Jane Elfers joined The Children’s Place as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010. Jane has delivered several years of industry-leading shareholder returns through attracting best-in-class talent across the company, a relentless focus on product, a complete overhaul of the company’s systems, expansion into multiple international markets, the introduction of a digital and brick-and-mortar wholesale strategy, and the development of a multi-pronged strategic digital transformation of The Children’s Place brand. Jane is a 34-year retail veteran and a turnaround expert. She previously served as President and CEO of Lord & Taylor, during which time she transformed the ailing brand, saving it from extinction. Jane began her retail career at Macy’s and is a graduate of Bucknell University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and currently serves on their Board of Trustees.
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Leah Swan has consistently expanded her leadership portfolio since joining The Children’s Place in 2016. As the company’s Chief Operating Officer, she oversees Global Sourcing, Information Technology, Logistics, Store Operations, Real Estate, Legal, Environment & Social Responsibility and Enterprise Transformation & Risk. Leah brings over 25 years’ experience in the retail industry, holding Senior Vice President roles at Ross Stores and Gap Inc., and earlier in her career working for Williams Sonoma and The Walt Disney Company. Leah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Canberra of Australia.
As Chief Financial Officer, Rob oversees Financial Planning & Analysis, Financial Reporting, Accounting Operations, Tax, Treasury, Internal Audit, and Investor Relations. Rob joined The Children’s Place in 2016 as Vice President and Controller and has taken on roles of increasing responsibility including his appointment as Principal Accounting Officer in November 2018, and culminating in his appointment as CFO in April 2021. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, Rob held senior finance and accounting roles at Ralph Lauren, Fresh Direct, and Rag & Bone. Rob began his career in public accounting and auditing, including KPMG LLP within the NY metro audit practice. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ramapo College and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Derek Durley joined The Children’s Place in 2021 as Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocation. In this role, he is responsible for developing inventory strategies across all of our brands and channels as well as providing leadership to the planning and allocation and product operations teams. During his 20+ year career with retailers including Ascena, Gap Inc., L Brands, and Lands’ End, Derek has held roles of increasing responsibility with oversight for functions including merchandise planning and allocation, inventory management, and all aspects of supply chain, including global sourcing, distribution center operations and logistics. Derek holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont.
Jennifer Groves joined The Children's Place in 2014. She leads global product design as well as the creative direction for the brand. Her 25 years of creative design experience determines the brand’s seasonal color, concept, and overall aesthetic. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, she held Senior Vice President roles at Aeropostale and Gap Kids & Baby. She also held design roles of increasing responsibility at Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess and Bebe Stores. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.
Rajat joined The Children’s Place in 2017 as Head of Digital and Store Technology. In this role, he created a strong technology team focused on product engineering and practicing agile delivery methodology. In 2019 he was promoted to lead all of IT and is responsible for defining and implementing a multi-year IT strategy, managing information security and IT risk, and providing business support services. Rajat brings a wealth of experience across multiple retail organizations gained in his prior position as the Retail Technology Leader at SapientRazorfish. Prior to that he worked in information security at SafeNet Inc. and telecommunications at Hughes Software Systems. In 2021, Rajat assumed an expanded role as Chief Technology & Logistics Officer leading Global Logistics and Distribution in addition to IT. Rajat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Masters of Business Administration in Information Systems.
Claudia joined The Children’s Place in 2014. In her role leading Global Merchandising & Strategic Partnerships, Claudia is responsible for creating and delivering successful product strategies for our brands across all channels of distribution, as well as leading operations for our Wholesale and International Franchise businesses. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, she served as Director of International Merchandising for Destination Maternity and held roles during her 20-year career at Zara, Camuto Group, Ralph Lauren and Fifth & Pacific Companies. Claudia earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from New York University and her SIPA Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Maegan Markee joined The Children’s Place in 2010 and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility across multiple functions, leading to her current role as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing. Under Maegan’s leadership, the team is responsible for our personalization, email, SMS, loyalty and gift card programs, as well as site management and social and brand engagement strategies for each of our brands. Maegan earned her Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from Quinnipiac University.
Gregory Poole joined The Children's Place in 2012. As Chief Sourcing Officer, he is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with vendors around the world to manufacture superior product at a competitive price point. Gregory’s 30-year career includes serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Talbots and prior to that, as Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer at Ann Taylor Stores. He also spent over 12 years with Gap, Inc., and served in sourcing and manufacturing roles of increasing responsibility for Esprit de Corp., The North Face, Inc., American Marketing Works, Inc., and Body Glove, Inc.
Jared Shure joined The Children’s Place in 2018 as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility culminating in his appointment to the role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel in 2021. In this role, Jared leads all areas of the Legal team including International Trade, Product Safety & Intellectual Property, Contracts Compliance & International Operations, Real Estate, Litigation, Employment Law, and Board Governance and Administration. Jared attained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.
Nancy Straface joined The Children’s Place in 2021 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for Global Human Resources, including Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, Total Rewards, Corporate Communications, Learning & Development and Performance Management. Nancy has a wealth of executive-level Human Resources leadership experience, leading companies through change while championing continuous improvement and delivering robust talent strategies. Most recently, Nancy held the role of Chief Human Resources Officer at Century 21 Stores. Previously in her career, Nancy held roles of increasing responsibility at Loehmann’s Inc., culminating in her appointment as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in English from the University of Utah.