DiNicola to Retire July 31

Robert J. DiNicola, who twice in the past decade skillfully restored Zale Corp. to financial stability and profitability, will retire as its chairman and chief executive officer at the end of the current fiscal year on July 31, 2002. No successor to DiNicola was immediately announced. Richard Marcus, speaking on behalf of the Zale board of directors, said, "We will take the next several months to explore succession alternatives" while DiNicola and his management team "continue to focus on the business and bringing a successful close to the fiscal year." DiNicola first became chairman and CEO of Zale in 1994, after Zale's return from bankruptcy reorganization. He built a skilled executive management team, restored Zale Corp. to financial stability (with annual sales topping $1 billion), began expanding the company internally and through acquisitions in the United States and Canada, an

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