California-based denim brand True Religion has announced that its board of directors has appointed Chelsea A. Grayson as its interim chief executive officer, following John Ermatinger’s decision to retire as chief executive officer of the company. Grayson will step down as chair of the Audit Committee but will continue to serve on True Religion’s board of directors.
While Grayson serves as interim CEO, the True Religion board intends to conduct a process to identify a permanent CEO.
Before joining the board of directors of True Religion last year, Grayson was the CEO and a board member of American Apparel. She also sits on the board of directors of Delta Dental of California (where she is a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee), and the advisory board of Marca Global.
“As a board member for the past year, Chelsea has been instrumental in helping True Religion evolve the brand,” said Gene Davis, chair of the True Religion board. “We are fortunate to have someone of Chelsea’s caliber and experience step up to lead the company as we continue to innovate our products and customer experience. In addition, we would also like to recognize and thank John for his incredible leadership and dedication to the brand.”
“As a Los Angeles native, I am honored to have been chosen to lead an iconic brand like Los Angeles-based True Religion,” added Grayson. “I look forward to continuing the momentum started with recent initiatives like adding Bella Hadid as a millennial face of the brand and our partnership with global sports juggernaut, Manchester United.”