Ruth Sommers

Ruth is an accomplished retail executive with a proven track record of sustained operating excellence across global production, sourcing, product development, and operations. With more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience, Ruth has earned a strong reputation as a results-oriented visionary and specialist in strategy, resource allocation, talent development, and production function optimization.

Ruth was most recently the Chief Sourcing and Production Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where she was responsible for $1B in annual FOB spend and 120 teammates. Previously, she was Managing Director of the Ann Taylor Corporation’s Overseas Offices where she optimized the HR, Finance, IT, Project Management, and Logistics functions, while fostering closer collaboration with the corporate office.

Ruth spent fifteen years at Victoria’s Secret Direct Production (VSDP)/Mast Industries, where she rose to the role of Executive Vice President Production and Sourcing and Member of both VSDP/Mast Executive teams. While there, Ruth established Mast's office in Sri Lanka (MISA) and served as Regional Production Director with responsibilities for Far East and South Asia.

Ruth earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Lake Forest College.