Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Sportswear retailer JJB sports names Robert Corliss to BoD
Sportswear retailer JJB sports names Robert Corliss to BoD
Jul '12
JJB Sports Plc announces the appointment of Robert J. Corliss to the board of directors. Bob joins the board as Deputy Chairman with particular responsibility for further accelerating the turnaround of the business.

Following a short handover he will become Chairman with effect from 1 September 2012 succeeding Mike McTighe.  Mike will step down from the board after 20 intense months as Chairman during which time he has led the company through a significant restructuring of its cost base, a second company voluntary arrangement and three rounds of refinancing. 

Bob has a 30-year track record across various industries, including notably the retail sector, and has successfully invested in and led a variety of situations including buyouts, turnarounds, divestitures, and start-ups.  His experience includes roles as a Director and Executive Committee Member of the National Retail Federation (NRF), a Director of The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Chairman of the Committee of International Sports Organizations and a Director of both the American Running Association and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.

Currently he is the President and CEO of Robert Talbott, Inc. and trustee for Movie Gallery, Inc.  Earlier, he served as Vice President and CEO of Friedman's Jewelers and as the Chairman of the NRF. From 1998 until 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Athlete's Foot, the world's largest franchisor of athletic footwear with over 600 stores in more than 40 countries.

Prior to joining The Athlete's Foot, he was the founder, CEO/President of Infinity Sports, Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and licensor of athletic products primarily under the brand Bike Athletic. His earlier experience includes leading, as President and CEO, the successful turnaround and eventual sale of Herman's Sporting Goods, Inc.

Commenting on the appointment Mike McTighe, Chairman of JJB Sports, said:

"I am excited that we have attracted someone of Bob's calibre and experience to lead the company through the next phase of its turnaround. His deep US and European sports retailing background is exactly what we require right now."

Commenting on his appointment Bob Corliss said:

"JJB has been through some difficult times yet it is clear that there is a real market opportunity for a national authentic sports retailer here in the UK.  JJB can be that retailer and I'm energized by the prospect of leading the company through the next phase of its turnaround."

JJB Sports plc is one of the UK's leading sports retailers. The Group is headquartered in Wigan and listed on the AIM, trades from over 180 JJB branded retail stores in the UK and Ireland and employs over 4,000 people. 

JJB Sports Plc

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Myntra

Apparel/Garments | On 3rd Dec 2016

Myntra to be EBITA positive by FY18: CEO Narayanan

Myntra is on track to achieve sustainable growth and be EBITA...

Courtesy: India ITME Society

Textiles | On 3rd Dec 2016

India ITME 2016 opens with over 1050 exhibitors

The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition (India ITME)...

Courtesy: Bruckner

Textiles | On 3rd Dec 2016

Indian textile companies opt for Brückner stenter lines

Indian textile firms Laxmipati Sarees, makers of polyester sarees and ...

Interviews View All

Rahuul Jashnani

‘Online economy has changed the whole dynamics of buying habits.’

Kamlesh Vaghela
RK Textiles

Very few machinery manufacturers have R&D units

Pinkesh Jain
Everflow Petrofils Ltd

‘An innovative technology which India needs desperately is the...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

December 2016

December 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search