Industry Moves: October 2015

October 29, 2015: Deckers Brands has appointed former Nike and Puma executive Stefano Caroti as omnichannel president, effective Nov. 2, 2015. In this role, Caroti will oversee the company’s omnichannel operations for all brands and report directly to Dave Powers, president of Deckers Brands.

October 28, 2015: Longtime Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz is leaving his position as creative chief of the French fashion house.

October 27, 2015: DSW Inc.’s EVP and chief supply chain officer, Harris Mustafa, has reportedly left the company but will remain on as a consultant. Debbie Ferree, vice chairman and chief merchandising officer, has taken  responsibility for the supply chain, and Antoinette Carter, director of e-commerce and merchandising, is now responsible for direct Asian sourcing, according to Sterne Agee CRT analyst Sam Poser.

October 22, 2015: Brendan Hoffman has been named CEO of Vincereplacing Jill Granoff, who resigned in May. Hoffman, a former executive at Bon-Ton Stores Inc., Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus Direct, has also been appointed to the board of directors.

October 22, 2015: Caleres has appointed Jay Schmidt as president of the company’s brand portfolio business, replacing John Mazurk who will retire at the end of 2015.

October 22, 2015: Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse has named Matt Wong as its women’s athletic buyer. Most recently, Wong served as the women’s, men’s running, cross training and casual women’s buyer for Champs Sports.

October 22, 2015: Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes has hired Joseph Andrews as real estate manager to oversee new store growth in South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Other responsibilities include managing lease renewals, remodels and relocations for the retailer’s existing portfolio of stores in the Southeastern region.

October 22, 2015: Kering announced the appointment of Francesca Bellettini, CEO of Saint Laurent, and Carlo Alberto Beretta, CEO of Bottega Veneta, as new members of its executive committee, effective immediately.

October 22, 2015: Designer Raf Simons announced his departure from Christian Dior after more than three years as design director for the design house.

October 20, 2015: Global Brands Group Holding Ltd. has named Edmundo Castillo creative director and EVP of its footwear brand Aquatalia by Marvin K.

October 13, 2015: Shoe Carnival Inc. appointed Jeff Fink as SVP Real Estate, effective today. Fink will oversee the company’s store site selection and lease administration functions.

October 13, 2015: Under Armour Inc. announced that, in February 2016, Brad Dickerson, the Baltimore-based footwear and apparel company’s CFO and COO, will depart to take a position outside the athletic industry.

October 9, 2015: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that Brett Biggs will become the company’s CFO, effective Dec. 31, 2015. Since January 2014, Biggs served as EVP and CFO of Walmart International; he has held several other executive roles at Walmart and Sam’s Club Operations since joining the company in 2000.

October 9, 2015: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that Charles Holley, the company’s EVP and CFO since December 2010, has elected to retire. The firm has already appointed a new CFO and Holley will stay on until Jan. 31, 2016, to help with the transition.

October 8, 2015:  Marissa Webb is leaving her post as EVP and creative director of Gap Inc.’s Banana Republic, WWD reports. Webb held the position for a year and half and will continue to act as a creative adviser to the company. The  creative director slot at Banana Republic will not be filled.

October 7, 2015:  TJX Co. Inc. announced that Ernie Herrman will become the company’s CEO, effective Jan. 31, 2016. Herrman will also retain his current title as president of the company. TJX’s board has also elected Herrman to serve as the firm’s director, effective immediately.

October 7, 2015:  Carol Meyrowitz, current chairman and CEO of TJX Co. Inc., will transition out of her role by Jan. 31, 2016. Meyrowitz will step into a new role as executive chairman of the company’s board. Under a three-year agreement, Meyrowitz will “remain an active executive and an integral part of TJX’s executive management team as well as advise [incoming CEO Ernie Herrman] … ” TJX said in release.

October 7, 2015:  Nike Inc. veteran Bob Coombes, VP and GM of Hurley, will take on management of the business at Hurley, following Bob Hurley’s retirement from the role of CEO. Coombes will report to Jayme Martin, VP and GM Global Categories at Nike.

October 7, 2015: Nike Inc. announced that Bob Hurley, founder of Hurley brand, will retire and step down as CEO to transition to a new role, where he will focus on “building and cultivating the community and extending Nike’s relationships with elite athletes,” the company said.

October 7, 2015: Effective immediately, Demna Gvasalia — founder of women’s ready-to-wear brand Vetements and former women’s designer for Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton — will take over as creative director of Kering’s Balenciaga.

October 6, 2015: Douglas Wood, the current president of Tommy Bahama, will become the company’s CEO on Jan. 30, WWD reports. He will take over from current CEO Terry Pillow at that time.

October 6, 2015:  Terry Pillow, who joined Tommy Bahama in 2008, will retire as the company’s CEO on Jan. 30 and will take on an advisory role to the company, WWD reports.

October 1, 2015: Bob Mullaney has joined footwear e-tailer ShoeBuy.com to fill the newly created roles of president and COO. Most recently, Mullaney was president of the Americas for Rockport, where he oversaw the wholesale and retail businesses.


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