by Stephen Garner
Tim Baxter (Photo by Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund)

Express has hired Timothy Baxter as its new chief executive officer, effective June 17. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join Express’ board of directors.

Baxter will succeed Matthew Moellering, who has served as interim president and interim CEO since January 2019. Moellering will remain with Express as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Baxter was most recently chief executive officer of Delta Galil Premium Brands, where he was responsible for its 7 For All Mankind and Splendid since May 2018.

Prior to that, he spent 26 years with Macy’s, Inc. and the former May Department Stores in various roles. During his tenure, he led Macy’s fashion office, multicultural business development and licensed business. Baxter ultimately became chief merchandising officer, with responsibility for all categories at Macy’s, Macys.com, Macy’s Backstage off-price concept, and Bluemercury.

The company’s chairwoman of the board, Mylle Mangum, commented, “We are thrilled to have Tim join Express. He is a seasoned retail executive and a strong merchant. Tim’s expertise in both specialty retail and department stores provides a unique perspective. He has proven public company leadership experience and a mix of skills that make us confident in his ability to return the business to growth. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we’d also like to thank Matt for his leadership during this transition and his ongoing role in the transformation of the business.”

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to join this iconic fashion brand and to lead Express through its next phase of revitalization and growth,” added Baxter. “I look forward to working with the team at Express, building on the company’s 40-year history of delivering great product and experiences for customers.”