Retail Skills

July 11, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan fashion retailer ODEL has appointed an international retail sales specialist William R Pinkston, III, as its Chief Operating Officer, a statement said. In his career, Pinkston has specialised in store operations, expense reduction and control, product and visual merchandising, brand development, store concept design and project management for performance improvement.

Mr. Pinkston™s vast experience and skills in many aspects of retail operations will be an invaluable asset to ODEL at this juncture, ODEL founder and chief executive Otara Gunewardene said.

His knowledge is what we need as we embark on our next phase of growth.

Pinkston has over 25 years of experience in retail operations in the fashion and entertainment sectors with leading international brands such as Gap Inc. and J. Crew, a multi-channel retailer in the USA.

He has also held key positions in retail management at several other large corporate institutions including Six Flags, a popular chain of theme parks and Gymboree Corporation, a specialty retailer currently operating more than 630 stores in USA and Canada, selling high-quality apparel and accessori