Alliance Data Stockholders Elect Karin Kimbrough to Board of Directors 1

Company’s multi-year board refreshment plan continues to enhance diversity of knowledge, skills, gender, race/ethnicity and experience

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) a leading global provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions, has announced the  election of Karin J. Kimbrough to its board of directors. Ms. Kimbrough was elected at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders, held Thursday, May 27, along with nominees Ralph J. AndrettaRoger H. BallouJohn C. Gerspach, Jr.Rajesh NatarajanTimothy J. TheriaultLaurie A. Tucker and Sharen J. Turney, each of whom served as Alli ance Data directors during the 2020-2021 term. As an independent director, Ms. Kimbrough will serve on the compensation and risk committees, bringing decades of experience in business strategy, financial stability monitoring and risk mitigation strategies. She currently serves as chief economist at LinkedIn Corporation.

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“As part of Alliance Data’s ongoing board refreshment plan, I am pleased to announce the addition of Karin Kimbrough to the board of directors,” said Ralph Andretta, president and chief executive officer, Alliance Data. “As we continue to demonstrate sound corporate governance and oversight during our exciting business transformation, Ms. Kimbrough complements the composition of our board, bringing a tremendous range of skills and expertise that align with our efforts to further expand the breadth of proficiencies, experience and perspectives represented on our board.”

Ms. Kimbrough’s qualifications include executive-level experience as an economist focused on consumer trends, financial and capital markets, as well as expertise in financial stability risk assessments. Her industry prowess will further elevate Alliance Data’s focus on high-caliber board leadership, with directors from a variety of industries providing critical oversight of the Company, including its business transformation strategy and execution. Her extensive background across the banking and financial services industries, among others, will benefit Alliance Data’s business and overall board governance.

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With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Kimbrough began her tenure with Morgan Stanley as an economist and strategist in 2000, followed by various roles in financial stability market monitoring, investment strategy and treasury in her positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Bank of America and Google.

Ms. Kimbrough holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.

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