Claire’s announces new CEO

Jewellery and accessories chain Claire’s has appointed Ryan Vero as its new CEO, which will see interim CEO Kevin Corning return to his role on the board.

Vero joins the company from Party City Retail Group, where he was president, overseeing nearly 1,000 retail stores in North America and Europe, as well as e-commerce and web operations.

He previously worked in executive leadership roles at Sears and OfficeMax, where he focused on key consumer business lines, as well as e-commerce, marketing and merchandising operations.

Vero said: “Claire’s is at a moment of great potential, as the retail industry continues to change rapidly and consumer preferences continue to shift. I’m looking forward to leveraging these opportunities to ensure the company is well-positioned for growth and that we are doing everything we can to provide our customers with the fun, unique products that they love.”

Samantha Algaze, chairman of the Claire’s board, added: “Ryan’s track record of growth through innovation makes him the ideal leader to drive Claire’s into the future. We look forward to this new era for Claire’s”.