Stein Mart Appoints Brown Chief Financial Officer

Stein Mart has appointed James Brown as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective December 17.

Brown joins Stein Mart from Adrianna Papell Group, where he was CFO. He previously held CFO positions at Gordmans Stores and Hancock Fabrics and was svp/finance with Fred’s, Inc. Brown will have responsibility for Stein Mart’s finance, internal audit, investor relations and asset protection areas.

“James’ strong financial and retail industry background, including off-price experience, makes him a great addition to our team,” said D. Hunt Hawkins, CEO, Stein Mart. “His leadership and strategic insight will complement our efforts and build on the progress we have already made to strengthen our financial position.”

Brown succeeds Gregory Kleffner, whose pending retirement was announced in October. To ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities, Kleffner will remain with the company through the end of the fiscal year and then serve in an advisory capacity.