This is for linking to press mentions of E.A. Hughes or quotes by Elaine or other staff members.

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Jones Struggles to Find Fit

Excerpt from CrainsNewYork.com – January 15, 2012

“She has been current, if not visionary, on product, has tremendous customer insight and knows how to respond immediately as that customer evolves,” said Elaine Hughes, who runs retail executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co.

 

Jones Struggles to Find Fit
Article by Adrianne Pasquarelli

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Trudy Sullivan to Retire as Talbots CEO

Excerpt from WWD.com – August 13, 2013

“There’s no doubting that she’s very smart,” said Elaine Hughes, president of executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co., … “But with some of these stores that have a long brand heritage, like Talbots does, it’s very difficult to try to contemporize that product.”

“There’s a reason for Talbots because you have an underserved customer,” she said. “That customer isn’t shopping J. Crew. She’s a middle-age woman who’s not refusing to grow old, but wants to be current and contemporary in her thought process.”

 

Trudy Sullivan to Retire as Talbots CEO (paid WWD.com subscription required)
Article by Vicki M. Young and Lisa Lockwood

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Talbots Looking For New President

Excerpt from online.WSJ.com – November 30, 2011

“To distinguish itself in the market,” said Elaine Hughes, owner of E.A. Hughes & Co., a retail-industry search firm in New York … “Talbots needs to resonate with the consumer as a brand.”

 

Talbots Looking For New President (paid online.WSJ.com subscription required)
Article by Joann S. Lublin

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Barneys snags a stylish new CEO

Excerpt from CrainsNewYork.com – August 23, 2010

“He has a lot of depth of experience in the luxury sector to understand ultimately what that customer is looking for,” said Elaine Hughes, who runs retail executive search firm E.A. Hughes. “For Barneys, now there is public leadership rather than a management by committee, and that’s always positive.”

 

Barneys snags a stylish new CEO
Article by Adrianne Pasquarelli

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Class of 2010: Glimmer of Hope

Excerpt from WWD.com – May 18, 2010

“It continues to be a challenge,” said Elaine Hughes, chief executive officer of E.A. Hughes Associates, an executive search firm. “One of the things that can give anybody a leg up, regardless of the school, is if they have had internships. If they haven’t worked in a retail situation, they’re more behind the eight ball.”

 

Class of 2010: Glimmer of Hope
Article by Lisa Lockwood

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Retail Execs See Pay Fall in ’08

Excerpt from WWD.com – July 23, 2009

company boards “won’t severely cut ceo’s salaries,” said Elaine Hughes.

 

Retail Execs See Pay Fall in ’08 (paid WWD.com subscription required)
Article by Alexandra Steigrad with contributions from Cecily Hall

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CEOs Turn to Boards in Tough Times

Excerpt from WWD.com – February 23, 2009

“Some of the boards that are most effective in guiding the CEO are boards that have former industry executives,” said Elaine Hughes, president of search firm E.A. Hughes & Co., noting that boards also should have directors who could step into the CEO role should the need arise.

 

CEOs Turn to Boards in Tough Times
Article by Evan Clark

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Layoffs Loom on Seventh Avenue

Excerpt from WWD.com – December 3, 2008

“In tough times, cutbacks are not always the wise move. In a store chain if there is a cutback on floor personnel, it affects the customer service, which will be remembered by the customers when business resumes at a healthier pace.”

 

Layoffs Loom on Seventh Avenue (paid WWD.com subscription required)
Article by Whitney Beckett

Claiborne, Designer Part

Excerpt from online.WSJ.com – October 9, 2008

“Mr. Rodriguez’s brand, known for sleek, body-hugging dresses that sell for $2,000 and up, “didn’t fit into the Liz Claiborne model,” said Elaine Hughes, chief executive of E.A. Hughes & Co., an executive-search firm. “It was a square peg in a round hole.”

 

Claiborne, Designer Part
Article by Rachel Dodes

Aeropostale Gets Grounded

Excerpt from CrainsNewYork.com – September 19, 2008

Elaine Hughes, co-president of retail consultancy Grayson/Hughes, cited the company’s resilient denim business and consistent promotions. “The past couple months, they’ve been hitting the numbers,” said Ms. Hughes. “There’s going to be a sales deceleration across the board, but no more here than elsewhere.”

 

Aeropostale Gets Grounded
Article by Adrianne Pasquarelli