APPOINTMENts & Departures
Quiksilver Names Anton Nistl President of DC Shoes’ Americas Business
Anton Nistl has been named the new president of its DC Shoes business in the Americas.

Nistl’s appointment marks the culmination of an executive search which began after Quiksilver, Inc. [NYSE: ZQK] decided in June to refinance its business, putting an end to alternate strategic paths which included the potential sale of DC. Most recently, Nistl was Senior Vice President of Sales at Vida Shoes International, a licensee of fashion footwear brands including Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Pastry, Run Athletics, J-41, Esprit, Osh Kosh and Carters Kids. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Adidas, Fossil and Saucony. In his new role, Nistl reports to Craig Stevenson, President of Quiksilver Americas.

In related news, the company announced that it had reached an agreement with DC Shoes co-founder and professional rally car driver, Ken Block, formalizing an endorsement arrangement with him as one of DC’s premier athletes, in addition to his Chief Brand Officer responsibilities.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “I’m pleased to welcome Anton to the DC team. Through Anton’s appointment and other recent management changes, we are determined to maximize this great brand’s strategic opportunities within the Americas region. Outside the U.S., DC will leverage our regional infrastructure to continue to capture market share. In addition, Anton and I will be working in close collaboration with DC co-founder Ken Block with a renewed commitment to refocus the brand on its core skate values including a realignment of product innovation and brand positioning. As we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times, I’m confident that a return to DC’s foundation of core technical skate products, marketing and distribution and a further integration of DC into Quiksilver’s newly streamlined operation will better position us for years to come.”

Visit: Quiksilver, Inc. [14 September 2009]

Paul Marxhant



Paul Marchant made Chief Exec at Primark/Penneys
The insightful members of management at Associated British Foods plc [LSE: ABF], are to implement some senior personnel changes to ensure the company's current success, continues well into the future.

From the 13th of September 2009, Paul Marchant is to become Chief Executive of Primark/Penneys. Arthur Ryan, currently Chairman and Chief Executive, will retain his role as Chairman.

Paul Marchant ascent through the company has been quick. Since joining Primark in January this year, as Chief Operating Officer, Marchant has brought with him a wealth of experience in retailing. Since then, both Ryan and Marchant have been working together to develop the business and continue its growth in the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe.

Arthur Ryan said: “I am extremely proud of all that Primark has achieved. As Chairman, I am looking forward to working with Paul to ensure the ongoing success and future development of the business.”

Paul Marchant said: “This role is one of the most exciting in international retail and I am looking forward to working with Arthur Ryan and the rest of the Primark board to build on the success of the business to date.”

George Weston, Chief Executive of Associated British Foods, said: “Since Paul joined Primark earlier this year, he and Arthur have been working together to drive its growth. Paul will now take on day-to-day control.

Arthur is the creator, driving force and inspiration behind the business and will continue to bring his enormous expertise and experience to its development in his role as Chairman.”

Visit: Primark [11 September 2009]

David Butler

Clogau Gold

  david butler appointed head of global sales at Clogau Gold
Clogau Gold has appointed David Butler as its new Head of Global Sales.

Following another successful year for Clogau, Butler’s arrival to the company marks a considerable milestone for the brand, representing their dedication to the expanding Travel Retail sector of the company.

David’s previous life was working within the Travel Retail sector for Hot Diamonds where he was an integral part of the team that generated much interest in the brands Duty Free launch five years ago.

Clogau also takes this opportunity to expand their exhibiting prowess by launching their first ever independent stand at the TFWA exhibition in Cannes where they will proudly exhibit more than 45 new items in their current range.

The luxurious collection of jewellery exhibited by Clogau at the TWFA will this year be joined by an exclusive range of giftware; Clogau Gold has been granted the official Licence for Jewellery and Giftware for the Ryder Cup 2010. In light of this, Clogau will be running a four foot putt contest and at the end of each day a luxury prize will be awarded to a lucky competitor.

Clogau can be found at D35 stand in Yellow Village.

Visit: Clogau Gold | TFWA [10 September 2009]




Paul rosengard to leave perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International [NASDAQ:PERY] announced that Paul Rosengard Group President of Perry Ellis and Premium Brands is leaving his position to pursue other interests.

"We want to thank Paul for his four years of service to Perry Ellis International. He helped guide our Perry Ellis brand through a difficult period of retail consolidations, major changes in the competitive landscape and the most difficult consumer environment since the 1930’s. We wish Paul the best in his new endeavours," remarked Perry Ellis International Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis.

Following Rosengard's departure, Shawna Smith-Hogan (Ms) will assume the role of interim head of the division until a successor is selected. Smith-Hogan will be reporting directly to Oscar Feldenkreis, President and COO of Perry Ellis International.

Smith-Hogan has been the Executive Vice President of Sales for Perry Ellis Collection since July of 2008. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Claiborne Sportswear at Liz Claiborne, Inc.

Visit: Perry Ellis International [5 August 2009]

Mark Bryden

Timberland Company


Mark Bryden is to become the Vice President and General Manager of the Timberland Company's [NYSE: TBL] North American operations. In this newly-created role, Bryden will be responsible for all marketing, retail, wholesale and ecommerce business.

Mark joins Timberland following three years as President and General Manager of SmartWool Corporation, a leading outdoor performance brand which was acquired by Timberland in 2005. During his tenure, SmartWool has seen record growth with the launch of sport and lifestyle apparel, expanded into international markets, and received numerous accolades including two consecutive years among the top 10 of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.

Prior to joining SmartWool, Mark spent 26 years at Levi Strauss & Co.

“I couldn’t be more pleased about Mark’s transition,” said Jeffrey Swartz, Timberland’s President and CEO. “Having worked closely with him at SmartWool for the past several years, I have complete confidence in his talent and experience, and most importantly, in his ability to lead teams focused on execution of Timberland’s strategic plans. I look forward to his leadership of our North American team.”

SmartWool simultaneously announced that Mark Satkiewicz, Vice President of Sales, has been promoted to fill the role of President and General Manager vacated by Bryden. Satkiewicz will be responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the SmartWool global brand.

Mark Bryden will relocate to Stratham, New Hampshire and will report to President and CEO Jeffrey Swartz.

All leadership changes are effective immediately.

Visit: Timberland | SmartWool Corporation [28 July 2009]

hubert joly

polo ralph lauren


Hubert Joly Joins Polo Ralph Lauren's Board of Directors
Polo Ralph Lauren [NYSE: RL] has announced that Hubert Joly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Companies, Inc. has joined the Company’s Board of Directors.

“We are excited to welcome Hubert Joly to our Board of Directors. His vast experience and expertise in hospitality and customer service on a global scale will provide us with a new perspective as we continue to strengthen and expand our business around the world,” said Ralph Lauren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polo Ralph Lauren.

Since 2008 Joly has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson, a private company operating in the areas of hospitality and marketing. He also serves as a member of Carlson’s board of directors. Joly joined Carlson in 2004 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Joly’s recruitment brings the number of Directors on the Company’s Board to eleven.

Visit: Polo Ralph Lauren[2 July 2009]

Kathy Lee

bebe stores inc.


bebe stores recruit Kathy Lee to Chief Merchandising Officer
bebe stores, inc. [Nasdaq:BEBE] announced the appointment of Kathy Lee to Chief Merchandising Officer.

Kathy has an extensive retail background with more than 28 years of experience in both specialty retail and department stores, most recently as the SVP of Merchandising with Forever 21.

“Kathy is a former GMM of bebe who worked with me extensively while building an acute awareness of what the bebe woman wanted. We are very excited to have her back in the bebe family managing Merchandising, Design and Planning and Allocation. Kathy’s intimate knowledge of our core client combined with her strong fashion sense makes her the right choice for this position,” said Manny Mashouf, bebe’s Chairman and CEO.

Visit: Bebe [25 June 2009]

Alistair gosling

Extreme Group


Extreme's Al Gosling joins the board of online Urban fashion retailer
Budding retail star Robby Sur, the 26 year old MD and founder of the UK’s leading online urban fashion retailer Yukka Group, has announced Alistair Gosling CEO and founder of the Extreme Group, has been appointed as Non Executive Chairman. Gosling has also acquired an equity stake in Yukka.

The Yukka Group is comprised of the multi brand online Hip Hop and Urban Street wear fashion stores and

With more than two million visitors (last year), the website retails in excess of 2500 products from 60 plus exclusive designer urban fashion brands such as: LRG, Adidas Originals, RocaWear, Ecko, G-Unit, Two Angle, Ringspun, Zoo York, Ed Hardy etc.; as well as its own in-house stand alone street wear fashion brand Zen & Fuka.

“Al founded the Extreme Group of companies at a similar age to myself” says Robby. We share the same energy and passion for building upon our success and I am confident that he is the perfect choice to help drive the YukkaGroup to further and greater success”.

Visit: Yukka | Yukka Deluxe [8 June 2009]

martha Wikstrom

richemont SA Group


Martha (Marty) Wikstrom (Ms.) has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Richemont SA Group's Fashion and Accessories Businesses. In her new role, which she will undertake with immediate effect, Wikstrom responsibilities will include Richemont's Alfred Dunhill, Lancel, Chloé Azzedine Aläia and Shanghai Tang Maisons brands. She will be based in London and will report to Johann Rupert, Richemont's Executive Chairman.

Commenting on Wikstrom's appointment, Johann Rupert said "I am delighted that Marty has accepted our invitation to join the Group in an executive capacity to head up our fashion and accessories businesses. The creation of this new position and Marty’s appointment reaffirms Richemont’s commitment to our fashion and accessories Maisons®. Marty brings to Richemont her considerable experience and knowledge of how to build and nurture enduring consumer relationships across a breadth of brands and product categories. She has the proven ability to translate extraordinary customer service into business expansion."

Wikstrom has served as a non-executive director of Compagnie Financiére Richemont SA since 2005. She will remain a member of the Board of the Company in an executive capacity. She has extensive experience in speciality retailing, having been President of Nordstrom's Full Line Store Group in the USA and Managing Director of Harrods Limited. Wikstrom is a founding partner in Atelier Management, LLC, which specialises in the acquisition and development of luxury brands.

Visit: Richemont [29 May 2009]

andre cohen

Coach Inc.


Strengthens International Leadership in Asia with new Appointment
Coach [NYSE: COH] has appointed Andre Cohen to President of Coach China. Cohen will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing the company’s China strategy, focused on raising brand awareness and rapidly growing distribution in this emerging market for luxury accessories — when he takes up his new position in June 2009. Based in Hong Kong, he will have responsibility for the strategic leadership and operating results of Coach China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, reporting to Victor Luis, President and CEO, Coach China & Japan.

Since joining Coach from Timberland in February 2008 as Senior Vice President of Coach International, Cohen has provided significant leadership to support its rapid expansion, identifying new growth markets building infrastructure and strengthening the team. His appointment to this critical role for Coach is a reflection of his accomplishments and extensive prior experience in the region building businesses.

"We are extremely pleased that Andre will be leading our Coach China team. He will be focused on brand building, growing our multi-channel model and driving our business in the region, positioning us to achieve our target of $250 million in retail sales and 10 per cent market share over the next five years. Andre is a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader who has demonstrated the ability to build strong teams, retail businesses and partnerships to achieve outstanding results. His talents and experience qualify him to drive Coach’s growth in the region as we continue to leverage the global vibrancy of our brand and relevance of our product offering," said Ian Bickley, President, Coach International.

Lew Frankfort, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc., added, “We’re building a strong team to drive our nascent Coach China retail business — focused on accelerating growth in this emerging region for luxury accessories. Clearly, China is already becoming a significant market for imported brands that will grow rapidly over the next several years, as personal income and consumer spending increase to support the level of retail development that is already present in this market. Our goal is to become a leading fashion accessories brand in China and we have made great strides in the region to date.”

The company recently completed the acquisition of all Coach retail businesses in China and now operates 26 locations in the region. These are comprised of eight locations in Hong Kong, two in Macau and 16 on the Mainland, including four in Shanghai and four in Beijing. The company expects to open about 50 additional locations in China during the next five years.

"Coach is a brand that is emerging as a leader in the handbag and accessories market in China," Cohen stated. "The company has tremendous momentum, a clearly articulated vision and well-defined strategies in place for continued growth in the region. I am delighted to be spearheading this important initiative and look forward to leading the Coach China team and driving our future success."

Visit: Coach [12 May 2009]

julie rosen

gap inc.


Gap Inc. [NYSE: GPS] has announced that Julie Rosen is returning to the company as senior vice president of merchandising for Banana Republic, reporting to Jack Calhoun. A 15-year veteran of the company, Rosen will lead all product merchandising for Banana Republic, including men’s, women’s and accessories, as well as manage licensing relationships with third-party vendors.

“Julie is a tremendously talented merchant and leader who keenly understands our brand and customer,” said Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun. “We’re thrilled to have her back, especially during these challenging economic times for consumers where product differentiation and distinct assortments are so vital to a brand’s success.”

Rosen held a similar role at Banana Republic during much of the 1990’s, and was part of the team that successfully repositioned the brand as an affordable luxury shopping destination. Between 1991 and 2006, she held merchandising roles of increasing responsibility at Gap Inc., including her role as head of merchandising for Gap brand. After leaving Gap in 2006, Rosen served as a strategic consultant to several apparel retail brands including Theory, Nike and luxury brand Chrome Hearts.

“I grew up here, and I’m delighted to be back,” said Rosen. “Banana Republic is a strong brand with an incredible legacy, and I’m looking forward to helping the team take the brand forward.”

She starts on May 26th.

Visit: Gap Inc. [5 May 2009]

ronald van der vis



Esprit continues strategic direction with new Group CEO
Esprit Holdings Limited announced that Ronald van der Vis (41) will join Esprit on the 22nd of June 2009 and will be appointed as Executive Director on that date. Following a transition period, Van der Vis will be appointed as Group CEO on or before the 1st of November 2009. In his future role as Executive Director and Group CEO, he will assume responsibility for the total Group with a special focus on the Esprit brand.

Current Chairman and Group CEO, Heinz Krogner, will simultaneously resign as Group CEO upon Van der Vis succeeding his role as Group CEO. Krogner will actively participate as Executive Chairman to ensure a smooth transition and he intends to remain as Executive Chairman until December 2010. Krogner will then actively participate as Executive Chairman and continue his strategic involvement in steering the Company’s success as well as providing leadership to the Board.

Van der Vis is a lifestyle-conscious CEO with 11 years of brand building and retail experience in an international environment. Since 2004 he is the Group CEO of Pearle Europe, a leading inter-national retail group operating 2,600 stores (of which 600 are franchise stores) in 24 countries with sales of €1.5 billion.

“Ronald is an excellent match for the Esprit family, both in terms of business background and personality. His appointment as Esprit’s new Group CEO is particularly based on his successful international retail experience. Since over 50 per cent of Esprit’s sales is based on wholesales to independent stores, it is important that Esprit is headed by a CEO who understands the requirements of our retail partners. We are confident that Ronald will provide outstanding leadership for our company,” said Heinz Krogner, Chairman and Group CEO.

“I am delighted and honoured to join Esprit and to continue the excellent achievements so far under the leadership of Heinz Krogner. I am excited to further capitalize on Esprit’s full international potential in the coming years,” said Ronald van der Vis.

Visit: Esprit [7 April 2009]

Howard Behar and Penelope Hughes

gap inc.


GAP INC. downsizes to cut costs
With shop floor workers often being the first victims of cost cutting exercises by management, The Gap Inc. [NYSE: GPS] Board of Directors, has refreshingly considered the structure of its own board and decided to reduce its size, from 13 to 10 members. The company has also cut the compensation for remaining Board members for 2009, by reducing both the annual cash retainer and stock compensation by 15 per cent.

In move that is sure to boost the moral of Gap's employees, Glenn Murphy, Chairman and CEO of Gap Inc., has volunteered to cut his annual salary by 15 per cent, and merit-based salary increases were eliminated for most headquarters employees for 2009.

As part of this announcement, two members of the Board — Howard Behar and Penelope Hughes — agreed not to stand for re-election for a new term in May 2009 at the time of the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. In addition, company co-founder Doris Fisher has decided not to stand for re-election at that time and will assume the role of honorary lifetime director.

"This is an appropriate time for us to look at the size and structure of our Board of Directors,” said Glenn Murphy, Chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. “All of us at Gap Inc. are deeply indebted to the hard work and dedication of Howard Behar and Penny Hughes on our Board of Directors, and we’re grateful for their many contributions."

“We’re also delighted Doris Fisher will remain involved with the company through a new role — as an honorary lifetime director of the company — that allows her to continue to be an inspiring role model for our leaders and employees,” Murphy added.

In the 2008 fiscal year, the company reduced its operating expenses by $478 million, and the savings described above are in line with the company’s simplification and cost management philosophy.

Visit: Gap Inc. [18 March 2009]

alberto Nathansohn

Benetton Group

  Alberto Nathansohn to join the Benetton Group as Chief Financial Officer
Alberto Nathansohn
will join the Benetton Group as Chief Financial Officer.

Nathansohn, 51, has acquired extensive experience with Bulgari and Eurofly Service SpA, as well as with the Pirelli Group, where he held positions of responsibility both in Italy and abroad.

He will begin his tenure at Benetton on the 1st of May 2009.

Visit: Benetton Group [18 March 2009]

Wendy Dagworthy

Graduate Fashion Week


Prof. Wendy Dagworthy Added to GFW Board of Trustees Professor Wendy Dagworthy is to join the Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) board of trustees.

The Professor, who is Head of School and Head of Department at the RCA’s School of Fashion and Textiles, and has been described as “The High Priestess of Fashion”; is one of the founders of London Fashion Week.

Professor Dagworthy also has huge influence as the head of fashion at Central St Martins (1989-98) and the Royal College of Art (since 1998). She commented: “It is important that the Royal College of Art has a close relationship with Graduate Fashion Week. This gives us an insight into what’s happening with the BA courses as their students are our future. Hosting an event in London to showcase students work on a professional level provides a great opportunity and is of critical importance, particularly now, when young talent needs to be nurtured.”

Visit: Graduate Fashion Week [13 March 2009]

gary Rubin

Perry Ellis


Perry Ellis strengthens Direct-to-Consumer Division with New President
Perry Ellis International [NASDAQ: PERY] has promoted Gary Rubin to President of its Direct-to-Consumer Division.

In his new role, (effective immediately), Mr. Rubin will be responsible for improving the strength and profitability of the entire direct-to-consumer channel, including retail stores and e-commerce websites for all of Perry Ellis International brands while reinforcing their national and international reach.

Gary joined Perry Ellis International in 2006, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Merchandise and Design for lifestyle brands. He brings more than 25 years of retail experience to his new role, including merchandising and management positions at leading retailers such as Parisians, Beall’s, Saks Inc., and May Company.

“Direct-to-consumer is one of the key growth areas for Perry Ellis International today and in the future,” commented Oscar Feldenkreis, President and COO of Perry Ellis International.

“We are extremely pleased that Gary has accepted this new opportunity, Gary’s experience and proven ability at Perry Ellis are expected to add immediate value to our retail businesses. We look forward to his leadership, expertise and managerial insights to maximize the potential of our direct-to-consumer division."

Visit: Perry Ellis | Original Penguin | C&C California | Cube Vera [9 March 2009]

craig R Stapleton

Abercrombie & Fitch Co's

  Abercrombie & Fitch Elects Craig R. Stapleton Director
Craig R. Stapleton has been appointed director by Abercrombie & Fitch Co's. [NYSE: ANF] board.

Mr. Stapleton served as United States ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001 until 2004 and as United States ambassador to France from 2005 until his resignation upon the inauguration of President Obama.

"Craig Stapleton brings a wonderful mixture of business experience and international savvy that our Nominating and Board Governance Committee and our Board found compelling, particularly as Abercrombie & Fitch continues its international expansion efforts," said Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Abercrombie & Fitch.

"We believe that A&F and its stockholders will benefit greatly from his counsel."

Visit: Abercrombie & Fitch [13 February 2009]

david Zoba

gap inc.

David Zoba has joined Gap Inc. [NYSE: GPS], as senior vice president of Corporate Real Estate.

In this role, Zoba will work closely with the company’s Brand presidents in developing and delivering on the company’s commitment to optimize its global real estate fleet. Zoba will report to Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc., and serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

“David has impressive credentials gained during his career in real estate over the past three decades: he’s developed real estate strategies for retailers and has worked directly for both landlords and real estate developers,” said Glenn Murphy, Chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. “He’s the ideal leader to guide our global real estate strategy.”

In the past year, Gap Inc. has developed a comprehensive store-by-store real estate strategy to realize the full potential from the company’s real estate portfolio. The company has also identified global opportunities to expand its portfolio of brands through both owned-and-operated stores and agreements with franchise partners.

Visit: Gap Inc. [11 February 2009]

Robert L. Mettler
Margaret H. Georgiadis

Jones Apparel Group Inc.


Mettler & Georgiadis Elected to the Jones Apparel Group's, Board of Directors
Jones Apparel Group, Inc. [NYSE: JNY] announced that Robert L. Mettler and Margaret H. Georgiadis have been elected to the Jones Apparel Group, Inc. Board of Directors.

Mr. Mettler retired from Macy's, Inc. at the end of last month (January), where he had been serving the past year as President for Special Projects, reporting to Macy's chief executive officer. Ms. Georgiadis was most recently Executive Vice President of Card Products and Chief Marketing Officer, and a member of the Executive Committee of Discover Financial Services.

Mettler and Georgiadis inclusion on the board, brings the number of directors deemed to be independent directors under the Company's Director Independence Standards, to seven out of the total of ten directors.

Visit: Jones Apparel Group Inc. [2 February 2009]

Mark Breitbard

gap Inc.


Mark Breitbard will return to Gap Inc. [NYSE: GPS] as Chief Merchandising and Creative Officer — leading design and merchandising functions for Old Navy.

Breitbard, 40, will guide product strategy for the brand from design conception to product assortment through to its final presentation in stores.

“Mark is an amazingly talented retailer — and we’re thrilled he’s joining us to infuse an even higher level of creative spirit to the Old Navy brand,” said Tom Wyatt, President of Old Navy. “Both within Gap Inc. and at other top specialty apparel retailers, he has achieved success creating clothes for each member of our target customer’s family."

Breitbard joins Old Navy from Levi Strauss & Co, where he was President of the retail division since 2007. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager at Abercrombie and Fitch, where he had responsibility for all aspects of launching its RUEHL brand, from design concept through store presentation.

For eight-years, from 1997 to 2005, Breitbard held key merchandising roles within each of Gap Inc.’s brands. During this time, he quickly rose through the ranks — through a variety of merchandising roles at Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic — ultimately serving as a senior vice president. Some of his key product area responsibilities during his tenure at Gap Inc. included Old Navy men’s denim, Banana Republic’s suiting business and being part of the team that launched the Gap body.

“I couldn’t be more energized than to join Old Navy at this crucial time,” said Breitbard. “I am passionate about great apparel brands and want to be part of the team that invigorates Old Navy.”

He will report directly to Tom Wyatt, President of Old Navy.

Visit: Gap Inc. [28 January 2009]

Michael S. Jeffries

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

  Abercrombie & Fitch Enters Into New Employment Agreement with Chairman & CEO
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. [NYSE: ANF] has entered into a new employment agreement with Michael S. Jeffries (Mr) , the Company's chairman and chief executive officer.

Jeffries' prior employment agreement was scheduled to expire on the 31st of December 2008. The new employment agreement, which is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the 22nd of December 2008 (as an exhibit to a Form 8-K), is scheduled to expire on the 1st of February 2014.

Visit: Abercrombie & Fitch [22 December 2008]

Andrew McLean

Urban Outfitters Inc.


Urban Outfitters, Inc. Names Andrew McLean Chief Operating Officer, Europe
Urban Outfitters, Inc. [Nasdaq:URBN] has appointed Andrew McLean, to the newly-created position of chief operating officer for the company's European operating divisions.

McLean will begin his new job on the 5th of January 2009 and will be responsible for all European shared service operations, including finance, logistics, development and talent acquisition, for the Company's retail brands Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, as well as wholesale brands Free People and Leifsdottir.

"We are delighted that Urban Outfitter's expansion in the UK and the rest of Europe has been met with so much success," said Glen T. Senk, Chief Executive Officer. "We are committed to continued growth abroad. Andrew's significant experience in retail and operations will make him extremely valuable to Urban Outfitters at this important juncture."

McLean joins Urban Outfitters, Inc. from Liz Claiborne Inc. where he worked since 2003, most recently as president of the outlet division. Prior to Liz Claiborne Inc. McLean served as senior director, controller at Gap brand.

Visit: Urban Outfitters [11 December 2008]

George Davies

Marks & Spencer


Marks & Spencer [LSE: MKS] announced that George Davies, the man behind the company's Per Una brand, is retiring as part-time Chairman of range and will step down at the end of December 2008.

Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman said: “George has done a fantastic job in establishing Per Una and building it into a significant brand. We are immensely grateful to him for all he has done for M&S and wish him well for the future.”

Melanie Davies, Per Una Business Unit Director and George's daughter, will also be leaving the Company.

Andrew Skinner is appointed Trading Director for Per Una reporting to Kate Bostock, in addition to his role of Director of GM Planning. Helen Low, Womenswear Head of Design for Casualwear, will become Product & Design Director for Per Una.

In addition, the following appointments have been made: Annette Browne is promoted to Trading Director for Women’s Casualwear, Limited Collection and Knitwear and Bernadette Lusher is promoted to Trading Director for Women’s Formalwear, Footwear and Accessories; Julian Kilmartin, Trading Director for Menswear, will be leaving the business and will be replaced by Richard Price, currently Head of Merchandising for Womenswear.

Visit: Marks & Spencer [18 November 2008]

Jonathan E. Ramsden

Abercrombie & Fitch


Abercrombie & Fitch Names Jonathan E. Ramsden Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. [NYSE: ANF] seems to be responding (in earnest) to the downturn in the global economy.

Jonathan E. Ramsden — the former chief financial officer and a member of the executive team of advertising agency TBWA Worldwide, (a division of Omnicom Group Inc. [NYSE: OMC]; whom he has served for the past ten years) — has been named as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch said: "Jonathan came to us by way of a nationwide executive search for a new chief financial officer. We were extremely impressed by several of the candidates, but Jonathan clearly stood out above the rest."

Jeffries added: "I believe his long-time experience in the highly charged, creative atmosphere of TBWA Worldwide and Omnicom Group will serve him well at Abercrombie & Fitch, and I look forward to working with Jonathan as we continue to position our strong brands for the long term and steer Abercrombie & Fitch through the presently very challenging retail environment."

Ramsden will take up his new role in early to mid-December 2008.

Visit: Abercrombie & Fitch [7 November 2008]

Georgina Chapman



Georgina Chapman to guest Design for Garrard
Georgina Chapman, the British designer and co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, will unveil a limited edition collection of fine jewellery for avant-garde London-based jewellery house, Garrard.

The Collection, Georgina Chapman for Garrard, will launch in Fall 2009.

"Georgina has made her mark in the fashion world with timeless designs of architectural wonder and opulence — harnessing both a formal reserve and modern day elegance. Georgina's passion for art, fashion and jewellery combined with Garrard's strong heritage and exceptional craftsmanship, will allow us to offer our clientele a fresh take on classic Garrard collections," said Terri Eagle, President and Chief Executive Officer for Garrard.

"I am thrilled to be collaborating with Garrard. This is a unique opportunity for me to work with a truly iconic brand with such a rich heritage and to translate my design aesthetic into jewellery," said Chapman.

Georgina Chapman and her business partner Keren Craig, launched Marchesa in 2004 and have established a loyal fan base including fashionistas: Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba, Renee Zellweger and many other A-listers, who turn to Marchesa for statement, beautifully crafted designs that fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic which is perfect for the red carpet.

Chapman is a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art and began her career as a costume designer.

Visit: Garrard | Marchesa [21 October 2008]

jan du Plessis

Marks & Spencer


Marks & Spencer Appoint Jan Du Plessis as Non-Executive Director
Marks & Spencer Group plc [LSE: MKS], has appointed Jan du Plessis as a Non-Executive Director.

Plessis will take up the post on the 1st of November 2008.

Commenting on the appointment, Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jan du Plessis, who will bring a wide range of international business experience and brand knowledge.”

Sir David Michels, Marks & Spencer’s Deputy Chairman said: “This appointment of Jan strengthens our governance credentials and we are delighted to welcome him to Marks & Spencer.”

Jan du Plessis said: “I look forward to participating in the further development of M&S — surely one of the most iconic and potentially valuable of British brands.”

Visit: Marks & Spencer [16 October 2008]

Kevin Roche



global retail design innovator Kevin Roche Joins Callison
Kevin Roche has joined retail design firm Callison, as Principal in retail design practice.

With more than 30 years experience, Roche brings expertise in marketing and business development, design management, retail design and brand design working with leading retail, hospitality and global consumer brands. As CEO of FRCH Design Worldwide from 1975 to 1999, he led global efforts to increase the firm's retail market share with clients including Calvin Klein, Barnes and Noble, Limited Brands, Timberland, Disney Retail and Samsung. As Senior Vice President with LVMH’s DFS Group Ltd. he directed marketing and design initiatives in six global regions. Roche served most recently as a consultant and acting executive director for store planning, design and construction with Karstadt Department Stores. He is an established international keynote speaker in the branding, design and marketing industries.

“We welcome Kevin’s global expertise from both the client and industry side,” said Paula Stafford, Callison Executive Vice President. “He will serve as a Callison ambassador and market strategist to reinforce our standing as the world’s leading retail design firm.”

Roche joins Callison’s retail leadership team to further develop diversity and depth in the firm’s retail design offerings and increase visibility in the industry. Known and respected globally as a retail expert, he will provide business development leadership to grow the retail practice and reinforce the firm’s leading position in retail design.

“Design has become a crucial competitive advantage for leading global corporations,” said Roche. “I could not be more enthused with the opportunity to work alongside the world-class professionals at Callison, realizing my personal ambition of the continuous elevation of holistic design as the differentiator in today’s global community.”

Callison, plans and designs retail, hospitality, mixed-use, residential, corporate and healthcare projects worldwide. With offices in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Shanghai, London, Dubai, Mexico City and Bangalore, Callison is one of the largest architectural design firms based in the United States with 800 professional staff. Clients include: Nordstrom, Microsoft, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, AT&T, Boeing, Raymond James, Harrods, FedEx, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, HP, Hilton, Nike, Seibu Department Stores of Japan and General Growth Properties.

Visit: Callison [7 October 2008]

James Bidwell

Urban Outfitters Inc.

  James Bidwell named Managing Director of Anthropologie Europe
Urban Outfitters Inc. (Nasdaq:URBN) has appointed James Bidwell to the newly created position of Managing Director of Anthropologie Europe; in anticipation of the brands expansion into Europe and the opening of their new London office.

Bidwell joins Anthropologie from Visit London, formerly the London Tourist Board, where he has served as Chief Executive since 2005. Prior to Visit London, he held the position of Marketing Director at Selfridges.

"We are excited that James will spearhead Anthropologie's growth in Europe and the UK," said Urban Outfitters Chief Executive Officer, Glen T. Senk whom Bidwell will report to. "James is a perfect fit with Anthropologie's culture, which values creativity, initiative and a genuine love of the customer. His significant experience in brand development and marketing combined with his global perspective will make him essential to Anthropologie's successful expansion abroad."

"Anthropologie is an amazing concept, business and brand," said James Bidwell. "By combining a truly innovative and inspirational store experience with highly creative and engaging product, I am sure that Anthropologie will be as well received in London and the rest of Europe as it is in the United States." Bidwell continued, "I am thrilled to be joining an exceptional team at a very exciting time. This is a fantastic opportunity."

Visit: Urban Outfitters [24 September 2008]

tom Murry

Melissa Goldie

Malcolm Carfrae

Calvin Klein Inc.


Calvin Klein promotes executives
Calvin Klein, Inc's. owners Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation [NYSE: PVH], announced several of the company’s senior executives — based in their New York headquarters — have been promoted within the corporate ranks, with immediate effect.

Tom Murry, who has been with the company for more than 11 years, has served as the company's President & Chief Operating Officer for the last six years and will now serve as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc.

Melissa Goldie has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, CRK Advertising, reporting directly to Murry. Most recently Goldie was the Senior Vice President, Creative Services, CRK Advertising. She will continue to be responsible for managing all creative development, strategic planning, and subsequent execution of creative between the company and its licensees. In addition to the Creative Studio, Print Production, and Broadcast Production departments that currently report to her, the Fashion Office and Global Advertising departments will now also report directly to her.

Malcolm Carfrae's title has been changed to Executive Vice President, Global Communications, reporting directly to Murry. Carfrae is responsible for the global oversight of all communications, including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Celebrity Services, and Special Events for the company's domestic and international offices, and network of agencies based around the world.

Additionally, in July 2008, Ellen Rodriguez was named Executive Vice President, Global Licensing & Marketing and Pamela Bradford has been named Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Calvin Klein, Inc.

Visit: Calvin Klein [22 September 2008]


Peter Dundas


Peter Dundas is Appointed Artistic Director of Emilio Pucci
World famous Florentine label Emilio Pucci (which was acquired by LVMH group in 2000), has announced that Peter Dundas will become Artistic Director off the label on the 1st of October 2008. Peter Dundas, who is one of the most promising designers of his generation, possesses the creative talent and personality that fit with Pucci’s spirit and with its colourful and modern identity.

Based in Florence, Peter Dundas will concentrate on the development of ready-to-wear and accessories in order to continue the rapidly expanding dynamics of the brand which today operates 47 stores across the world.

A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Peter collaborated with the Comédie Française before becoming a Designer for Jean-Paul Gaultier in 1992. He joined Christian Lacroix in the same position in 2000, then Roberto Cavalli in 2002 as Chief Designer until 2005. He was then Artistic Director for Emanuel Ungaro until 2007. He is currently collaborating with Revillon on a collection of furs.

Emilio Pucci thanked Matthew Williamson, the artistic director of the house for past three years, for the quality of his work which has allowed the label to develop and enhance its collections and business.

Visit: LVMH [19 September 2008]


Gucci Group


PATRIZIO DI MARCO To replace Mark Lee
Mark Lee’s decision not to renew his contract at its expiry date on the 31st of December 2008, means there will be a vacancy for the top position at Stella McCartney. His departure has resulted in the nomination of Patrizio di Marco (the current President and CEO of Bottega Veneta), taking up the top position at the Gucci brand. Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Stella McCartney, will become President and CEO of Bottega Veneta.

Robert Polet, President and CEO of Gucci Group said of the appointments: “First of all I wish to thank Mark for the incredible job he has done at Gucci. It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional. I am delighted to be able to announce that our strategy for internal mobility to fill our most important positions from within, has come to reality. Whilst we regret seeing one of our greatest professionals step down we are enabling our best people to continue their career path within Gucci Group. Patrizio and Marco are perfect fits for these positions and I wish them the best of success.”

Gucci Group will announce the nomination of a new CEO for Stella McCartney shortly.

The new appointments will begin their roles from the 1st of January 2008.

Visit: Gucci Group [16 September 2008]

Fabrizio Malverdi



LVMH Appoints Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO of Givenchy Couture
From October 2008, Fabrizio Malverdi will be LVMH's new Chief Executive Officer of Givenchy Couture.

Fabrizio Malverdi will report to Pierre-Yves Roussel, LVMH Fashion Division Chief Executive Officer.

Fabrizio Malverdi takes over from Marco Gobbetti who has been promoted Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celine.

Marco Gobbetti will remain on the Board of Directors of Givenchy Couture to ensure a smooth transition of roles.

Visit: LVMH [15 September 2008]

Phoebe philo

lvmh moÉt hennessy louis vuitton


Phoebe Philo and Marco Gobetti join celine
The new financial quarter has heralded two appointments at luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton.

The welcome announcement that former Chloé designer Phoebe Philo, has been named as Celine's Creative Director (replacing Ivana Omazic), is fantastic news since her absence from the design scene.

Credited for being at the heart of the revival of the Chloé brand (while working as Creative Director from the 2001 to 2006), Philo is one of the world's most respected designers.

Phoebe Philo said of her appointment: "This is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can’t wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand, get customers excited about the product and work with a team that are incredibly serious and passionate about their work."

Philo will work exclusively for Celine, starting in October 2008.

LVMH also named Marco Gobetti President and Managing Director.
Gobbetti replaces Serge Brunschwig who becomes Chief Operating Officer of Dior Couture having made a very significant contribution to Celine. Gobbetti, currently President and Managing Director of Givenchy, will aim to reinforce the creative content and image of the brand whilst accelerating its growth. Since February 2004, Marco Gobbetti has led Givenchy Couture, working alongside Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director, to reposition the brand and lay solid foundations for future growth.

Marco Gobbetti commented: "I am delighted to work with Phoebe on this exciting new project. The brand has enormous potential with its global presence and the quality of its team.".

Pierre-Yves Roussel, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Division commented: "I am thrilled to have Phoebe, who is one of the most talented designers today, joining Celine and, under her creative leadership and together with Marco Gobbetti as CEO, LVMH is fully committed to developing the potential of the brand within the group".

LVMH thanked outgoing Creative Director, Ivana Omazic for her significant contribution to the ongoing modernisation of the Celine brand during the past three years, and wished her every success in the future.

Visit: LVMH [4 September 2008]


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