Jos. A. Bank gets new brand president

Parent company makes executive team changes as it integrates the Hampstead chain

September 30, 2014|By Lorraine Mirabella | The Baltimore Sun

A former Macy's and I Magnin executive will step in as brand president of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, part of the Hampstead-based Bank's integration into parent company Men's Wearhouse.

Bank's new president, Paul Fitzpatrick, most recently served as president and chief operating officer of ESP Group Ltd., a designer of underwear, sleepwear and lounge wear.

In another executive team change, former Jos. Bank executive Jim Thorne will become executive vice president of direct sourcing, overseeing Men's Wearhouse's overall product development, manufacturing and sourcing, the Houston-based men's apparel chain said Tuesday.

The retailer, which acquired Bank in June for $1.8 billion, recently announced Mary Beth Blake would become brand president for the Men's Wearhouse and Moores divisions. Fitzpatrick and Thorne will report to her.

The new appointments will help "strengthen and solidify the executive talent in merchandising and sourcing as we integrate, manage and grow the company," Men's Wearhouse CEO Doug Ewert said in the announcement. "Paul [Fitzpatrick] has an impressive tenure in men's merchandising, both in retail and wholesale. Through the years, he has built his reputation in the menswear industry for creating dynamic teams and developing leaders."

Fitzpatrick served as president and chief operating officer of ESP Group from 2010 to 2013 and previously as executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men's and children's divisions for Macy's West. He had various positions at Macy's West since 1992 and had worked as a senior vice president at I Magnin in San Francisco.

Ewert said Thorne, Bank's executive vice president of merchandising and chief merchandising officer since 2009 and who was with the chain since 1986, has "played a major role in growing Jos. A. Bank to a $1 billion brand."

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