Experienced Merchandise Planning and Supply Chain Executive 

Derek is a retail industry veteran with 20+ years of experience across multiple successful retail organizations. Derek has deep experience in Merchandise Planning and Allocation as well as all aspects of Supply Chain(Warehouse Mgmt, Fulfilment, Logistics and Transportation) and Global Sourcing. Derek is known for driving results, building high performing collaborative teams driven by accountability and innovation. Derek has deep knowledge in systems implementation, omni channel inventory strategies and organizational design; delivering excellence in customer experience along with Opex efficiencies.


  • The Children’s Place – SVP, Merchandise Planning and Global Sourcing
    • Lead all Merchandise Planning, Business Planning, Allocation and Store Planning for 3 Brands + Amazon Wholesale driving $2 billion in annual sales.
    • Lead all aspects of Global Sourcing including Pre-Production, Production, Fabric, Tech, QA and CSR as well Hong Kong and Africa international offices, 98 Vendors and 140 factories.
    • Owned all corporate sales and margin plans as well as in season forecast at the Brand/Channel/Season Code/Category level.
  • ascena  – EVP, Chief Planning and Supply Chain Officer
    • Lead all Merchandise Planning and Allocation teams for all brands and channels, generating $3 billion in annual volume. (Loft, Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant). Responsible for all inventory purchases, merchandise plans and budgets, pricing and top line/gross margin dollar realization.
    • Lead all International and Domestic Sourcing, Tech Design/Fit, Fabric/Trim, Quality Assurance and Corporate Social Responsibility teams for all brands. 
    • Lead all aspects of Supply Chain including Distribution and Fulfillment, Transportation, Procurement, International Trade, Logistics and Operations for all brands.
  • Ann Inc/ascena – – SVP Merchandise Planning and DC Operations
    • Lead all Merchandise Planning and Allocation functions, Company Planning, Inventory Strategy and Testing for all brands and channels. (Loft, Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and Justice) delivering $3 Billion in annual revenue.
    • Project lead for all ascena brands MP+A transformation, standardizing systems, structure and business process for all 4 brands.


  • Inventory Management
  • Merchandise Planning
  • Omni Planning/Channel Planning
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Product Lifecycle Management


  • Unified Commerce/Omni-channel
  • Tactical & Strategic Plans
  • Process Re-engineering
  • System Implementation
  • Organizational Design
  • Retail Consultant


  • The Children’s Place
  • ascena
  • Ann Inc
  • Lands’ End
  • Gap Inc
  • Banana Republic

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