Men's Wearhouse beefs up board with retail veteran

FREMONT, Calif. — The Men's Wearhouse has appointed retail industry veteran Allen I. Questrom to its board of directors.

Questrom’s addition brings the Men's Wearhouse board to a total of nine directors, seven of whom are independent.

"I'm pleased to welcome Allen to the board. He brings extensive experience in our industry, highlighted by his service as the CEO of several large publicly traded retailers. Allen's expertise in customer service, merchandising, marketing and finance will be a great benefit for all of our stakeholders," said president and CEO Doug Ewert.

Questrom, who has more than 40 years of executive management experience in the retail industry, was chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus, Inc. from 1988 to 1990. He was at Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy's) as chairman and CEO from February 1990 to May 1997. From May 1999 to January 2001, he served as chairman of the board of Barneys New York, Inc. and from May 1999 and until September 2000, as CEO and president. From 2000 to December 2004, he was chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Company. He has been a senior adviser for Lee Equity Partners since 2006. Questrom is currently a member of the board of directors of Sotheby's and the Glazer Family of Companies. He has also previously served as a member of the board of directors of Footlocker, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and was non-executive chairman of Deb Shops, Inc.

Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,141 stores. The Men's Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories in exclusive and non-exclusive merchandise brands and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection. Most K&G stores carry a full selection of women's apparel. Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men's Wearhouse, Moores and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores. Additionally, Men's Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions, Alexandra and Yaffy in the United Kingdom.