BERLIN — Escada has named Iris Epple-Righi its new chief executive officer, ending a nine-month search. She succeeds Glenn McMahon, who stepped down for personal reasons last July after a six-month tenure.
Epple-Righi is to take up the post on Sept. 1. Interim ceo Jörg Wahlers is to return to his role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer.
Epple-Righi has worked for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger for the past 13 years, most recently serving as president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe. Prior to that, she oversaw product for Tommy Hilfiger and before that, the brand’s retail business. The 50-year-old began her career at the Stuttgart-based department store Breuninger, where she held a number of positions over 14 years.
Escada chairman Megha Mittal lauded Epple-Righi as “an internationally experienced executive with very deep knowledge of the fashion industry including product development, retail strategy, online development and sales growth.”
Epple Righi noted that as “a German national, it is a great opportunity to lead one of Germany’s most iconic fashion brands that has established a truly global presence, customer base and recognition.”