Ascena Retail, owner of Ann Taylor and others, tries Wendy Hufford as GC on for size

Ascena Retail Group Inc. has hired Wendy Hufford as senior VP and general counsel. Hufford joins the company from Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she was the chief operating officer, legal department and vice president of U.S. litigation. Prior to that, she held executive leadership positions at ITT Corporation and Cardinal Health, as well as in-house roles at GE Consumer Finance and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Earlier in her career, Hufford was in private practice at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York, and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert J. Ward In New York..

“We are thrilled to welcome Wendy to our team,” said Ascena CEO David Jaffe in a statement. “In addition to her impressive legal career, she is passionate about leading initiatives to help working women and families in the workplace and has been recognized for her dedication to mentoring and leadership development. This made Wendy the right person for this important role.”

Hufford, a mother of eight, received a 2017 Working Mother of the Year award from Working Mother magazine. She has led women’s leadership programming throughout her career and designed and co-founded the Women’s Initiative Network at Cardinal Health, for which the company won an ACE Award in 2012 from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.


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