September 15, 2016

The Talbots, Inc. ("Talbots") today announced that Michael Weiss, the longtime CEO of Express and a highly respected figure in the retail industry for many years, has joined the Talbots Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2016.

"Michael has long been viewed as one of the retail industry's most visionary, charismatic and inspiring leaders, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to join the Talbots' Board," said Lizanne Kindler, Chief Executive Officer of Talbots. "I am confident that my colleagues and I will benefit greatly from Michael's unique insights as we work to achieve our long-term goals."

"I am honored to join the Talbots Board," said Mr. Weiss. "The retail industry is very much about brands and Talbots is one of America's most iconic retail fashion brands with a long history of delivering on its stated mission to provide women with modern classic apparel. I look forward to working closely with the Board, the management team and Talbots' talented associates as the company continues to execute its business strategy and serve its loyal customers for years to come."

Stefan Kaluzny, Managing Director of Sycamore Partners, said, "I have known Michael as a friend and colleague for many years. He deservedly has earned an outstanding reputation in the retail industry and I have no doubt that by sharing his wisdom, expertise and warmth with his new colleagues and fellow board members, Michael will make a meaningful contribution to Talbots' ongoing growth and success."