Industry Moves: December 2015

December 22, 2015: Chip Molloy, the former CFO of PetSmart Inc., will join Under Armour Inc. as its new CFO on Jan. 19, 2016. The Baltimore-based footwear and apparel company’s CFO and COO Brad Dickerson announced in October that he would leave the firm in February to accept the CFO role at recipe delivery service Blue Apron

December 21, 2015: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. announced the appointment of Matthew Bassiur as VP and Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement, effective January 2016. In this new role, Bassiur will lead a team that works with international brands and retail partners, industry associations, government regulators, law enforcement and other organizations to advance Alibaba Group’s anti-counterfeiting and IP rights protection efforts, the company said. He will report to Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group.

December 21, 2015: Slip-resistant footwear company Shoes For Crews and its majority shareholder, CCMP Capital, has named Stuart Jenkins president, CEO and chief innovation officer, effective January 25, 2016. Jenkins will also be added to the company’s board of directors. Concurrently, Matt Smith, founder and current CEO, will become chairman of the board of directors, and Stan Smith, founder and current chairman, will become chairman emeritus.

December 18, 2015: Outdoor specialty retailer REI has tapped former National Geographic Society COO Tracie Winbigler for its CFO slot. She will lead REI’s finance, accounting, tax, payroll, treasury, internal audit, procurement and asset-protection departments. Winbigler had joined National Geographic Society in 2012 as EVP and CFO.

December 16, 2015: UK-based women’s department store Bonmarché Holdings Plc announced that CEO Beth Butterwick will step down after four years with the company to join British women’s clothing retailer Karen Millen as CEO. Butterwick will remain with Bonmarché until her successor is appointed. The company’s board is currently conducting a search for a new CEO.

December 14, 2015:  Dansko co-founder, CEO and President Mandy Cabot will exit her role as the company’s president but will continue as CEO and board chair. Cabot will turn the responsibilities of president over to Jim Fox, Dansko’s CFO of nearly 10 years. Jamey Mullin, currently Dansko’s finance director, will assume the VP of finance position. The executive changes are effective on Jan. 1, 2016.

December 14, 2015: After five years at the helm of online athletic-and-outdoor specialty retailer Backcountry.com, CEO Jill Layfield has stepped down. Layfield announced her exit via her Facebook page. She had been with the company for 11 years.

December 8, 2015: Nicholas Kirkwood has hired Kate Brindley as its PR and communications director, effective Dec. 14. Brindley will replace Aiden Aldred, who exits the company on Dec. 11. Most recently, Brindley worked with Louis Vuitton as project manager for Series 3, a fashion exhibition that launched in September 2015 during London Fashion Week.

December 7, 2015: Diane Sullivan, chairman and CEO of Caleres Inc., has been named chairman of the board of directors for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. Sullivan takes over for Blake Kruger, CEO of Wolverine World Wide Inc.

December 2, 2015: John Varvatos Enterprises has named Mark Brashear its CEO and president. The former Michael Kors and Hugo Boss executive’s new position is effective immediately. He replaces Cristiano Quieti. Brashear previously was Kors’ president of menswear for a short stint and previously served as president of Hugo Boss Americas for five years.

December 2, 2015:  Comfort footwear brand Rockport, has named Linda Grosser SVP of North America Sales covering key accounts, online and family channels. Rockport also named Tony Mattioli VP of North America Sales, responsible for independent and outdoor channels.

December 1, 2015: Outdoor brand Salomon has appointed Arnold Tse as its new commercial manager for footwear in Canada. Tse will be responsible for the creation and implementation of the commercial strategy, while working with sales managers to encourage Salomon’s growth within the footwear market.

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