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Custom-made menswear brand names CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

J.Hilburn has tapped a veteran direct-sales executive as chief executive officer.

The digitally native custom-made menswear retailer named Dave DeFeo as CEO. He replaces Andy Janowski who served in the position since April 2018 and will resume his role as chairman. (Janowski was tapped as CEO following the departure of J.Hilburn co-founder and CEO Veeral Rathod, who was named chief executive of Spence Diamonds in May 2019.)

DeFeo joins J.Hilburn with more than 25 years in the direct sales industry. Most recently, from 2008 to 2017, he was the CEO of online luxury fashion brand Worth. Prior to that, DeFeo was president and COO of The Longaberger Company, president of Doncaster and held leadership roles at Milliken & Company.

“It’s been an investment year focusing on the strategic vision of the company, assembling a world-class leadership team, and positioning the company for aggressive growth,” said Janowski. “With that said, the time is now to hand over those reigns to someone who is incredibly additive to our amazing team. Dave is a passionate and proven leader and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the business with more experience in the direct sales of luxury apparel.”

J.Hilburn includes a network of nearly 2,000 personal stylists across all 50 states. In addition to its e-commerce site, the company operates four physical locations. It plans to make continued enhancements to its omnichannel initiatives and digital platforms in the back half of the year.

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