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Apparel retailer bebe announced Thursday that CEO Steve Birkhold has resigned, effective today. Birkhold will be succeeded by Jim Wiggett, currently CEO of Jackson Hole Group, as interim CEO. The company noted that it will commence a search for a permanent CEO. "On behalf of the board of directors, we're excited to welcome Jim to the team. Jim is a highly accomplished executive, with proven leadership capabilities, retail and merchandising expertise, and a wealth of strategic business knowledge, and we look forward to his insights into the strategic direction of the company," bebe Chairman Manny Mashouf said in a statement.

Women's apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc. named retail industry veteran Steve Birkhold as its new chief executive as it looks to turn around its business amid declines in same-store sales. The company also reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter sales, hit by a 15 percent drop in same-store traffic. Birkhold, who replaces founder Manny Mashouf, joins Bebe from French fashion brand Lacoste, where he was heading its North American business.

Brisbane, Calif. -- Women's apparel retailer Bebe stores Inc. said Emilia Fabricant, president, has resigned from the company for personal reasons. Her duties have been taken over by chairman and CEO Manny Mashouf and Renee Bell, the company's head of...

Brisbane, Calif.-based bebe stores inc. announced that Emilia Fabricant will be the new president of bebe stores, effective Aug. 9. Emilia will oversee the bebe division, including its merchandising, design, planning and allocation, online sales, production, marketing and retail planning, and will report directly to Manny Mashouf, chairman and CEO of bebe stores. Emilia has more than 20 years of women’s apparel merchandising experience, and has held various positions including senior vice president, divisional merchandise manager with Barneys New York; CEO at Cadeau Maternity; and president and chief merchandising officer at Charlotte Russe. Bebe currently operates 292 stores, including

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