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Women at Work: Fashion’s Glass Ceiling Prevails

Excerpt from WWD.com – October 29, 2012

Elaine Hughes, president of executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co., said women are making headway in the industry, with many running divisions of large firms.

“Most publicly traded companies have been making a concerted effort to recruit for diversity,” Hughes said. “Companies ask for documentation that the research has included a diverse candidate pool.”

And the world has become more open to the idea of female leaders, like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The globalization of media and access to limitless information has allowed young people to understand that there are choices,” Hughes said.

 

Women at Work: Fashion’s Glass Ceiling Prevails
Article by Evan Clark

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Industry Speaks: How to Kick-start the Job Market

Excerpt from WWD.com – August 13, 2012

Elaine Hughes, president of E.A. Hughes & Co.: “The key issue is that government has to invest in training and development of mature employees, meaning those that have to change skill sets from those related to a standard brick-and-mortar model to an e-commerce direct-to-consumer model. That training would help a lot executives transition. You can’t keep running after people working for Apple or Google. Why not retrain your own and let them evolve into the environment? Government could certainly support programs at schools such as Parsons or FIT.

“IT [information technology] is like bathwater. You fill up the tub with information and then it goes down the drain. It needs to get filled up again, because it’s changing. If you are laid off and your expertise is in technology, you have to be consistently retrained in new technology or else no one wants to hire you again. There are plenty of people out there with great IT skills but don’t get new training because they were laid off.”

 

Industry Speaks: How to Kick-start the Job Market (paid WWD.com subscription required)

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Fashion’s Talent Race: Executive Pay Soars

Excerpt from WWD.com – July 30, 2012

At the end of the day, compensation should always be tied to performance,” said Elaine Hughes, president of search firm E.A. Hughes & Co.

 

Fashion’s Talent Race: Executive Pay Soars (paid WWD subscription required)
Article by Evan Clark

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The New CEO: What It Takes in Today’s World

Excerpt from WWD.com – July 23, 2012

Elaine Hughes, president of E.A. Hughes & Co., said companies are required to do their quarterly due diligence on succession planning, but very few companies actually do it. VF Corp. is diligent about it and seldom recruits from the outside. Hughes said the ceo succession from Mackey McDonald to Eric Wiseman was seamless. At Jones Group Inc., president Richard Dickson was hired from the outside, as was William McComb at Liz Claiborne Inc. (now Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc.)

 

The New CEO: What It Takes in Today’s World (paid WWD.com subscription required)
Article by Lisa Lockwood

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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