Tailored Brands has named three retail veterans to its leadership team: John Tighe to executive vice president and chief customer officer, Karla Gray to executive vice president and chief stores officer, and Tim Cooksey to senior vice president of real estate. Tighe, Gray, and Cooksey each bring decades of retail experience and proven results that will help Tailored Brands continue to execute its strategic plans.
“We’re thrilled to welcome John, Karla, and Tim to the Tailored Brands team—especially at a moment when we’re seeing such positive momentum in our business and are poised for growth,” said Peter Sachse, interim co-CEO of Tailored Brands. “Our continued success depends on our ability to deeply understand our customers’ needs and preferences, so we can show up strong where and how they need us, in all the moments that matter. We’re confident the appointment of these three distinguished leaders will allow us to fulfill this promise, accelerate our strategies and achieve our full potential.”
Bob Hull, interim co-CEO of Tailored Brands, added, “The experience these three leaders bring to the business will further accelerate our success – particularly when combined with their energy, commitment, and strong focus on developing high-performing teams. We’re building a world-class team at Tailored Brands, and I’m extremely excited about the addition of these exceptional leaders to our existing talent.”
Tighe joins Tailored Brands with a strong track record of delivering top- and bottom-line growth as well as extensive brand-building, marketing, e-commerce, and merchandising experience. He most recently served as president of Peerless Clothing, the largest manufacturer of men’s and boys’ tailored clothing in North America, where he led the team to deliver strong results and helped Peerless successfully navigate recent tough times. Prior to Peerless, Tighe’s extensive merchandising and marketing experience led to his appointment to various leadership positions at JCPenney, most recently as executive vice president and chief merchant. Tighe began his career at May Department Stores Company.
“I’ve long admired Tailored Brands and am delighted to come aboard at such an important moment in the company’s history,” Tighe tells MR. “I believe this team has successfully weathered the worst of the pandemic and has come out stronger. We have four powerful brands that are beloved by their customers. I take seriously my responsibility to build upon that legacy—and the significant progress that’s already been made—to bring our customers the merchandise assortments, innovative in-store and online experiences, and enhanced omnichannel options they want and deserve.”
With three decades of retail experience, Gray has a track record of leading and transforming direct-to-consumer businesses. In her 16 years at Nike, she had the opportunity to work around the globe, leading large teams through periods of exponential growth. Prior to Nike, Gray spent 14 years at Gap Inc., where she started her career in stores and developed her passion for the consumer and employee experience. “Delivering a differentiated experience for omnichannel consumers and the teams who serve them has long been my passion – and I believe it is a passion shared by this entire Tailored Brands team,” she stated. “I’ve been amazed by the energy of everyone I’ve met and am confident we will achieve our goals.”
Cooksey, who will manage the real estate portfolio and oversee store development, maintenance, and facilities, has more than three decades of experience in real estate, lease administration, facility, and construction management. He comes to Tailored Brands following 15 years at Lowe’s, prior to which he spent 19 years at US Airways in facility management and real estate. “Tailored Brands has already done significant work to strengthen its real estate portfolio and develop a strong Store Development, Maintenance & Facilities team,” Cooksey added. “My goal is to strengthen relationships with our landlords and work collaboratively on ways to create mutual value through Tailored Brands lease strategy.”