Claire’s Stores names former Disney Store executive as CEO

New York -- Claire’s Stores Inc. has named James D. Fielding, former president of Disney Stores Worldwide, as CEO, effective June 18, 2012. Fielding, who resigned from Disney on Monday, will also join Claire’s board of directors.

“I look forward to capitalizing on the many growth initiatives available to the company, including new stores, development of the Icing concept, continued international expansion in markets such as Mexico, India and China, and optimization of e-commerce,” Fielding said in a statement.

In addition to Disney, Fielding formerly held positions at Lands' End Inc., The J. Peterman Co., The Gap and Dayton Hudson department stores.

Claire's, which is owned by private equity firm Apollo, announced in January that CEO Eugene Kahn had resigned. Two other executives took over his responsibilities while a search was initiated.

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