May 7, 2012, 10:30 AM

Apparel company Kellwood names a former Kenneth Cole exec as CEO

Jill Granoff was CEO of the fashion apparel retailer until last year.

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Jill Granoff

Apparel manufacturer and e-commerce operator Kellwood Co. has hired Jill Granoff as CEO. Most recently she was CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., No. 457 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

Granoff will oversee such brands as Vince, Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, Zobha, Lamb & Flag, Baby Phat and Phat Farm. Kellwood operates the e-retail sites for some of the brands, including Vince and Rebecca Taylor. “We have a great platform to accelerate growth and profitability,” she says. “I look forward to working with our talented team to deliver compelling product, merchandising and customer experiences that enable us to unlock our true potential."

Granoff resigned just more than a year ago from Kenneth Cole, where she had been CEO since May 2008. Neither she nor the apparel retailer gave a reason for the departure. Her previous jobs included executive vice president at Liz Claiborne Inc., from 2006 to 2008, and president and chief operator officer at Victoria’s Secret Beauty, from 1999 to 2006.

Last year, Kellwood CEO Michael W. Kramer joined J.C. Penney Co. Inc. as chief operating officer.  J.C. Penney is No. 20 in the Top 500 Guide.

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