by Stephen Garner

swimsDifferential Brands Group, which owns such brands as Hudson, Swims and Robert Graham, has announced that Bob Ross has been appointed chief financial officer, effective January 30, replacing Hamish Sandhu. In this role, he will report to Michael Buckley, the company’s chief executive officer.

Ross brings more than 20 years of finance and operations experience to this role and is highly proficient across multi-channel specialty apparel and housewares brands. For more than 12 years, he held various financial and operational executive roles at Urban Outfitters. During this tenure, he helped to guide the company through the most successful period in their 46-year history, building strong global teams and infrastructure and supporting their market capitalization growth from $100 million to almost $7 billion. More recently, Ross served as chief financial officer of Nasty Gal, Inc. Prior to that, he held the chief financial officer position at Ideeli Inc.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bob to Differential Brands Group, and believe that he will be a valuable part of our team as we prepare for the significant growth opportunities ahead of us,” said Buckley. “Bob has vast global experience and an excellent track record growing lifestyle brands and retail concepts through multiple channels, including retail, e-commerce, wholesale distribution, and licensing partners in both domestic and international markets. We are excited to leverage his expertise as we continue to grow the business and we are confident that he will play an integral role in the long-term development of Differential Brands Group.”

“I am excited to be joining the Differential Brands team,” added Ross. “I believe that the company’s premium brands and core initiatives position it well to achieve long-term, profitable growth. I look forward to working with the entire team to build on the strong progress that has been made to date and continue growing the company.”