Sandpoint, Idaho Coldwater Creek announced that Georgia Shonk Simmons, president and chief merchandising officer, plans to retire on May 1, 2011. The company also announced that Jerome Jessup, executive VP creative, will immediately assume responsibility for merchandise design and development. Shonk Simmons will continue as head of merchandising with a view to transitioning those responsibilities to a new head merchant over the next several months.
"Georgia has made extraordinary contributions to our company over the past twelve years," said Dennis C. Pence, co-founder and CEO. "I am extremely grateful to Georgia who not only has been instrumental in creating our unique brand and developing our outstanding merchandising team, but has also been an inspiration to the entire Coldwater Creek team.”