Marty Staff to Leave American Apparel
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
American Apparel, Inc. (NYSE Amex: APP), a vertically integrated
manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic
apparel, announced today that Marty Staff is leaving the company,
Mr. Staff has served as Chief Business Development Officer at American
Apparel since March, and he will remain available to advise the company
during a transition period. As Chief Business Development Officer, Mr.
Staff won significant new online and traditional retail business
opportunities and oversaw the expansion of American Apparel's offerings,
particularly in accessories.
"Marty is one of the most experienced and capable professionals in our
business and his contributions to American Apparel have been very
substantial," said Dov Charney, American Apparel Chief Executive
Officer. "I have benefited greatly from his vision and insight. Marty is
truly a dynamic figure in our industry and I wish him all the best as he
moves to the next chapter of his iconic career."
Mr. Staff said: "I have enjoyed my time at American Apparel and believe
my contributions are part of the reason we are currently seeing growth
in all segments of our business. I believe strongly that this company,
with its unique business model, loyal customer base and commitment to
American manufacturing, is one of the truly innovative companies in our
industry today and is well positioned to succeed going forward. I look
forward to exploring opportunities in fashion and am eager to bring my
expertise and insight to bear on new challenges and opportunities in the
next phase of my career."
In a career of nearly 40 years, Mr. Staff has served in senior
management at leading fashion companies that include Polo Ralph Lauren,
Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and JA Apparel Corp. At each company, Mr. Staff
has further cemented his reputation as one of the fashion industry's
most unique executives and a builder of leading brands.
Before joining American Apparel, Mr. Staff was President and Chief
Executive Officer of JA Apparel Corp., owner of the Joseph Abboud brand.
In March 2004, Mr. Staff led a private equity acquisition of the
company, and as CEO he successfully spearheaded the company's transition
from a traditional maker of men's suits into a global lifestyle brand
with a presence in 55 new countries, including China, and an array of
new products for men, boys, and the home. In addition, Mr. Staff
maintained JA Apparel's strong commitment to American manufacturing,
overseeing automation and Lean Manufacturing processes at the company's
Massachusetts factory that helped keep the facility competitive with
low-cost foreign manufacturers.
Prior to joining JA Apparel, Mr. Staff was President and CEO of Hugo
Boss Fashions, Inc., President and COO Calvin Klein Fashions Inc. and
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Polo Ralph Lauren, among other
positions. Mr. Staff began his professional career in 1973 at
Bloomingdales as an Assistant Buyer.
For American Apparel:
Chris Mumma, 646-805-2805
Source: American Apparel, Inc.
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