live in New Canaan, CT.