NEW YORK — Mindy Meads, chief executive officer of Lands’ End, the $1.6 billion company, has resigned.
Meads, 53, worked for 11 years at Lands’ End before it was acquired by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in June 2002. She then took on additional responsibilities as Sears’ executive vice president of softlines, while also serving as executive vice president of merchandising and design at Lands’ End. She was named Lands’ End ceo in February 2004.
A spokeswoman for Sears Holdings Corp., the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based parent company of Lands’ End, said she could not comment on reasons behind Meads’ departure, but said David McCreight, executive vice president for merchandising, was named interim president of Lands’ End until a permanent ceo is found.
“We are taking all the time necessary to find the best possible candidate,” the spokeswoman said. “We are considering both internal and external candidates, and David is certainly being considered for the job.”
McCreight, 42, joined Lands’ End in December 2003. Earlier, he held the senior vice president, general merchandise manager position at Disney Stores Worldwide, and prior to that he was president of Smith & Hawken.