Melissa Worth is the SVP North America at New Balance Athletics, a top global manufacturer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. She leads the North America business for New Balance and is responsible for retail, wholesale, e-commerce, marketing, and operations for the region with dotted functions including merchandising and finance. In this role, Worth drives the elevation and reach of New Balance’s brand each day — bringing vision, motivation, and deep industry expertise. Worth leads with a future vision that drives both the brand and the team to be highly competitive in today’s ever-changing environment. She empowers those around her and believes that building that trust, elicits dynamic results in their performance and the overall business.
Prior to joining the New Balance team in 2018, Worth was the President of Perry Ellis International, a leading designer, distributor and licensor of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances.
During her 13 years at Perry Ellis, Worth built a team that cultivated the brand’s omni-channel approach and paved a path for the integration of technology and apparel, leading to a new and versatile product offering for the male consumer, and making Perry Ellis a true innovator in the category.
As a retail industry veteran and brand innovator, Worth has a deep knowledge of the space that she accumulated throughout career. Worth joined Perry Ellis in 2006 as a Planner and rose through the ranks, holding high level executive positions across multiple facets of the business including Executive Vice President of Perry Ellis, Senior Vice President of Menswear Operations, Vice President of Retail and Wholesale Planning and Director of Special Projects. She has been recognized for her accomplishments by receiving multiple honors including the President's Award, and Employee of the Year. Worth previously held positions at Puma and TJX, which included an executive training program. Worth discovered her inherent passion for retail when she held positions as Store Manager at Esprit and Filene’s post-college.
Worth holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Miami and sits on the University’s President’s Council. She is on the board of Bottomless Closet, a non-profit that works to reduce barriers NYC women face in the search for employment and provides on-going support so they can succeed in their professional life. She is also a mentor for WOMEN Unlimited, INC, as well as a judge for the YMA, Fashion Scholarship Fund. She splits her time between Boston, and New York where she resides with her family.