Tory Burch to have co-CEOs
Tory Burch, an upscale women’s apparel and accessories company, has appointed former Ralph Lauren executive Roger Farah co-CEO, sharing the title with founder and current CEO Tory Burch, who will remain chairperson.
Farah and Burch will also establish an executive directors’ office, a newly formed management group made up of Brigitte Kleine, Robert Isen, Roger Farah and Tory Burch to lead and oversee the management of the company. Kleine will remain president of Tory Burch and will join the board of directors. Farah has also been appointed to the board. Isen will retain his role as a member of the board and continues as president of business development and chief legal officer.
The company is looking to leverage Farah’s previous experience with large international brands as it continues to expand globally.
“We have grown significantly over the last 10 years and Roger is uniquely qualified to help us continue to build and scale the business. He is an exceptional person and one of the great executives in our industry,” said Burch. “This is an exciting moment for the company and Brigitte, Robert and I look forward to working with him.”
Farah spent 14 years at Ralph Lauren as president and chief operations officer. He joined Ralph Lauren from Venator Group in 2000 where he was as chairman and CEO from 1994 to 2000. He previously served as the president and COO of Macy’s and chairman and CEO of Federated Merchandising Services and Rich’s Department Stores.
“The opportunity to join a growing, privately held, values-based company like Tory Burch was very appealing,” said Farah. “I’ve admired Tory for a long time and look forward to partnering with her and her team to execute her long-term vision.”
The company currently has 136 stores worldwide including a recently opened Shanghai flagship and has announced plans to open additional flagships in Milan, Paris and Soho, NY. The company’s recent partnerships include a successful beauty launch with Estée Lauder and upcoming watch launch with Fossil. It has also announced new distribution plans for Indonesia and Malaysia.
GameStop gears up for the holidays
GameStop plans to hire approximately 25,000 employees nationwide as the company prepares for the upcoming holiday shopping season — nearly double the number of people it hired last year.
“Providing exceptional customer service is the cornerstone of our brand’s promise to make our customers’ favorite technologies affordable and simple,” said Mike Buskey, SVP of HR. “To deliver on this promise, we are nearly doubling our seasonal hiring efforts this year to ensure our stores, distribution centers and refurbishment operation center are appropriately staffed to meet the customer demand we expect to receive during the holidays.”
To manage the breadth of anticipated holiday activity, GameStop is currently recruiting for in-store game advisers, as well as approximately 250 consumer electronic technicians within its refurbishment operation center (ROC), and warehouse personnel for the company’s two distribution centers based in Grapevine, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky.
GameStop will begin recruiting people in the next few days, and continue until mid-October. Seasonal jobs will begin October 6, and run through January 9, 2015, offering employees part-time, flexible work schedules during the week, which include the potential for up to 10-15 hours of work weeknights, weekends and days. In addition, all seasonal hires will receive a 15% discount off select merchandise purchases at GameStop stores as well as online.
Hhgregg prepares for holiday shopping season
Hhgregg plans to hire more than 450 home electronics and home appliances salespeople this holiday season to support its 228 stores.
“The holiday shopping season creates the best opportunity of the year for us to connect with our customers and provide a shopping experience that’s unmatched,” said CEO Dennis May. “With our sales associates at the core of our business, hiring is one of the most important aspects of our holiday preparation, and we’re thrilled to be able to add more than 450 additional qualified employees to the Hhgregg family.”
Hhgregg is accepting applications for holiday positions starting now, and plans to have all new hires on board and in stores by mid-October. The retailer is looking for full- and part-time employees, and it will consider all new hires for ongoing employment.
“To ensure that we maintain our extraordinary customer experience throughout the holiday season and on Black Friday, we’re looking for knowledgeable, friendly salespeople in both electronics and appliances for the holidays,” said Donna Desilets, VP of HR. “Our holiday positions are not typical 90-day-only hires, in that if new associates are performing to Hhgregg standards, the positions become ongoing.”