Harry & David hires Jackie Ardrey as senior VP, Merchandising, responsible for overall merchandising, assortment and supply strategy

MEDFORD, Oregon , September 28, 2012 (press release) – Harry & David, America’s iconic gourmet gifting curators, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jackie Ardrey as Senior Vice President, Merchandising. Jackie will join the Senior Leadership Team and be responsible for developing and managing overall merchandising, assortment and supply strategy. She will provide merchandising and supply management leadership across all channels of distribution, including catalog, internet, retail and wholesale.

Jackie’s background includes more than 20 years merchandising experience in multi-channel retail companies. From 1998 to present she worked at Hanna Andersson, a multi-channel children’s apparel retailer, where she held positions of increasing merchandising responsibility, the most recent being Senior Vice President, Merchandising/Design/Wholesale. Prior to her role at Hanna Andersson, Jackie worked in various merchandising capacities for the May Company and Hecht’s Department Stores. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pennsylvania State University.

“We’re truly thrilled to welcome Jackie to the Harry & David family,” said Craig Johnson, CEO, Harry & David. “Jackie brings with her a stellar background that we feel will be compatible with the direction we’re looking towards for growth, quality and innovation.”

Harry and David is America’s largest multi-channel marketer of gourmet fruit gifts, fine chocolates, baked goods, confections and home décor accessories. For the latest deals and specials from Harry & David, join our Facebook fan page, Facebook.com/HarryandDavid or visit www.harryanddavid.com.

About Harry & David

With close to an 80-year reputation for genuine farm-to-table freshness and unsurpassed artisanal quality, Harry & David is legendary for exclusive gifts such as the Fruit-of-the-Month Club® collection, featuring top-quality fruit, pampered on the tree, picked at its peak; Royal Riviera® Pears, prized for their lush juiciness, melting texture and exquisite flavor, many of which are grown in Harry & David’s Rogue Valley, Oregon pear orchards which are at the heart of the company’s success; Oregold® Peaches, the biggest, juiciest, sweetest-tasting peaches you're likely to taste; and Moose Munch® gourmet snacks, most of which are made exclusively in our own confectionery, in flavors for everyone - some with nuts, some sweet, and some savory. Gifts from Harry & David, and its brands Cushman's and Wolferman's, are designed for festive occasions, entertaining and self enjoyment throughout the year. Through its stores, catalogs and website, Harry & David offers an affordable "best-of-class" experience as part of everyday life. Harry & David is a dba of Harry and David. http://www.harryanddavid.com

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