US clothing manufacturer Kellwood Co., owned by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., has appointed Jill Granoff as chief executive officer of Kellwood.
Granoff, 50, begins today and succeeds Michael Kramer. Former CEO Michael Kramer was appointed president and CEO in July 2008, following the departure of Robert Skinner and assumed the role of chief operating officer in December.
Granoff will be responsible for the overall growth and direction of Kellwood’s brand portfolio, including Vince, Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, BLK DNM, Zobha, Lamb & Flag and Baby Phat. Kellwood said Granoff’s broad experience across brands, channels, product categories and geographies will be a “valuable asset” for the company.
Granoff reports to Christopher T. Metz, managing director, Sun Capital Partners, which purchased Kellwood for $762 million in February 2008. Metz said: “Jill’s experience and leadership will add significant value as Kellwood expands its presence in the industry and further grows its brands worldwide.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to partner with Kellwood and Sun Capital to optimize the brand portfolio and enhance overall business performance,” said Granoff. “We have a great platform to accelerate growth and profitability. I look forward to working with our talented team to deliver compelling product, merchandising and customer experiences that enable us to unlock our true potential.”
Granoff most recently served as CEO of apparel firm Kenneth Cole Productions. Prior to this, she worked held senior roles at Liz Claiborne and Victoria’s Secret Beauty.