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Guess Taps Hillary Super as Chief Merchant

Appointment follows Nancy Shachtman's departure as president of North America.

Paul Marciano

Guess Inc. has enlisted Hillary Super as its chief merchant as it begins to restock its executive ranks.

This story first appeared in the April 12, 2013 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Super has joined Guess as senior vice president and general merchandise manager and will report to Paul Marciano, cofounder and chief executive officer of the company.

The post was one of two Guess said it would fill when it reported fourth-quarter and full-year results on March 20. It’s also hired an executive to oversee merchandising of its North American retail operations but has yet to divulge that individual’s identity.

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Super comes to Guess following six years in senior merchandising roles, including vice president and gmm of accessories, footwear and fragrance at American Eagle Outfitters Inc. Earlier she spent four years in a variety of merchandising management roles at the Gap and Old Navy units of Gap Inc.

“Her relentless focus on brand integrity, execution and on the customers has allowed her to grow great businesses and her accomplishments as a leader are exemplary,” Marciano said.

The appointments follow the departure of Nancy Shachtman, the longtime Guess executive who’d most recently served as president of North America, as the company has dealt with declining profits overall and challenging sales results within its worldwide retail network.

Marciano also indicated last month that the Los Angeles-based jeanswear company, contrary to its original plan, would seek a successor to Michael Prince as chief operating officer. Prince resigned in November.

Last year, Guess’s profits fell by a third to $178.7 million as revenue dropped 1.1 percent to $2.66 billion.