Sycamore Splits Jones Group into Four Independent Companies

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JNYNew York—Sycamore Partners said Tuesday that it has reorganized the remaining businesses of its newly-acquired Jones Group into four independent operating companies: the Nine West Group, a jeanswear company (which will be named later), Jones New York, and the Kasper Group.

Each group will operate as an independent company led by its own management team. Since completing its $2.2 billion buyout of Jones last week, Sycamore announced it had separated the company from its Stuart Weitzman and Kurt Geiger brands as  independent companies.

Financial Reports Under ‘Nine West Holdings’

Furthermore, Wesley Card, who had been chief executive officer for Jones Group, stepped down from his position. And John T. McClain, chief financial officer, also stepped down but will remain as a member of the board of directors assist Sycamore Partners with other aspects of its portfolio.

“We believe that this structure will allow each of these businesses to better serve their customers and achieve long-term success,” said Stefan Kaluzny, managing director of Sycamore Partners, a private equity company. “As independent companies, decision-making will be more closely aligned with the needs of the individual brands and our more than 10,000 associates around the world. We are excited to partner with the leadership of each of these companies to invest in their growth and help them achieve their full potential.”

Kathy Nedorostek will be chief executive officer of the Nine West Group, which will include footwear, handbags and jewelry. Jack Gross, who has led the jeanswear business for the last 20 years, will be chief executive officer of the Jeanswear company. Aru Kulkarni and George Sharp will continue to lead Jones New York. And Gregg Marks will be chief executive officer of the Kasper Group, which he has led for the last 30 years.

The Nine West Group and the Jeanswear company will continue to issue financial reports on a consolidated basis as Nine West Holdings (per their financial reporting requirements under their previously disclosed indentures). Nine West Holdings, as the successor to The Jones Group, will continue to provide the shared service functions historically provided by The Jones Group.

“We are very grateful to the executive leadership of The Jones Group for their many contributions, especially Wes Card, who has dedicated almost 25 years to guiding the company to tremendous growth and success. We look forward to benefiting from John’s experience and insights as we continue to grow Sycamore Partners’ portfolio of retail and consumer companies,” Kaluzny added.


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