Akron-based national jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers Ltd. named Joan M. Hilson as chief financial officer Wednesday, and also announced a reorganization that creates a mall leadership team.
Hilson, CFO at David’s Bridal and whose early career included working at Sterling Jewelers, will join Signet on April 4. She will succeed Michele Santana, who will stay as chief financial officer through that date.
Santana will remain with the company through the end of April to help Hilson through the transition.
Hilson has more than 30 years in retail corporate finance leadership positions, with experience in business planning, merchandise planning, inventory management and cost optimization, the company said in a news release. She has a strong track record of building high performing finance teams and developing leaders, the company said.
Hilson was named CFO of David’s Bridal in 2014. Before that, she was the chief financial officer at American Eagle Outfitters. Her background includes working at Limited Brands, where she was CFO of the Victoria’s Secret stores division. And before that, Hilson worked at Sterling Jewelers Inc. and Coopers & Lybrand.
“I am excited to have Joan join Signet at such an important time for our business. She is an accomplished retail executive with extensive financial and operational experience. I am confident that Signet will benefit from her transformational experiences and perspective, as we accelerate our [corporate] transformation efforts,” Virginia C. Drosos, chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement.
Signet also said it will place its Kay, Zales and Peoples banners under a combined mall leadership team.
The changes involve promoting Jamie L. Singleton, currently executive vice president of Zales and Peoples, to president of Kay, Zales and Peoples. Singleton has been with Signet for seven years.
Bill Luth, executive vice president of Kay, was named executive vice president of Global Store Operations. Luth is a 30-year Signet veteran.
Kecia Caffie was promoted to senior vice president of Piercing Pagoda.
Singleton, Luth and Caffie will report to Seb Hobbs, president and chief customer officer.
“Jamie’s and Bill’s new roles, along with other leadership realignments following recent appointments of William R. Brace, chief marketing officer and [executive vice president] Jared, and Toni Zehrer, chief merchandising officer, add significant capability to our core merchandising, marketing, and store operations organizations,” Drosos said.