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Gavales named CEO at Things Remembered


Former Talbots and Bloomingdales executive Lisa Gavales was named president and CEO of personalized gift retailer Things Remembered where she plans to further evolve the retailer’s omnichannel offering.

Things Remembered operates 600 stores nationwide that are integrated with its Web site to allow for online ordering and same day pick up. Gavales will join the company November 10 to fill the position being vacated by Michael Anthony. He is relinquishing the CEO title after eight years but will remain as chairman of the board.

Gavales joins Things Remembered most recently from Talbots where she was the president of the direct business and chief marketing officer. In her role at Talbots, she was a strategic leader who oversaw all aspects of multichannel marketing, direct merchandising, visual merchandising, and the company's e-commerce site.

In her new role, Gavales is expected to further evolve the Things Remembered brand as a top omni-channel retailer, ensuring the right merchandise is available to the customer wherever and whenever she wants it and lead the company through its next growth phase.

According to board chairman Anthony, “we are very pleased to have someone with Lisa's extensive retail and direct marketing experience leading our organization. Lisa is an accomplished leader with proven expertise who will successfully pilot Things Remembered through today's challenging retail environment."

Prior to Talbots, Gavales was EVP and CMO at Express and oversaw marketing, visual merchandising and e-commerce. She also spent 14 years at Bloomingdale's where she ran planning, served as a general merchandise manager, launched and held the role of SVP marketing.

"Things Remembered is a historied brand known for celebrating life's occasions, from milestone moments to every day events," said Gavales. "I am thrilled to join an organization with such loyal customers and employees and one that is primed for the incredible growth opportunity ahead."

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