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James F. McCann

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS, Inc.

Mr. McCann, has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM since its inception. Mr. McCann has been in the floral industry since 1976 when he began building a chain of retail flower shops in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. McCann acquired the 800-FLOWERS phone number and renamed the company in 1986 followed by his launch on the Internet in 1992. Today, the company has a well-known web site and maintains strategic online relationships with a number of online services, including America Online, MSN, and Yahoo.

In his first job as a social worker at St. John’s Home for Boys in Rockaway, New York, Mr. McCann supported underprivileged children. He is a member of the board of directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited, GTECH Holdings Corporation, Boyd's Collections, Ltd., and the National Retail Federation. Active in numerous business and community organizations, Mr. McCann is on the national boards of directors of Gateway 2000, OfficeMax, and Very Special Arts, as well as the boards of Hofstra University and Winthrop-University Hospital. He also supports programs for the developmentally disabled.

Among his many honors are the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Merrill Lynch and Inc. Magazine, the Retailer of the Year award from Chain Store Executive Magazine, the Advocate of the Year award from Ernst & Young and the Long Island Association, and the Direct Marketer of the Year from Direct Marketing Day New York. He has also been named one of the Top Business 100 in Irish America Magazine.

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