Ann Company has appointed Katie J. Bayne as Director on its Board. Bayne serves as Senior Vice President, Global Sparkling Brands at The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, she is responsible for global marketing, portfolio strategy and innovation for the flagship brand, Coca-Cola, and the Company's other sparkling brands around the world. She also oversees worldwide licensing, retail and attractions for The Coca-Cola Company.

"Katie is an outstanding addition to Ann's Board of Directors. She brings an exceptional background in strategic marketing and brand management that will add value to the Company," said Ron Hovsepian, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

Bayne joined Coca-Cola in 1989 in brand management and has since held roles of increasing responsibility, focused on consumer strategy, retail marketing and consumer marketing in the US and Australia. From 2010 to 2013, she was President and General Manager, Sparkling Beverages, Coca-Cola North America. Prior to her current position, she served as President, North America Brands for The Coca-Cola Company.

An active leader in community and philanthropic work, Bayne currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Board of Trustees of the Lovett School in Atlanta. She also serves on the Board of the Atlanta Women's Foundation, an organization dedicated to being a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to ending generational poverty.

Bayne will serve as a Class I Director with a term expiring at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company in accordance with the Company's Certificate of Incorporation. Her appointment increases the size of the Ann Board to nine members, eight of whom are independent directors.

 

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