Rebecca Taylor, the 75 million dollar contemporary sportswear division of Kellwood Co., has named Janice Sullivan president. Cofounder of the namesake label Rebecca Taylor will continue to serve as Creative Director of the brand. Sullivan, who began in her new role on Monday, August 3, takes over the duties of former CEO and cofounder Beth Bugdaycay, who left the company after 18 years to start her own boutique called Foundrae.

In her new role, Sullivan will be responsible for day-to-day business and helping Taylor develop a strategy for expanding in the U.S. market and internationally. Prior to her new role at Rebecca Taylor, Sullivan was president of Edun Americas, a post she held for six years beginning in 2009. She has also served as president of Calvin Klein Jeans, and before that had roles at Liz Claiborne Inc., including president of DKNY Jeans and Active.

“I look forward to a great partnership with her and being able to leverage her substantial industry experience and business acumen toward growing our brand,” Taylor said to WWD. “What’s been amazing is to join the brand when it’s been on an amazing high,” Sullivan said. Rebecca Taylor has seen double digit growth in both wholesale and their own brick-and-mortar stores, in addition to triple digit increases in e-commerce.

 

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