Singer will report to Sara Blakely, Spanx’s founder and owner. Gregg Ribatt, the interim CEO, will assist Singer through the transition and then continue to serve on the company’s board of advisors. Singer is expected to join the company officially in early July.
Singer is a highly regarded and well-respected leader in the apparel and footwear industry. She joins Spanx from Nike, where she held various senior leadership roles including corporate vice president of global apparel and corporate vice president of global footwear. Prior to that, Singer served as the vice president and general manager of Reebok’s women’s business and played key marketing and global communications roles for Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Prada. She also previously served as the beauty and fitness editor for YM magazine.
“Spanx is first and foremost an innovator and leader,” Blakely said in a statement. “Jan’s role in helping to lead and innovate at premium, global brands across the apparel, footwear and beauty industries, combined with her deep understanding of the consumer, make her the perfect fit for Spanx. I’m confident that she will transition from the locker room to the fitting room seamlessly. I am grateful to Gregg Ribatt for his role in leading the company through this transition and setting us up for the next phase of growth.”
In a statement Singer said, “Spanx is an incredible brand with unique and powerful consumer connections, and I’m excited to join such a dynamic company. My background and experience position me to build on the great foundation created by Sara and her team, and I look forward to leading the organization on its continued path of success.”