Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

_ FORT WAYNE, Ind., Aug. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vera Bradley, Inc. announced today that its board of directors unanimously elected Matthew McEvoy as a director, effective July 29, 2011. Mr. McEvoy is Senior Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development at Burberry Group plc. Prior to joining Burberry in 2002, Mr. McEvoy worked for nearly fifteen years at Goldman Sachs, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of the Retail and Apparel Focus Group from 1993 to 1999. Mr. McEvoy is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College. "We are fortunate

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