ascena retail group inks SVP, general counsel

Mahwah-based ascena retail group inc. announced Monday it has appointed Wendy L. Hufford as senior vice present and general counsel, effective immediately.

Hufford will be responsible for all legal matters for the company and will serve on the company’s leadership team.

She will report to David Jaffe, chairman and CEO.

Prior to ascena, Hufford was at Boehringer Ingelheim USA as its chief operating officer, legal department and vice president, U.S. litigation, risk management and human resources. Before that, she held executive roles at ITT Corp. and Cardinal Health as well as in-house roles at GE Consumer Finance and Credit Suisse First Boston. Earlier in her career, she was in private practice.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wendy to our team,” Jaffe said. “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.”