David's Bridal Names New CEO
David's Bridal, Inc., the leading specialty retailer of bridal gown and wedding-related apparel and accessories in the United States, announced the appointment of Pamela B. Wallack as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 28, 2013.
Ms. Wallack was selected to lead the company based on her proven abilities to grow and improve well-known consumer brands by building compelling product assortments and customer experiences. Ms. Wallack's leadership skills will help drive the strategic initiatives underway at the company, including expanding the store base, bolstering the eCommerce platform, enhancing customer experience and adding to the portfolio of high-fashion brands.
"David's Bridal is at an important inflection point," said Paul S. Pressler, Chairman of David's Bridal and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Partner. "As the largest player in the bridal gown market and the only national footprint in the industry, we have a strong foundation from which we can continue to provide customers with the wedding dresses and related bridal party apparel and accessories that they most value."
"Pam, whom I know from my days at the Gap and before that at Disney, brings extraordinary strategic, branding and merchandizing capabilities that will complement our talented leadership team as we work to increase our sophistication and effectiveness in serving our customers at a critical juncture in their lives. We are very excited to welcome Pam to David's Bridal."
Ms. Wallack joins David's Bridal from Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS), where she has held senior positions since 2005. In 2011, she was tapped to establish and lead the Gap Global Creative Center, responsible for global design, marketing and production and accountable for $6 billion in annual sales. Additionally, Ms. Wallack was the President of Gap Adult, Body and Accessories from 2010 to 2011 and the President of Gap Kids and Baby from 2005 to 2010.
"David's Bridal is a dynamic company with impressive accomplishments and attractive long-term potential," said Ms. Wallack. "I am drawn to both the historic strength and legacy of the brand combined with its unique position within specialty retail for innovation and growth."
Prior to Gap, Inc., Ms. Wallack spent seven years at Toys"R"Us, Inc. where she was responsible for product development, production and merchandising for the Babies"R"Us/ Toys"R"Us Juvenile and Apparel line. Ms. Wallack has also spent time at other retail brands including Coach, Inc., The Disney Store and Laura Ashley. Ms. Wallack received her BS in Education from the University of Vermont.
About David's Bridal
With more than 60 years of experience dressing women of all ages for life's special occasions, David's Bridal understands the importance of providing brides-to-be with a vast selection of exquisitely crafted bridal gowns and bridal party dresses. Known for outstanding value, fashionable designs and the ease of one-stop shopping, David's Bridal serves its customers through over 300 stores located across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Working with a knowledgeable bridal consultant, a customer can enjoy trying on a wide selection of gowns and dresses in her size with the added convenience that most styles are available to take home the same day. A fund-managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a Private investment firm, acquired David's Bridal in October of 2012. To learn more about David's Bridal, visit www.davidsbridal.com.
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