Industry Moves: November 2015

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November 25, 2015: Bruce Emil has been named the new creative director for Madison Harding, effective earlier this month. He most recently served as a creative director at Caleres (then, Brown Shoe Co.). He has also worked with Steve Madden, launching the Freebird by Steven brand.

November 24, 2015: Portland, Oregon-based boot company Sorel has named Taylor Vaughn its director of national footwear sales and Kelly Doerr its global channel sales manager. Vaughn most recently served as national sales manager for Sorel and Columbia Footwear at the brand’s Canadian headquarters. Doerr joins Sorel from Hunter Boots, where she served as the U.S. national sales manager.

November 20, 2015: Camuto Group has appointed Susan Pellish-Thaler group president of footwear, Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie. In her new role, Pellish-Thaler will oversee the shoe businesses for both brands domestically. Most recently, the executive was GM of Sam Edelman.

November 20, 2015: Camuto Group promoted Leah Robert to chief communications and strategic development officer, reporting directly to Camuto CEO Alex Del Cielo. In addition to her current responsibilities, Robert, who was most recently EVP of licensing and marketing, will develop corporate strategy with the executive team and manage corporate communications.

November 18, 2015: Wolverine World Wide Inc. has named Richie Woodworth president of the company’s Lifestyle Group, which includes the Sperry, Stride Rite, Keds, and Hush Puppies brands, effective Jan. 3, 2016. Since 2006, Woodworth led the global growth of Wolverine World Wide’s Saucony brand. He has also served as president of Tommy Hilfiger Footwear and president of the Greg Norman Collection at Reebok.

November 17, 2015: Kohl’s Department Stores has appointed Sona Chawla to the newly created position of COO, reporting directly to Kevin Mansell, the company’s chairman, CEO and president. Along with chief merchandising and customer officer Michelle Gass, Chawla is expected to be a potential candidate in the company’s long-term CEO succession planning, the company said.

November 16, 2015: James Seuss will step down as CEO of Hunter to accept the role of CEO of The Rug Company, which specializes in luxury handmade rugs and collaborates with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg and Vivienne Westwood. Seuss will leave his post toward the end of November. An interim leadership committee has been established to manage the business until a successor is found.

November 12, 2015: Laura Kaplan, formerly VP of merchandising and sales at Paul Andrew, has been promoted to the role of president. She will continue to oversee global sales and merchandising and will step into a broader role, overseeing global finance and operations, marketing and digital strategies. Prior to joining Paul Andrew in July 2014, Kaplan held roles at AllSaints, Ralph Lauren and Gucci Group.

November 11, 2015: Juanita Duggan is leaving her role as president and CEO of the industry-advocacy group the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Duggan has accepted a new position outside the AAFA but will remain on the organization’s board through the end of the year. Her successor has not been named.

November 10, 2015: Terdema Ussery II, former CEO and president of NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, has resigned from his role as president of global sports categories at Under Armour Inc. Ussery held the post for three months.

November 10, 2015: Adam Peake, former EVP of global marketing at Under Armour Inc., has been appointed EVP of category management and will also replace Terdema Ussery II.

November 10, 2015: Kip Fulks, previously president of footwear and innovation at Under Armour Inc., has assumed a new role — acting chief marketing officer.  He will also lead Under Armour’s search for a new CMO and will continue to “lead significant strategic initiatives” after that, the company said.

November 10, 2015: Henry Stafford will continue to serve as chief merchandising officer at Under Armour Inc. but has taken on an expanded role, overseeing the company’s footwear and innovation groups. Stafford will also oversee Under Armour’s s new category-management group, led by Adam Peake.

November 10, 2015: Karl-Heinz Maurath, previously Under Armour Inc.’s president of international, has assumed the role of chief revenue officer. Maurath will lead all global sales channels, including global wholesale, retail stores and e-commerce, for all of the company’s regions.

November 9, 2015: Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, has been elected to the Macy’s Inc. board of directors. Blake’s election increases the size of the board to 14 members.

November 4, 2015: DSW Inc. CEO Mike MacDonald is retiring from the company, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Current CIO and EVP Roger Rawlins has been named as his replacement. Rawlins has been with the company since 2006.

November 5, 2015: Crocs Inc. named longtime retail executive Carrie Teffner CFO of the company. Teffner was appointed to the board in June and will take over as CFO in December.

November 1, 2015: Christopher Suarez, cofounder and CEO of Nicholas Kirkwood, has left the company to pursue other interests, effective Friday, Oct. 30.