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Joel J. Horowitz
Trustee

Joel J. Horowitz has over 35 years of experience in the apparel industry. He began his career with Polo/Ralph Lauren, serving in many capacities during his tenure. Later he joined Murjani International, Ltd., and in 1984 he was appointed President of the designer division, which included the initial development of the Tommy Hilfiger business, and from 1986 to 1989 he served as President of Murjani International, Ltd. In March of 1989, Mr. Horowitz, together with Mr. Hilfiger, joined forces with their partners to form Tommy Hilfiger, Inc.

From 1989 to 1994 Joel Horowitz served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company and then as Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2003. He became Executive Chairman of the Board in February 2003 and in April 2005 he became Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. He retired on October 31, 2005. In 2006 Mr. Horowitz, along with a management group and Apax Partners, Inc., took Tommy Hilfiger Corporation private. He presently serves as a Director of the Company.

Joel J. Horowitz is a member of the Executive Leadership Cabinet of the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. In 1997 he founded the Friends of CEDU Foundation which today operates under the name of Friends of Families with Children in Crisis where he remains as Trustee. Additionally, Joel Horowitz is a former member of the JP Morgan Chase Regional Advisory Board serving from 1994 to 2004.


Howard J. Swibel
Legal Counsel

Howard J. Swibel is a partner at Arnstein & Lehr, where he has practiced since 1983. He is the longest serving current member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, having been first elected in 1983. During a legal career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Swibel has developed substantial expertise in both the corporate transactional and litigation areas. He has represented a broad range of major corporations and other large private and public entities engaged in industries such as health care, real estate, financial services, hotel, transportation, retail, manufacturing, and communications. He often is involved in negotiating and documenting high-profile, sophisticated commercial transactions. He has also coordinated and supervised major complex litigation, both in the Chicago area and in various parts of the country.

Professional Activities and Achievements -
Mr. Swibel is active in a wide range of professional and civic activities. He has served for many years as an Illinois Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and as a trustee of the Uniform Law Foundation. He is presently serving as President of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the first Illinoisan to achieve that distinction in thirty years. He serves as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers hearing complex claims. He is a former member of the Governor’s Administrative Rules Commission, the Advisory Board of the Loyola University Law School Center for Health Care Law, and the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Mr. Swibel is Vice President of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, Inc. which is building a new, world-class Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional Board of Directors. Mr. Swibel is a member of the Harvard- Radcliffe Schools Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education for Metropolitan Chicago.

Recent Publications -
Mr. Swibel has spoken on a broad range of topics related to the corporate and litigation areas. He recently addressed an American Bar Association seminar on the upcoming revisions to the Uniform Limited Partnership Act. He also spoke on Revised Article 8 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which deals with investment securities, before the Chicago Bar Association’s Commercial Finance Committee. He co-authored the article “Surfing Stark II: Prohibition Against Self-Referrals,” published in the Physician Executive. He also co-authored the chapter entitled “Equipment Leasing,” which appeared in the Secured Transactions textbook published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.