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, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Justice, dressbarn, maurices and Catherines.
David began his retail career with dressbarn in 1992 and spent 10 years learning all aspects of the business, becoming the President & CEO in 2002. David drove the transition of dressbarn from an offprice 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.