Jenna Lyons J.Crew

J.Crew's Jenna Lyons has been promoted to president and executive creative director. Photo: Getty Images for IMG

J.Crew has a new skipper.

Current executive creative director Jenna Lyons has been promoted to president and executive creative director of J.Crew Group, Inc. effective September 13, 2010.

Lyons, 42, is filling the slot that will be vacated by Tracy Gardner, current president of the retail and direct channels, who will leave the company at that time to spend more time with her family.

"At this point in my life, it is important for me to spend more time with my family," Gardner said in a release.

"I am so proud of all that J.Crew and the team continues to accomplish and I am grateful that this success has allowed me the opportunity to make this difficult choice."

Millard "Mickey" Drexler, chairman and CEO, said, "I am sorry about Tracy's decision to leave J.Crew but I respect and understand her wish to spend more time with her children."

Drexler continued, "The team at J.Crew has considerable depth. I am also confident in our ability to achieve a seamless transition."

"I am so appreciative of the confidence Mickey and the Board of Directors have in me and am excited to continue to grow J.Crew Group in a creative and innovative way," Lyons said in the same release.

Other members of J.Crew's leadership team will assume additional responsibility as well. Libby Wadle will now become executive vice president of factory, will add retail to her responsibilities and will continue to report directly to Drexler, as will Trish Donnelly, executive vice president of the direct channel and Laura Willensky, senior vice president of the Madewell retail channel.

The merchandise production responsibilities will now fall under the chief administrative officer/CFO, James Scully.

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