James Brett, an experienced executive who has been the CEO of J. Crew Group since summer 2017, is leaving the retail clothing company.
The decision for Brett to leave was mutual and pointed to the fact that the parties were “unable to bridge (their) beliefs on how to continue to evolve all aspects of the company.”
The Departure comes in the wake of a brand relaunch which has already proven to show some improvement in the company’s bottom line.
Representatives of J.Crew said four senior internal executives will take over Brett’s responsibilities, including Michael Nicholson, the company’s current president and chief operating officer.
Brett replaced Mickey Drexler in 2017 when he left the company after a long tenure there. Previous to his stint at J.Crew Brett was the head of the furniture chain West Elm.
In a statement the company declared that Brett had boosted the energy level at J.Crew and “enhanced (their) ability to relate to a broad range of consumers.”
In the statement that Brett released he said, “Returning J.Crew to its iconic status required reinventing the brand to reflect the America of today with a more expansive, more inclusive fashion concept.”