Sears veteran named President at Ascena
The Ascena Retail Group has appointed two new presidents for its premium fashion segment.
Former Sears executive Andrew Clarke has been named President of the LOFT brand, while Julie Rosen has been named President of the Ann Taylor and Lou & Grey brands.
“Julie and Andrew are strong leaders, who are committed to both their customer and teams, and I am confident that they will serve these amazing brands well,” said Gary Muto, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena Brands. “I’m pleased that we were able to draw from the deep talent bench within ascena to fill these critical customer-facing roles, and look forward to working with Julie, Andrew, and the rest of the ascena Brands leadership team to drive sustainable product-led growth.”
Clarke has held the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer at Ascena’s Justice brand, since 2017. Clarke was previously President of Kmart Apparel for Sears Holdings Corporation.
Rosen held the role of Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager at Ascena’s Ann Taylor brand, since 2016. In early 2018, her role was expanded to include the Lou & Grey brand. Rosen started her career at GAP Inc. at Banana Republic and was named Vice President of Women’s Merchandising in 2000 and Senior Vice President in 2001. In 2007, Rosen founded Julie B. Rosen Consulting working with several retailers including Nike, Theory, and Chrome Hearts. She rejoined GAP Inc. as Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Banana Republic in 2009.