Robert Hanson has imported talent from San Francisco to fill American Eagle Outfitters Inc.’s top financial spot.
Mary Boland will join AEO July 9 as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer. Boland, who has been senior vice president of finance for the global Levi’s brand at San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co., will succeed Joan Hilson, whose departure as cfo was revealed two weeks ago.
Hanson joined AEO as ceo on Jan. 30 following more than two decades with Levi’s, most recently as global president of the Levi’s brand.
Boland will be responsible for finance, investor relations, merchandise planning and allocation, strategy planning and other administrative functions. She will report to Hanson.
Prior to joining Levi’s in 2006, Boland was with General Motors Corp., where she rose to cfo of North America during a more than 20-year tenure.
“Mary brings 30 years of broad-based financial and operating experience, with a proven track record in the global apparel industry,” Hanson said. “Mary is an influential, disciplined financial leader, with a strong ROI focus. I’m confident she will have a positive impact at AEO as we look to strengthen our financial results and achieve consistent, long-term profitable growth.”
AEO disclosed Hilson’s departure at the same time it said it had decided to shutter its struggling 77kids children’s retail concept.