Sycamore Partners, the New York private equity firm that just bought Talbots Inc., said Tuesday that Michael Archbold has been appointed chief executive of the Hingham-based retailer of clothing for middle-age career women.
Archbold was previously president and chief operating officer of the Vitamin Shoppe.
Sycamore Partners also said that Lizanne Kindler, previously executive vice president of product development at Kohl’s Department Stores, has been named president of Talbots. A former executive vice president of merchandising at Talbots, she will be responsible for product development, merchandising, and marketing.
Michele Mandell, a 26-year veteran of Talbots and formerly the executive vice president of stores at the company, has been appointed chief operating officer.
In a statement, Sycamore Partners managing director Stefan Kaluzny said, “Building on its 65 years of history, we will restore the Talbots brand and the company’s heritage as a leading retailer of traditional women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories.”
After a long courtship, Sycamore Partners completed its merger of Talbots last week.
Talbots got into trouble by attempting to woo younger women. But apparel that sought to be more youthful alienated the chain’s core customer base of middle-age women.
At the end of its second quarter, Talbots operated 516 stores in 46 states and Canada.