• KIRK JOINS EXEC SEARCH FIRM: Adelle Kirk has joined Kirk Palmer & Associates Inc., an executive search firm specializing in retail and apparel, as vice president. Kirk was most recently president of her own consulting firm, and from 2003 to 2006 was vice president of group strategic planning at Liz Claiborne Inc., where she helped identify portfolio opportunities and develop growth strategies for brands such as Juicy Couture and Lucky Brand. Earlier, she was vice president of business development and strategic planning for Wenger North America, a marketer of Swiss Army knives, and before that she spent eight years at Kurt Salmon Associates, ending as principal in the strategic services practice. “We are very pleased to have Adelle join KPA,” said Kirk Palmer, chief executive officer. “She brings strong operating experience, well-honed strategy skills and a deep knowledge of the industry we serve. Her consultative and action-oriented approach is a great fit with our current team.”

This story first appeared in the December 30, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.