Karen Murray has been named chief executive officer of Sequential Brands Group Inc. She will also join the board of directors. Murray succeeds Yehuda Shmidman, who is stepping down from his post and as a member of the board of directors.
Most recently, Murray was president of VF Sportswear, where she oversaw the $1.2 billion global brand Nautica, as well as Kipling. She joined VF Sportswear in 2007 as president of its Nautica Men’s Sportswear and Nautica Jeans Co. businesses and the following year was named president of VF Sportswear. She started her career at Gant, where she worked nine years before moving to Liz Claiborne Inc., where she held numerous roles including president from 1998 to 2007.
William Sweedler, Sequential’s chairman, said, “Karen Murray has outstanding leadership skills and industry experience and she has demonstrated her ability to activate and grow successful brands. We are excited to have an executive of Karen’s caliber join and lead our team at Sequential to grow with us.”
Murray said she was excited to join Sequential Brands Group, “a company with powerful brands, world-class licensing and retail partners, and a talented team.”
Sequential’s brands include Joe’s, Ellen Tracy, Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, And 1, Revo, Avia, Gaiam, William Rast and Caribbean Joe.