Spanx hires Nike exec Jan Singer as new CEO

US shapewear giant Spanx has appointed Nike’s head of apparel Jan Singer as CEO.

Singer will join the company in July, reporting to founder Sara Blakely.

Before heading up Nike’s Global Apparel arm as Corporate Vice President, Singer served as vice president and general manager of Reebok’s women’s business and played marketing and global communications roles for Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Prada.

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“Spanx is first and foremost an innovator and leader,” said Blakely.

“Jan’s role in helping to lead and innovate at premium, global brands across the apparel, footwear and beauty industries, combined with her deep understanding of the consumer, make her the perfect fit for Spanx. I’m confident that she will transition from the locker room to the fitting room seamlessly.”

Gregg Ribatt, the Interim CEO, will assist Singer through a transition, and then continue to serve on the company’s Board of Advisors.

Ribbatt stepped in to the interim role following CEO Laurie Ann Goldman’s departure in February.

Singer commented: “Spanx is an incredible brand with unique and powerful consumer connections, and I’m excited to join such a dynamic company.”

“My background and experience position me to build on the great foundation created by Sara and her team, and I look forward to leading the organization on its continued path of success,” she added.



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