James Brett has been named chief executive officer of J.Crew, following his leadership as president of West Elm, in an appointment that will go into effect this July. He’ll also join the company’s board of directors.
“This is an exciting time for J.Crew, as we continue to make significant changes to position our company for long-term success,” says Millard “Mickey” Drexler, who is stepping down as CEO. “As chairman and an owner of the company, it is my responsibility to focus on the future of J.Crew and find the right leadership to execute on our strategic plans.”
Brett had been with West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio, since 2010, managing all aspects of the brand and growing it to become a $1 billion company. Before his role there, he was chief merchandising officer for the Urban Outfitters Division of Urban Outfitters Inc. He has also earned experience at retailers including Anthropologie, the JCPenney Company and the May Department Stores Company.
“Jim has a proven track record of pushing for innovation and growing omni-channel brands,” says Drexler. “I look forward to moving into my new role and assist Jim and the team in every way possible to help ensure a smooth and successful transition.”
“I’m honored to work with J.Crew’s talented team of leaders, board of directors and Mickey, who have built an iconic American brand,” says Brett. “J.Crew has tremendous opportunity to play a more meaningful role in our lives, and I look forward to leading it through its next phase of growth.”