J. Crew hires former Victoria's Secret boss as chief executive officer

J. Crew store. Credit: Instagram - @jcrew

J.Crew bosses have appointed Jan Singer as the fashion company's new chief executive officer.

Singer, who served as head of lingerie giant Victoria's Secret from 2016 until late 2018, will now take the reins at the American retailer, succeeding interim leader Michael J. Nicholson.

"I'm excited and honoured to join this iconic brand and team at such an important time," she said in a statement. "For me, J.Crew has led specialty retail by knowing what it takes to be a brand - putting the consumer first and at the centre. My passion for developing product, brand experiences and teams feels very at home at J.Crew. It's a beloved brand that has always been in my heart and, like millions of consumers, in my closet."

Singer will officially start work at J.Crew on 2 February. She has more than 25 years of experience of positioning brands for long-term growth and was previously responsible for Victoria Secret's $4 billion lingerie business across 1,000 stores and digital platforms, and also served in senior roles at shapewear company Spanx and sportswear label Nike.

Accordingly, J.Crew president Michael J. Nicholson is thrilled to have Singer onboard.

"Jan's appointment as chief executive officer is an important milestone for our company," he said. "With these key building blocks in place, it is an opportune time for J.Crew to bring on a leader with a proven track record in positioning brands for success. It has been an honour to lead this organisation over the past year and I would like to extend my gratitude to each and every associate for their relentless support, passion and contributions towards rebuilding our company. It is an exciting time for J.Crew, and I look forward to partnering with Jan as we further energise our businesses and teams."

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