Men's Wearhouse Names Retail Brand Presidents And EVP Of Direct Sourcing

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) today announced Scott Norris has been named Men's Wearhouse Brand and Moores Brand President and Paul Fitzpatrick has been named Jos. A. Bank's Brand President.  Additionally, Jim Thorne was named Executive Vice President of Direct Sourcing.  All three will report to Mary Beth Blake, the Company's President and Chief Merchandising Officer.

Doug Ewert, Men's Wearhouse CEO, commented, "We are excited to strengthen and solidify the executive talent in merchandising and sourcing as we integrate, manage and grow the company. Scott has been an integral part of the Men's Wearhouse merchandising team since 1996 and has spent his entire career developing initiatives to drive sales and margin results. His track record at the Company reflects his skills as a successful merchant.  Paul has an impressive tenure in men's merchandising, both in retail and wholesale. Through the years, he has built his reputation in the menswear industry for creating dynamic teams and developing leaders.  We are excited to see him bring his knowledge to Jos. A. Bank as Brand PresidentJim Thorne brings extensive knowledge and experience in product development, manufacturing, and sourcing to our company.  Jim has played a major role in growing Jos. A. Bank to a $1 billion brand."

From 2011 to 2014, Scott Norris was Executive Vice President Merchandising for Men's Wearhouse, Moores and tuxedo rental.  Norris began his career at Men's Wearhouse as a Buyer in 1996, and successfully worked his way up through the Company by becoming Divisional Merchandise Manager of Dress Furnishings in 2001, Vice President and General Merchandise Manager (GMM) in 2005, and Senior Vice President and GMM in 2006.  Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from California State University Sacramento.

Paul Fitzpatrick was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of ESP Group Ltd. from 2010 to 2013 and previously, he was Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Men's and Children's for Macy's West.  From 1992 to 2009, Fitzpatrick held various positions at Macy's West, including EVP and GMM Home Furnishings, Regional Store Director, and San Francisco Union Square Store Manager. From 1988 to 1991, Fitzpatrick served as Senior Vice President and GMM and SVP and Director of Stores at I Magnin in San Francisco.  Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Manhattan College.

Jim Thorne will be primarily responsible for product development, manufacturing and sourcing.  He was Executive Vice President Merchandising and Chief Merchandising Officer for Jos. A. Bank since 2009.  He joined Jos. A. Bank in 1986 and has held a variety of positions as he worked his way up through the company.  Thorne was Vice President and GMM for Tailored Clothing from 2000 to 2005 and Senior Vice President Planning and Allocation from 2006 to 2008.  He started his retailing career as a management trainee at Belk Department Stores, eventually becoming a buyer.  Thorne graduated in 1982 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,756 stores.  The Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories in exclusive and non-exclusive merchandise brands and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection.  Most K&G stores carry a full selection of women's apparel.  Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Moores and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores.  Additionally, Men's Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions, Alexandra and Yaffy in the United Kingdom.   

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