Orchard Supply names new CEO
San Jose, Calif. — Orchard Supply Hardware on Monday named Mark Baker president and CEO. Baker will also join the Orchard Supply’s board.
In December the company announced it was looking for a replacement for then-CEO Rob Lynch, who resigned.
Baker was most recently president and COO of The Scotts Miracle-Gro. Before that he worked in various roles at The Home Depot and was CEO of Gander Mountain Co.
Orchard Supply’s two largest shareholders are Sears Holdings Corp., which has a controlling stake, and an affiliate of the private equity group at Ares Management LLC.
Report: American Eagle looking for new chief executive
New York City — American Eagle Outfitters is looking for a new chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported.
James O’Donnell, 70, has been CEO since 2003 and is said to be retiring, according to the report. Chairman Jay Schottenstein, a longtime retailer who also chairs the board of discount footwear chain DSW, is heading the board’s search. Schottenstein was CEO of the company from 1992 to 2002.
Brooks Bros. retains branding firm
New York City — Strategic branding firm Graj + Gustavsen said Monday that it has been retained by Brooks Bros. to consult on the apparel retailer’s branding initiatives.
According to Lou Amendola, chief merchandising officer for Brooks Bros., “We are excited to be working with the team at Graj + Gustavsen. Their deep expertise in consumer brand positioning and insight into market trends made them the ideal partner as we continue to explore brand building opportunities for Brooks Bros.”