Pearlman to Head Jewelry Business for Sears

Michelle Pearlman has joined Sears Holdings as senior vice president and president—Jewelry, where she will lead the Kmart and Sears jewelry teams. Sears made the announcement Monday.

Pearlman was most recently with Ann Taylor Stores Corp., where she served as executive vice president of Ann Taylor Direct, leading the Internet sales division, including AnnTaylor.com and AnnTaylorLOFT.com. She was responsible for e-commerce merchandising, marketing, technology, and operations. She joined Ann Taylor in 2004 after five years at McKinsey & Company, most recently as an associate principal where she managed turnaround and growth strategies with numerous retail clients. Prior to that, spent seven years with Procter & Gamble where she held brand management and customer business development roles.

“Michelle brings a wealth of expertise in managing profitable online and traditional retail businesses and driving operational turnarounds,” said Bruce Johnson, interim chief executive officer and president of Sears Holdings. “As we continue to work to transform our business, we have been concentrating on strengthening our leadership bench.

Pearlman holds a MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.