BELLEVILLE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Workwear brand Duluth Trading Company today announced the promotion of Stephanie Pugliese to president and chief executive officer. The previous CEO and principal owner of Duluth Trading, Steve Schlecht, will continue as the company’s executive chairman. Pugliese’s appointment is effective immediately.
“In the seven years Stephanie has been with Duluth Trading, she has more than demonstrated her readiness for this position,” says Schlecht. “Her passion for driving the organization’s continued growth is contagious. She has a remarkable sense of our brand and what it means to truly stand out in the competitive workwear industry.”
Pugliese brings more than 22 years of retail leadership experience to her new position. She joined Duluth Trading in 2008, most recently serving as president and chief operating officer. Prior to being promoted to president in early 2012, she was senior vice president of product development and marketing, spearheading the evolution and expansion of Duluth Trading’s women’s line, as well as helping launch the brand’s first store in 2010.
Duluth Trading recently announced plans to open its first Iowa store in May 2015, which will be its sixth retail location. The store will be located in Ankeny, a northern suburb of Des Moines.
Before joining Duluth Trading, Pugliese held leadership roles at Ann Taylor and Lands' End. She is a graduate of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
About Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Company is an omni-channel retail workwear brand for men and women based in Madison, Wis. Duluth Trading was founded in Duluth, Minn., in 1989 by two brothers who believed there ‘has to be a better way’ to do things, whether that means eradicating Plumber’s Butt by adding 3 extra inches to its Longtail T® Shirt or offering tradesmen legendary durability plus comfort with their Fire Hose® Work Pants made of the same rugged-yet-flexible 2x2 canvas that once wrapped fire hoses. Visit www.duluthtrading.com for more information and stop by one of its five stores in Mount Horeb and Port Washington, Wis., and Duluth, Bloomington and Fridley, Minn.