Dorrit Bern Out at Charming Shoppes

Woman’s apparel manufacturer/marketer Charming Shoppes announced today that Dorrit J. Bern has resigned as president/CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective immediately.

The company’s chairman of the board Alan Rosskamm will serve as CEO on an interim basis. Rosskamm is former chairman/ CEO of Jo-Ann Stores, and has been on Charming Shoppes’ board for 15 years. The board of directors has formed a special committee to start looking immediately for a permanent CEO.

Charming Shoppes also announced that Brian P. Woolf, former chairman/CEO of Cache, has been appointed president of the Lane Bryant brand, effective immediately. Woolf will succeed LuAnn Via, who has resigned for position at another retailer.

The company said in April it is considering selling off its noncore catalogs to focus on its Lane Bryant, Catherines, and Fashion Bug brands. It mailed its first 112-page Lane Bryant catalog USA in October, when it got back the trademark to that title from Redcats USA.

Charming Shoppes had acquired the Crosstown Traders stable of catalogs in 2005. Crosstown’s apparel titles include Old Pueblo Traders, Intimate Appeal, Coward Shoe, Bedford Fair Lifestyles, Willow Ridge, Lew Magram, Brownstone Studio, and Monterey Bay Clothing Co., as well as the Figi’s food and gifts book.

Partner Content

Hincapie Sportswear Finds Omnichannel Success in the Cloud - Netsuite
For more and more companies, a cloud-based unified data solution is the way to make this happen. Custom cycling apparel maker Hincapie Sportswear has leveraged this capability to gain greater visibility into revenue streams, turning opportunities into sales more quickly while gaining overall operating efficiency. Download this ecommerce special report from Multichannel Merchant to more.
The Gift of Wow: Preparing your store for the holiday season - Netsuite
Being prepared for the holiday rush used to mean stocking shelves and making sure your associates were ready for the long hours. But the digital revolution has changed everything, most importantly, customer expectations. Retailers with a physical store presence should be asking themselves—what am I doing to wow the customer?
3 Critical Components to Achieving the Perfect Order - NetSuite
Explore the 3 critical components to delivering the perfect order.
Streamlining Unified Commerce Complexity - NetSuite
Explore how consolidating multiple systems through a cloud-based commerce platform provides a seamless experience for both you, and your customer.