Jo-Ann appoints Susan Benten as senior VP & GMM

19 Aug '16
2 min read
Courtesy: Jo-Ann
Courtesy: Jo-Ann

Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer, has appointed Susan van Benten as senior vice president/general merchandise manager (SVP/GMM), sewing.

She will report to president and chief executive officer (CEO), Jill Soltau, effective August 15, 2016.

Susan Benten most recently served as chief merchandising and marketing officer/senior vice president (CMO/SVP) with Hancock Fabrics, where she led merchandising, marketing, planning, allocation and data integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in merchandising from Indiana University.

Soltau said, “Susan has developed strong supplier relationships and a keen understanding of our industry's dynamics. She will play a key role in implementing new merchandising fundamentals as part of our retail strategy. Susan brings a passion for serving customers, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Jo-Ann leadership team.”

In support of this new merchandising structure, Mary Jo Schoenfeld and Kathy Lacks are also joining Jo-Ann.

Schoenfeld is joining Jo-Ann as VP/DMM, seasonal/floral. She most recently served as a DMM for Boot Barn Holdings, Inc., driving sales in stores and ecommerce. Schoenfeld is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

Kathy Lacks will serve as VP/DMM, trend craft. Lacks earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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