Industry Moves: Mephisto Names New Chief Executive

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Jan. 11, 2018: Delta Shoe Group, parent company of Sandro Moscoloniannounced the death of its CEO, Homero De La Torre. “Homero’s leadership helped Delta Shoe Group grow to its position of prominence and success, and he will be greatly missed,” said Delta Shoe Group president Frank Lorenzo, who was appointed to his role in June 2017. “We will honor his memory by committing ourselves to continuing the work he so loved.”

Jan. 11, 2018: Comfort footwear maker Mephisto Inc. has named James Rowley the new president and CEO of Mephisto USA, effective Jan. 9. Rowley — who replaces Michael Crosno, who held the post since August 2015 — most recently served as VP of sales and marketing at Geox. He also served as SVP of sales and marketing of The Born Group at HH Brown.

Jan. 5, 2018:  Karen Katz, a longtime Neiman Marcus executive and its president and CEO since 2010, will retire from her post on Feb. 12 when former Ralph Lauren executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck will take the reins, the company confirmed today. Katz will retain her board seat. Van Raemdonck joins Neiman Marcus after serving as group president for EMEA and global travel retail at Ralph Lauren. Prior to that, he was CEO at St. John Knits International Inc. and has held a variety of executive roles at Louis Vuitton, where he worked from 2008 to 2013.

Jan. 4, 2018: Nathan Jenden is returning to the Diane von Furstenberg as chief design officer and VP of creative. Jenden previously spent a decade with the label before exiting in 2010 to focus on an eponymous collection. His return follows the brief stint of Jonathan Saunders, chief creative officer since 2016, who departed from DVF in December. Jenden’s first full collection will land for Fall 2018, shown in February. He will report directly to von Furstenberg and the company’s board.

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