Bebe shuffles board membership
New York – Bebe Store Inc. has named Seth Johnson, Blair Lambert and Brett Brewer to replace Caden Wang, Barbara Bass and Cynthia Cohen on the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Johnson previously served as CEO of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.
Johnson also served as COO and CFO of Abercrombie and Fitch. Prior to joining Abercrombie and Fitch he held positions at The Limited Inc., Batus Retail Group, Conoco, and Dayton Hudson (now known as Target).
Lambert, owner of Lambert Family Vineyard, also served as COO and CFO of The Gymboree Corporation and CFO of Illumination and of Bebe. Brewer currently serves as the co-founder and managing director of CrossCut Ventures and vice chairman of Acknowledged Inc. Brewer has more than 15 years of experience as an internet entrepreneur, including having served on the board of directors of Transworld Entertainment, a specialty music and video retailer. In addition, he co-founded Intermix Media which launched Myspace.com, Skilljam.com and Alena.com.
Abercrombie’s exec VP of stores to lead diversity efforts
New Albany, Ohio — Abercrombie & Fitch has reorganized its Diversity & Inclusion structure. Todd Corley, who has led the efforts since 2004, is leaving to launch the TAPO Institute, which will focus on inclusive leadership based on “principles of transparency, authenticity, persistence, and optimism,” Abercrombie said.
Assuming responsibility for oversight of Diversity & Inclusion is Amy Zehrer, the company’s executive VP of stores. She will assume responsibility for all home office efforts and the company’s approximately 100,000 global store associates.
"As chief diversity officer, Todd Corley created and implemented a transformational framework for our D&I efforts and we are thankful for everything he has contributed over his ten years with A&F," said Amy Zehrer. "We will further enhance the great work that has already been completed under Todd’s leadership, such as our stores going from less than ten percent non-white associates to over 50% today.”
Aerosoles names Children’s Place exec as head of retail
Edison, N.J. — Kevin Mead, the former senior VP, director of Stores for The Children’s Place, has joined the senior team at Aerosoles as executive VP, retail reporting directly to CEO Jules Schneider. Mead will lead the strategic direction, ongoing expansion and operations of Aerosoles retail and outlet locations.
Aerosoles recently announced the partnership with Palladin Consumer Retail Partners (PCRP). PCRP and the Aerosoles team are developing plans to achieve the next level of growth for the business. Mead has been brought in to spearhead the strategies for the retail segment.
"Kevin has demonstrated outstanding leadership in retail," said Schneider, CEO of Aerosoles. "He brings deep expertise in creating strategies for an unmatched customer experience in stores and developing growth initiatives to drive business forward."