Levi Strauss appoints new head of global retail

Levi Strauss & Co. has named Craig Nomura as EVP and president of global retail, effective Feb. 3. He will report to president and CEO Chip Bergh.

Nomura will lead a global team of 7,300 employees responsible for driving a world-class omnichannel retail experience across a footprint of approximately 2,800 owned and operated, franchise and outlet stores. He will drive new, innovative solutions to continue LS&Co.’s rapid and profitable retail growth and define new opportunities to connect the company’s iconic brands with fans around the world, the company said.

Nomura brings deep retail industry expertise spanning operations, inventory management and marketing. He also has a strong understanding of international consumer markets, having led growth strategies throughout his career in the United States, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the Middle East.

“Craig is a true global citizen with a proven track record of delivering profitable growth for some of the world’s top retailers,” said Bergh. “Whether it’s through strategic franchise management, consumer-focused vertical retail experiences or tight inventory management, Craig’s deep expertise across all aspects of retail operations will be a great asset to the management team as we work to make LS&Co. a world-class omnichannel retailer.”

Nomura joins from Williams-Sonoma, where he was responsible for international expansion as SVP of global development. He previously held leadership positions at Gap, Gymboree, Guess? and Foot Locker.

“I’ve been a fan of LS&Co. and its iconic brands since I bought my first pair of Levi’s 501 jeans and I’m thrilled to be part of shaping how the next generation of fans experiences our brands,” said Nomura. “I look forward to working with the LS&Co. team to build on their solid progress and drive even stronger business results for global retail and the company going forward.”