Wet Seal promotes two in merchandising department

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Wet Seal has announced the promotions of the company’s two divisional merchandising managers for its Wet Seal brand. Kim Bajrech has been appointed SVP, general merchandising manager apparel, and Debbie Shinn has been appointed SVP, general merchandising manager accessories and ready-to-wear.

Bajrech and Shinn previously served as VP, divisional merchandising manager of apparel and VP, divisional merchandising manager accessories and ready-to-wear, respectively, since July 2009. The promotions were effective March 25th, and both will continue to report to John Goodman, Chief Executive Officer.

Commenting on the promotions, Goodman stated, “We are thrilled to recognize the talents and accomplishments of Kim and Debbie. They have a deep understanding of the fast fashion market, they know the Wet Seal customer well and they are executing on all fronts as we return the business to its roots. I will continue to work closely with Kim and Debbie and feel confident that we have the right team in place to help us reenergize the Wet Seal business and drive growth.”

Prior to joining Wet Seal, Bajrech was creative director at PJ Salvage, a leading manufacturer of fashionable PJs, loungewear and intimates. Earlier in her career, she was a VP, divisional merchandising manager for The Wet Seal from 1990 to 2002.

Shinn served as VP, divisional merchandising manager for Junior Sportswear at Kohl’s prior to joining Wet Seal. Shinn held a variety of VP, general merchandise manager roles at Pacific Sunwear from 1998 to 2006 and started her career at Hecht’s, a division of May Company, where she held several managerial positions over the course of 19 years.