Sears Taps Head of Jewelry

Retailer recruits former Ann Taylor executive.

Sears Holdings Corp. named former Ann Taylor executive Michelle Pearlman as senior vice president and president of its jewelry business.

“Michelle brings a wealth of expertise in managing profitable online and traditional retail businesses and driving operational turnarounds,” said Bruce Johnson, interim chief executive officer and president of Sears Holdings, corporate parent to both Sears and Kmart.

Pearlman was most recently an executive vice president at AnnTaylor Stores Corp., where she was responsible for e-commerce merchandising, marketing, technology and operations. Before joining the specialty retailer in 2004, she was an associate principal at McKinsey & Co., where she worked on turnaround and growth strategies for the consultant’s retail clients.

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