As one of the world’s leading luxury womenswear brands, ESCADA stands for modern elegance, cool glamour, and sensual femininity. The brand, founded in 1978 by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley, provides a distinct sense of refined quality, workmanship, and excellent fit and is characterized by color, print, and the love for detail.
Under the two product lines ESCADA and ESCADA SPORT the brand offers its customers a lifestyle concept for dressing, filled with everything from must-have daywear for business and leisure to glamorous eveningwear. Apart from ready-to-wear, shoes and bags, the product range offers ESCADA fragrances, eyewear, watches and jewelry.
The ESCADA Group operates in 24 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. With around 1,100 points of sale, ESCADA is present in 80 countries worldwide.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)
Iris Epple-Righi is the CEO of the ESCADA Group since September 1, 2016. Mrs Epple-Righi has considerable experience in international apparel brands. For the past 13 years she has worked for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, both owned by PVH Corp., most recently as President Brand Management for Calvin Klein Europe.
Before Calvin Klein, Iris Epple-Righi worked for Tommy Hilfiger, where she was responsible for several years for their retail business and later for the product.
Mrs Epple-Righi started her career at the German department store Breuninger, where she also held a number of positions over 14 years. She has a Master of Business degree from Eberhard Karls University in Germany.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) UND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)
Jörg Wahlers is CFO and COO of the ESCADA Group. In his function as COO and CFO he is responsible for Finance and Operations. In addition, he is also in charge of IT, Logistics, Legal and Human Resources.
Most recently, since May 2011, Jörg Wahlers served as Chief Financial Officer of Villeroy & Boch Group, the ceramics manufacturer.
After his training as a financial consultant Mr. Wahlers joined Kraft Jacobs Suchard in Bremen in 1991. In 1995 he started at Effem GmbH, a subsidiary of Mars, as Financial Services Manager. In 1999 he took over at Campbell’s Germany as Finance Director. In 2005, he became Finance Director Central Europe at Reckitt Benckiser and in 2009 he took over as Finance Director for Southern Europe.
CHAIRMAN OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
Megha Mittal studied Business at the renowned Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed a degree in Interior Design. Having begun her career in her family's own textiles company, she went on to work as a business analyst at Goldman Sachs.
In 2009 Megha Mittal became Chairman of the Advisory Board at ESCADA.