Fashion Consumer Products Insights in the Media

Members of the E.A. Hughes team are citizens of the fashion consumer products and other industry sectors we serve. And, with more than 50% of our searches at the CEO/COO/President level, we have a unique understanding of the people who make up the industry’s senior management teams. As such, not only do top retail sector companies reach out to us as business partners, industry and business media regularly seek us out for candid comment and insight on the changes and challenges facing the global marketplace.

E.A. Hughes & Co. Places Chief Digital Officer at Citizen Watch America

hunt scanlonApril 14, 2017 – Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. has placed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as chief digital officer (CDO) of Citizen Watch America. Recruiting partner Ann MacCarthy led the assignment.

In this new role, Ms. Garces will lead the development and implementation of the company’s digital strategy across all Citizen Watch brands, including Citizen, Bulova, Caravelle, Frederique Constant, and Alpina. Her experience in the wholesale and retail channels of distribution and consultative approach to influencing across multiple brands made her the ideal fit for this position, said two recruiters unaffiliated with the search.

The appointment supports the coming launch of Citizen’s ERP and Product Information System that will bring the Citizen brand portfolio to the forefront of business technology and help the company streamline its back office operations and efficiency. Founded in 1930, Citizen is today recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced technology — from designing the world’s slimmest LCD watch to offering the first voice recognition watch to creating the first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor — the company has reaffirmed its position as a worldwide leader in timekeeping technology.

Ms. Garces previously served as vice president of wholesale digital and e-commerce at Ralph Lauren. She joined the company in 2009 as senior director of wholesale online marketing & strategy. Ms. Garces also held e-commerce and online marketing roles at Godiva and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Change in Fashion’s C-suite

Excerpt from – March 20, 2017
Article by Evan Clark (paid subscription required)

“The problems plaguing the industry have more to do with the historic structural sustainability of these organizations than the single individual at the helm, particularly if at the helm there’s been a succession of changes over a short period of time,” said Elaine Hughes, founder and ceo of E.A. Hughes & Co.

“The revolving c-suite [stems] from a lack of conscientious succession planning which should be a disciplined exercise in every company and something the board of directors should demand,” Hughes said.
The corner office departures at Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Lands’ End, Stein Mart and Tiffany’s can’t be linked to any one common cause, she said.

“The individuals chosen for these roles who now have been released probably displayed the drive, resilience and thought leadership these boards sought,” Hughes said. “What was lacking was a combination of historic success in a similar model coupled with an inability to sustain as well as improve these businesses in a time of unprecedented change and acceleration.

“As long as the industry retains a myopic view on leadership and organizational development as well as refuses to see that the world is a flat canvas for talent that can be integrated from other industries particularly on the technology side, we will remain not only an industry which will be late to change but may erode because of it,” she said.
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E.A. Hughes Executive Search Affiliates With IRC

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Excerpt from – August 16, 2016

Elaine Hughes, founder, president and chief executive officer of the company bearing her name. “They want firms that are owner-driven,” she added.

E.A. Hughes Executive Search Affiliates With IRC

Article by David Moin    (paid subscription required)

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Rocky start for Coach comeback

Excerpt from Crain’s New York Business – November 10,  2014

“Coach did a phenomenal job at marketing their brand at their price point, and they were the only game in town,” said Elaine Hughes, who runs retail-executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. “Now someone’s come in and it’s competition.”


Rocky start for Coach comeback
Article by Adrianne Pasquarelli

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Art Peck to Succeed Glenn Murphy at Gap

Excerpt from – October 8, 2014

Elaine Hughes, president of executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co., noted that “Glenn was not a conventional choice for the ceo role and came under fire from Wall Street for not showing results fast enough. However, his strategic approach to reviving the business’ profitability proved Wall Street wrong.”

Hughes said Peck’s recent roles at Gap have “provided him with the experience to navigate through the complexity of the hyperglobal environment of tech-induced consumerism. Product is important, but the environment and mechanism to satisfy the customer are critical. Art gets that.”


Art Peck to Succeed Glenn Murphy at Gap (paid subscription to required)
Article by David Moin