Sears Holdings Names New President

by Katie Lee

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has hired former Gymboree COO Joelle Maher as president and chief member officer for the Sears format. In this role, Maher will be responsible for developing the Shop Your Way® member-centric business strategy for the Sears format, managing the Sears P&L and aligning merchandising, marketing, pricing and selling with the needs of its members. 

Maher comes to Sears Holdings from Gymboree Corporation, where she served as chief operating officer and was responsible for leading all operational aspects of the company, including stores, planning and allocation, real estate and construction, international, distribution and logistics, operational process and strategy, and information technology.

Prior to Gymboree, Maher spent 7 years at Levi Strauss & Company in various senior leadership roles including serving as executive vice president and president, Global Multichannel Retail. She also worked at Lucky Brand Jeans for 7 years, and began her career in merchandising and planning roles at Old Navy, Macy’s East and Lord & Taylor. 

“Joelle’s depth and breadth of retail and business experience and ability to achieve superior results in established organizations make her a strong fit for this member-focused role at Sears Holdings,” says Edward S. Lampert, chairman and CEO of Sears Holdings. “She will work closely with me and our business unit leaders to lead our iconic Sears brand in its continued transformation as an integrated retail format.”

Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

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