Spanx, PetSmart execs join Francesca's board

HOUSTON — Specialty retailer Francesca's has appointed Laurie Ann Goldman and Joseph O'Leary to its board of directors.

Goldman has been CEO of rapidly growing Spanx, makers of slimming intimates and body shapers, since 2002. Prior to joining privately held Spanx, she spent 10 years at the Coca-Cola Company in a number of leading marketing roles. Earlier in her career, she held marketing positions at R.H. Macy and Maison Blanche Stores. Goldman currently serves on the advisory board for Suntrust Banks.

O'Leary is currently EVP of merchandising, marketing, supply chain and strategic planning at PetSmart. In June 2013, O'Leary will become president and COO of PetSmart. He served as COO of Human Touch from 2005 to 2006. He also spent six years with Gap, including as SVP of supply chain strategy, and global logistics.

"We are excited to welcome Laurie Ann and Joe to our board. Both have deep experience with fast-growing and highly successful retail brands and will help Francesca’s continue to create substantial value for our shareholders. Laurie Ann's extensive brand management and multichannel experience will be invaluable as we continue to build Francesca’s into a multichannel lifestyle brand. Joe's best-in-class merchandising and supply chain experience and strategic insights will help us chart our future course, further enhance our distribution strategies and maximize speed to market," said Greg Brenneman, non-executive chairman of the board.

Francesca's has retail locations designed and merchandised to feel like independently owned, upscale boutiques. It carries a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. Francesca’s operates 406 stores in 44 states and also serves its customers through francescas.com.