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Wet Seal appoints Talbots exec as head of stores and operations

Foothill Ranch, Calif. -- The Wet Seal announced today that retail veteran Lesli Gilbert has been appointed executive VP, stores and operations, effective immediately. Gilbert replaces Barbara Cook, former senior VP store operations, who resigned in February.

Most recently, Gilbert was senior VP of stores at The Talbots, where she was responsible for developing the stores strategy and framework to reposition the business

“We are pleased to welcome Lesli and believe she is an ideal fit with Wet Seal’s business, brand positioning and organizational culture,” said John Goodman, CEO. “Lesli will take responsibility for leading our field organization and store teams, inspiring the vision and values of our Wet Seal and Arden B brands in stores and driving consistent execution.