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Lands' End has appointed Jerome Griffith to be the company's next Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as president and CEO of Tumi Holdings. Griffith will also join the Lands' End Board of Directors.
Commenting on Griffith’s appointment, Josephine Linden, Chairman of the Board of Lands' End, said in the company announcement, "We are thrilled to welcome Jerome Griffith as Lands' End's next CEO. Jerome is an exceptionally gifted leader with an impressive track record of spearheading growth and expansion at several iconic apparel and consumer goods companies. Over the course of his career, Jerome has demonstrated a special talent for innovation in design and functionality to attract new customers while upholding the quality, value, service, and products that current customers love."
Griffith, who will join the company on March 6, 2017, added, "I am delighted to join Lands' End as the organization enters its next phase of growth and development. By focusing and building on its core brand values and its heritage of delivering quality, value and service, I believe Lands' End is well positioned to innovate and grow as a global leader in classic American sportswear."
Griffith will succeed Joseph Boitano and James Gooch, who served as co-interim CEOs since September 26, 2016, when the company announced its search for a permanent CEO.
Griffith served as the CEO, president and a member of the board of directors of Tumi Holdings from April 2009 until its sale in August 2016 to Samsonite International, where he now serves as a non-executive director. From 2002 to February 2009, he was employed at Esprit Holdings, where he was promoted to COO and appointed to the board in 2004, then promoted to president of Esprit North and South America in 2006.
From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an executive vice president at Tommy Hilfiger. From 1998 to 1999, he worked as the president of retail at the J. Peterman Company, a catalog-based apparel and retail company. From 1989 through 1998, he worked in various positions of increasing responsibility at Gap. Griffith is a member of the board of VINCE, Tom Tailor, Samsonite and Parsons, The New School of Design.