John D. Goodman Leaves Sears

Retailer's executive vice president of apparel and home has left the company.

In yet another big change at Sears Holdings Corp., John D. Goodman, executive vice president of apparel and home, has left the company.

This story first appeared in the January 12, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Goodman joined Sears Holdings in November 2009 and had been leading efforts to clean up and focus the merchandising at the Sears and Kmart divisions and redirect the appeal to younger, trendier customers with junior and contemporary styles.

On Jan. 3, Ron Boire, the former Brookstone president and chief executive officer, was named executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart formats. Two days later, Goodman, a 22-year veteran of retailing, was out. On Wednesday, the company confirmed Goodman’s departure.

In addition, the apparel team at Sears Holdings includes Lana Cain Krauter, president of Sears apparel and senior vp of Sears Holdings, and Tara Poseley, president Kmart Apparel and senior vp Sears Holdings. There are also two chief marketing officers: Sheila Field at Sears Apparel, and Robin Creen at Kmart Apparel.

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Under Goodman’s watch, Sears launched the Kardashian Kollection last September, which is said to be selling well, though Sears sales overall have not been good. After a weak holiday season, Sears said it would close up to 120 stores and take steep charges in the fourth quarter. Other recent proprietary lines launched during his tenure are UK Style by French Connection, for Sears, as well as the Sofia by Sofia Vergara and Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez collections at Kmart.

Prior to Sears Holdings, Goodman was chief executive officer at Charlotte Russe. Before that, he was chief apparel and home officer for Kmart. He started his career in the Bloomingdale’s executive training program.