Destination XL Group on Monday announced the appointment of Dara Pauker as the company’s chief operating officer.
Pauker has been working with the men’s big and tall retailer as a consultant since December 2021. Before founding her consulting company, Dauntless Decisions, Pauker was president and general manager of Ghd North America and served as the CEO of North America for Custo Barcelona. Pauker also has held executive positions at Liz Claiborne and The Jones Group.
The company’s chief stores officer, chief merchandising officer, senior vice president of global sourcing and senior vice president of technology will report to Pauker.
“Working with Dara on the Company’s long-range business development and strategic plan, I have been consistently impressed by both her strategic acumen and her ability to collaboratively help us define growth and operational initiatives,” Harvey Kanter, president and CEO of Destination XL Group, said in a statement. “Dara’s appointment emphasizes our commitment to transforming and growing our business,” he continued.
Destination XL previously made regular appearances on default and bankruptcy watchlists, but last year posted record profit and sales after nearly a decade in the red.
“At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, DXL was in survival mode, and we took both meaningful and sometimes difficult actions to ensure that we would live to fight another day,” Kanter said during last year’s Q4 earnings. “During that time, we also began to set the table, so to speak, to build towards long-term success.”