Andrew McLean, president, international, of American Eagle Outfitters, will join Lands’ End as CEO-designate and as a member of the board of directors on 1 November 2022. McLean will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Jerome Griffith at the conclusion of the company’s 2022 fiscal year ending 27 January 2023.
Griffith said: “The past five years have been professionally and personally rewarding for me as I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning from our exceptionally talented team as we ushered in a new era of growth and success for Lands’ End. I am confident that our digitally driven business model and highly loyal customer base has positioned Lands’ End well for long-term growth and success. I look forward to working closely with Andrew to ensure a smooth transition and continuing to support the company’s mission and strategic direction serving as executive vice chair and on the board.”
Josephine Linden, chair of the board of directors, said: “Andrew McLean is an accomplished retail executive with a strong track record of driving significant growth, productivity and expansion across multiple channels and geographies. He has an acute understanding of the evolving retail landscape, having successfully scaled several iconic retail brands that, like Lands’ End, have strong connections with their customers. We are confident he is the right person to lead Lands’ End in its next chapter of growth and are thrilled he is joining our company.”
McLean added: “I have closely followed Lands’ End throughout my career and have long admired the company’s strong heritage, brand values and universal recognition as a leading classic American lifestyle brand. Jerome and his team have built a strong foundation, and I am excited to work closely with management and the board to help Lands’ End leverage its many opportunities and drive strong, sustainable financial performance.”
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