Men’s Wearhouse names a new chief operating officer

July 2, 2015 10:41 AM

The Men’s Wearhouse Inc. has suited up a second leading executive in less than a month with the appointment of Bruce Thorn as executive vice president and chief operating officer, a position that had been open at the retailer. 

Thorn joins Men’s Wearhouse, effective June 29, from PetSmart Inc., where he had worked since 2007, most recently as executive vice president, store operations, services and supply chain, according to a Men’s Wearhouse statement. Before PetSmart, Thorn held leadership roles with Gap Inc., Cintas Corp., LESCO Inc. and U.S. Army.

"To further round out our experienced senior team, we are thrilled to name Bruce Thorn as our chief operating officer. Bruce brings with him extensive experience and an infusion of new ideas to help us create a stronger company and unlock future growth," said CEO Doug Ewert, who was COO from 2005 to June 2011 before becoming CEO.

In early June, Men’s Wearhouse hired Ben Baum as its executive vice president and chief digital officer, a new position, reporting directly to Ewert. Baum had been chief digital officer of Bebe Stores Inc. and head of business development, multichannel retail, shopping at Google Inc. He also held several merchandising positions at Target.

Men’s Wearhouse web sales in 2014 were an Internet Retailer-estimated $215.5 million in 2014, up 251.5% from $61.3 million in 2013. That big jump followed the acquisition of men’s apparel and accessories retailer Jos. A Bank in March 2014. Men’s Wearhouse also operates Moores and K&G brands; five e-commerce sites, including and; and 1,758 stores.

Men’s Wearhouse is No. 153 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide and PetSmart is No. 355.





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