By  on February 6, 2008

Quick: When was the last time a top retail or apparel executive was recruited to run a major company outside the industry?

Stumped? Perhaps it's a sign of what many observers believe could be the industry's growing crisis: a dearth of executive talent. According to headhunters, educators and almost any industry veteran, successful recruitment and well-rounded training programs are key to the success of an industry, and tell-tale signs that retail and apparel are missing them include an increasing number of high-level outside hires, not to mention disappointing comps and earnings.

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