FULLBEAUTY Announces CEO Transition

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc., the most trusted, comprehensive authority for plus-size women and men, today announced that Jim Fogarty has been named Chief Executive Officer and appointed to the FULLBEAUTY Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Fogarty succeeds Emilie Arel, who has resigned from her role as CEO and as a member of the Board.

Mr. Fogarty has extensive experience growing apparel and retail businesses. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Orchards Brands Corporation, a direct-to-consumer multichannel retailer with 13 brands including Blair, Haband, Drapers & Damon’s, Norm Thompson, Sahalie, Appleseed’s, Tog Shop, Old Pueblo Traders, Bedford Fair, Wintersilks, LinenSource, Solutions, and Gold Violin.

“I am honored to be named CEO of FULLBEAUTY Brands,” said Mr. Fogarty. “FULLBEAUTY has a strong portfolio of brands that resonate with its customers across the world. I am excited to build upon the team’s hard work to position the Company for further success by leveraging FULLBEAUTY’s legacy strengths, while we also lean into new opportunities. I look forward to working with the talented team to continue evolving as a multi-channel, customer-focused, direct-to-consumer retailer that is optimized for the future.”

“It has been a privilege to have led the talented team at FULLBEAUTY Brands, and I’m extremely proud of all our team has accomplished, including enhancing our digital presence, strengthening our marketplace business and sharpening our operating effectiveness,” said Ms. Arel. “I wish Jim and the team success as FULLBEAUTY Brands moves into its next chapter.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Emilie for her many contributions and leadership of FULLBEAUTY Brands,” said Kaj Vazales, member of the FULLBEAUTY Board and a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital. “Since 2017, Emilie led the organization through transformative change and earned the respect and trust of her colleagues at FULLBEAUTY Brands.” Vazales further added, “We are thrilled to welcome Jim to FULLBEAUTY. Jim has a long and successful track record of driving strong results for retail and consumer brands, and we are confident that he is the ideal fit to lead the Company.”

Mr. Fogarty was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Charming Shoppes prior to his most recent role as CEO of Orchard Brands. Mr. Fogarty previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of American Italian Pasta Company, Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss & Co, Chief Financial Officer of The Warnaco Group, and President and COO of Lehman Brothers Holdings following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fogarty spent 14 years at Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee Restructuring Group. Mr. Fogarty currently serves as a Director of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. and Darden Restaurants.


FULLBEAUTY Brands Holdings Corp. is the fashion authority for plus-size women and men seeking fashion inspiration, style advice, and clothing tailored to their individual needs. Proprietary brands under the FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc. umbrella include: Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London®, Swimsuits For All®, Ellos®, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, and fullbeauty.com®, an online marketplace that offers a curated collection of countless brands and thousands of products, serving as the premier fashion and lifestyle destination for women in sizes 12+.

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