The J. Crew executive who survived a round of layoffs and celebrated his good fortune on social media has been fired, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Alejandro Rhett, vice president of men’s merchandising, seemed to make light of the firings, which eliminated 175 positions at the company. Rhett and other employees apparently partied at a bar near J. Crew’s downtown headquarters after the layoffs.
He posted photos to Instagram with hashtags that made reference to “The Hunger Games” films where teens are forced to fight to the death. The photos were reportedly taken after Rhett delivered bad news to several members of his own team.
J. Crew on Friday reiterated an early statement, saying it “does not condone this behavior in any way. Individuals’ actions do not represent the culture of our company — this is not who we are. The tough decisions we made last week were not something we took lightly,” a reference to the layoffs and a major reorganization, which were triggered by difficulties at the J. Crew brand and recent disappointing financial results. “We do our best to make decisions with care and compassion for all of our associates. Our values at J.Crew are and have always been about respect, support and consideration for others.”
A J. Crew spokeswoman on Friday declined to comment on Rhett’s status. The status of other staffers who were involved with Rhett could not be learned.