Industry Moves: September 2015

September 30, 2015: Justin Brands, Inc. named Josh Lizotte divisional manager for Justin Original Workboots. Lizotte has spent almost 20 years in the footwear industry, including more than 17 years at Wolverine World Wide Inc.

September 29, 2015: Ralph Lauren Corp. has appointed Stefan Larsson to the role of CEO, effective in November, at which time he will also join the company’s board. Larsson will report directly to Ralph Lauren.

September 29, 2015: Ralph Lauren has stepped down as CEO of his namesake company, Ralph Lauren Corp., effective in November. Lauren will continue to serve as executive chairman and chief creative officer at the firm.

September 29, 2015: Puma has named Philippe Le-Bretton GM of Puma Southeast Asia, effective Oct. 1.  In his new role, Le-Bretton succeeds Jose Miguel Gomes de Andrade, who decided to leave the company.

September 29, 2015: Puma has appointed Daniela Molin to GM of accessories and licensing, effective as of Oct. 1. Molin replaces Philippe Le-Bretton who will take on another role in the company.

September 28, 2015: Columbia Sportswear Co. announced  the appointment of Richelle Luther to SVP and chief human resource officer. Luther has served as the company’s deputy general counsel since 2008.

September 28, 2015: Columbia Sportswear Co.  promoted David Brulé to GM of the its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, based in London, Ontario and Canada, effective immediately. Brulé served as interim GM and director of the company’s Canadian retail operations for the past year, and previously served as director of operations from 2009 to 2011. Brulé succeeds Dave Van Trigt, who served as GM of Canada from 2012 until his death earlier this year.

September 23, 2015: JCPenney Co. Inc. promoted John Tighe to EVP and chief merchant, effective Oct. 1. Tighe will report to the company’s CEO, Marvin Ellison. Tighe most recently served as SVP and senior general merchandise manager for the men’s, children’s, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions.

September 18, 2015: Hudson’s Bay Co. announced the appointment of Dion Rooney to EVP of HBC Digital. Rooney will be responsible for leading the HBC Digital business and online experience across all banners. Prior to joining HBC, Rooney served as chief information officer of Toys ‘R’ Us.

September 16, 2015: Crocs Inc. announced that Terence Reilly was promoted to SVP and CMO. In this new role, Reilly will continue to lead the firm’s global marketing team in Niwot, Colo. Reily served as VP of global marketing at Crocs since 2014.

September 16, 2015: Asics announced that shoe-industry veteran Gene McCarthy will take over as CEO of Asics America Group, effective Oct. 1, 2015. Most recently, McCarthy was president of Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s Merrell brand.

September 16, 2015: Asics announced that Kevin Wulff, president and CEO of Asics America Group, will retire at the end of the year, after five years with the company.

September 10, 2015: Fashion editor Roopal Patel has been named the new fashion director of department-store chain Saks Fifth Avenue.

September 9, 2015: Andrew Bolton will take over in January 2016  as curator-in-charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, following Harold Koda’s retirement.

September 9, 2015: Harold Koda, who has been curator-in-charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute since 2000, is retiring, effective Jan. 8, 2016.

September 8, 2015: Fashion-comfort brand Aerosoles appointed R. Shawn Neville CEO, effective Sept. 8. Neville will take over from interim CEO Caryn Lerner.

September 8, 2015: Jeff Lasher, SVP and CFO at Crocs Inc., has resigned from the Niwot, Colo.-based shoe company to accept the CFO role at West Marine Inc. He joined Crocs in 2009 and became CFO in 2011.

September 8, 2015: Neil Weilheimer has been promoted to managing editor, from executive editor, at Footwear News. In his new role, Weilheimer will focus on broadening FN’s print and digital strategies, manage a larger part of the editorial budget and develop new business.

September 8, 2015: Steve Madden Ltd. has promoted Amelia Newton Varela, who has worked with the company for more than 17 years, to the newly created role of president.

September 8, 2015: Steve Madden Ltd. has promoted Karla Frieders, who has worked with the company for more than 16 years, to  the newly created role of chief merchandising officer.

September 2, 2015: ASOS founder and CEO Nick Robertson has resigned as head of the company. He will remain on the ASOS board but in a non-executive role.

September 2, 2015: Natalie Massenet resigned from her post as executive chairman at Net-a-Porter, the luxury retail website she launched in 2000.

September 1, 2015: Ian Rogers, a former Apple executive, will join LVMH Group as chief digital officer starting in October.

September 1, 2015: Ira Hernowitz left his position as president at Stride Rite Children’s Group. A replacement has not yet been named.

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