Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has announced the appointment of former H&M
executive Daniel Kulle as the new CEO of Forever 21.
The news comes after ABG, along with Simon Property Group and Brookfield
Property Group, acquired the embattled LA-based fast-fashion chain earlier
this month after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in
Kulle has over 20 years of experience at Swedish retail giant H&M, where
he most recently worked as a strategic advisor to former CEO Karl-Johan
Persson and as a steering group member for three new digital startups
within the H&M Group.
At the retailer, Kulle was credited for expanding its bricks-and-motor
and ecommerce presence in existing and new markets across North America. He
also oversaw the opening of 600 stores and helped develop integrated
ecommerce platforms in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Under his leadership,
H&M North American sales quadrupled to 4 dollars annually.
ABG said Kulle will help modernize Forever 21’s content and social media
strategies, work with the brand’s leadership to evolve its sustainability
initiatives, and re-energize core product categories.
The brand management company said in a statement: “Under Kulle’s
leadership, Forever 21 is expected to sharpen its focus on seamless
retailing, strengthening its loyalty program, and elevating the in-store
journey through unique experiences such as pop-up events and unexpected
brand collaborations that continuously surprise and delight customers.
Kulle will also spearhead developing a purpose-driven ethos for Forever 21
that will serve as bedrock for all aspects of the business.”
Commenting on his appointment in a statement, Kulle said: “Forever 21
enjoys strong brand awareness and affinity, a clear consumer set, and
quick-to-market capabilities, allowing the brand to be nimble and leverage
key trends and create strong value for its customers. The strong ownership
structure, which combines ABG’s marketing prowess with Simon and
Brookfield’s retail real estate expertise, creates a foundation for
Jamie Salter, founder, chairman, and CEO of ABG said: “Daniel is a
well-respected, progressive fashion executive, and we are thrilled to
welcome him to the team.”
Photo courtesy of Authentic Brands Group