Lands' End names AEO executive new CEO
American lifestyle brand Lands' End Inc. announced on Monday the appointment of Andrew McLean to the role of chief executive officer, effective January 27, 2023.
The Dodgeville, Wisconsin-based company said McLean will join Lands’ End as CEO-designate and as a member of the board of Directors on November 1, before assuming the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Jerome Griffith early next year.
A senior retail executive veteran, McLean joins Lands' End from American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) where he served as president, international at AEO, a role he took up this year, after joining the youth retailer in 2016. Prior to this role, he served as AEO's EVP, chief commercial officer. He began his career as a strategy consultant with AT Kearney and later held senior positions at several successful retailers including Gap, Liz Claiborne and Urban Outfitters.
“Andrew McLean is an accomplished retail executive with a strong track record of driving significant growth, productivity and expansion across multiple channels and geographies," said Josephine Linden, chair of the Lands’ End board of directors.
"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 has also been an active supporter of the NY Fashion Tech Lab, an organization committed to supporting retail innovation among female entrepreneurs. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Manchester, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“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," added McLean.
"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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