J.Crew Group makes numerous appointments to the management team
J.Crew has announced a series of executive appointments and new board members as the U.S. retailer seeks to “advance its long-term strategic growth plan” after emerging from bankruptcy late in the year. ‘last year.
Jose Davila has been appointed Director of Human Resources where he will lead the overall HR strategy and execution of the company. Davila has 25 years of experience in talent management and brand building, and most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources for Levi Strauss, where he oversaw North and South America.
He also spent 10 years at Gap, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Human Resources Manager for Banana Republic and Vice President of Human Resources for the Gap Brand Stores Organization.
Next, Danielle Schmelkin was appointed Chief Information Officer, where she is responsible for driving the digital transformation of the company “by maximizing information on data, increasing connectivity and interactivity with customers, stimulating l ‘innovation and by strengthening the IT architecture “.
Schmelkin has over 20 years of experience in technology and digital innovation, most recently working as CIO of J.Crew’s Madewell brand.
Derek Yarbrough has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer, where he will be responsible for all marketing, creative and e-commerce initiatives for the J.Crew and Madewell brands. He brings over 20 years of experience, most recently as Madewell’s Marketing Director.
Finally, Liz Hershfield has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sustainability, another newly created position responsible for leading sustainability innovation for the J.Crew, Madewell and J.Crew Factory brands. Hershfield has over 25 years of experience, most recently as senior vice president of sourcing and sustainability at Madewell.
“I believe strong and relevant brands are customer-centric, community-centric, purpose-driven and fueled by innovation, technology and a deeply collaborative culture,” said Libby Wadle, CEO of J.Crew Group, in a press release. “Jose, Danielle, Derek and Liz are recognized leaders in their respective fields, share our core values and bring significant expertise and passion for our brands that will drive our business forward. “
J.Crew Doubles Board of Directors to Six
In the same announcement, J.Crew revealed the addition of three new board members. Frits Dirk van Paasschen is the former CEO of The Coors Brewing Company and has held several leadership positions at Nike, eventually becoming Nike’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The next new addition is Anna Fieler, an executive and transformational technology investor who founded and currently runs venture capital firm Madison Park Ventures. She was also previously the Marketing Director of PopSugar.
The latest addition is Nadia Rawlinson, a Global Human Resources Manager who is currently Director of Human Resources at Slack and previously was Director of Human Resources at Live Nation Entertainment and Rakuten USA.
This string of top appointments comes at a time of significant change for J.Crew. The group became the first major US retailer to file for bankruptcy during the Covid-19 pandemic last May. He confirmed at the time that Madewell would continue to be part of the J.Crew group, following speculation he could sell the brand.
In September 2020, the company exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy after obtaining approval for its restructuring plan from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The plan enabled the company to capitalize over $ 1.6 billion in secured debt and access a $ 400 million exit loan facility on assets as well as $ 400 million in new loans. term.
That same month, the retailer announced that it would permanently close its six stores in the UK when it leaves the country.
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