NEW YORK — Susan Rieland, president of casual design at Jones Apparel Group, has been promoted to chief merchandising officer of bridge and lifestyle sportswear brands.
She succeeds Mark Mendelson, who is becoming a consultant for the $4.74 billion vendor.
Rieland has headed the Jones New York Signature Collection and Jones New York Sport Collection, and recently took over the creative direction for the AK Anne Klein relaunch. Effective immediately, Rieland will add Mendelson's responsibilities for Anne Klein New York bridge apparel. The company is searching for an executive to take on the Jones New York Collection. Nine West will be handled by its existing team.
"The decision was easy: Susie has been doing all of this, and giving her additional responsibilities is a recognition of her talents and responsibilities," said Peter Boneparth, president and chief executive officer. "It's less about Mark's old job, and more about recognizing what Susie has been doing all along."
Rieland joined Jones as vice president of sales for Jones & Co. in 1995, and assumed her most recent post this year. The company described her as the "architect and creative vision of the merchandising and design of the Jones New York Signature Collection from its inception" and credited her with "the current success of the Jones New York Sport Collection."
Like Rieland, before becoming chief merchandising officer for Jones, Mendelson was a group president, handling the vendor's better sportswear brands, including Nine West, Jones New York and Anne Klein. Before joining Jones, he served as president of Elie Tahari.
Based in New York, Rieland will continue to report to Lynne Cote, ceo of wholesale for sportswear, suits and dresses.
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