Outside Talbots' Madison Avenue townhouse.

Express Inc.’s longtime chief executive officer Michael Weiss joined the Talbots board on Sept. 1.

Talbots’ ceo Lizanne Kindler praised Weiss “as one of the retail industry’s most visionary, charismatic and inspiring leaders.”

Weiss said, “The retail industry is very much about brands and Talbots is one of America’s most iconic retail fashion brands with a long history of delivery on its stated mission to provide women with modern classic apparel.”

Prior to joining Limited Brands in 1981, Weiss worked with Apparel Industries, Casual Corner and Abraham & Strauss. When he joined Limited, he was merchandise manager for an eight-store experimental division that later became Express. He served as president of Express from 1982 to 1993, then left to become vice chairman of Limited Brands in 1993. He returned to Express as president and ceo in 1997, retired from the division in 2004 and returned to Express in 2007 following its sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital. He was chairman and ceo until 2015, when he retired from Express.

Stefan Kaluzny, who was at Golden Gate before starting his own firm Sycamore Partners in 2011, said, “I have known Michael as a friend and colleague for many years. He deservedly has earned an outstanding reputation in the retail industry and I have no doubt that by sharing his wisdom, expertise and warmth with his new colleagues and fellow board members, Michael will make a meaningful contribution to Talbots’ ongoing growth and success.”

Kaluzny’s Sycamore Partners acquired Talbots Inc. in 2012 for $369 million.