Industry Moves: November 2016

Nov. 28, 2016: Differential Brands Group Inc. announced the appointment of former Nordstrom Inc. veteran Tom Nevell as EVP of business development, effective immediately. He will report to Differential Brands CEO Michael Buckley and will be responsible for expanding the company’s portfolio of brands, comprised of Robert Graham, Hudson and Swims brands, with strategic partners. Nevell spent more than 20 years in various roles within Nordstrom, most recently as brand manager of men’s clothing and furnishings.

Nov. 18, 2016: DSW Inc. has appointed its SVP Jared Poff  to the role of CFO, effective immediately. The company had promoted Jared Poff to SVP of finance and interim CFO, on June 6, following the resignation of Mary Meixelsperger.

Nov. 17, 2016: Diane von Furstenberg announced that CEO Paolo Riva has resigned from the company, effective immediately. Riva became the company’s first CEO in April 2015, after a two-year search. DVF has not provided any details on the search for Riva’s replacement.

Nov. 16, 2016: Gap Inc. named Teri List-Stoll as the company’s new CFO, effective Jan. 17. List-Stoll, who replaces Sabrina Simmons, previously served as CFO of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kraft Foods Group.

Nov. 16, 2016: Athletic brand K Swiss has named Patrick Buchanan its new director of global marketing, effective Nov. 16. Buchanan will report directly to K Swiss president Barney Waters. Prior to joining K Swiss, Buchanan served as marketing director at sneaker brand Creative Recreation. Previously, Buchanan handled public relations and celebrity relations for brands such as Hudson Jeans and Royal Elastics.

Nov. 15, 2016: After nearly 15 years with Clarks Americas Inc., VP and GM of Clarks Canada George Molyneux will retire from the business on Jan. 20. Gino Stinziani, who had previously spent 10 years with Clarks, will take over as SVP and GM for Canada. He most recently served as VP and county manager at GEOX Canada.

Nov. 15, 2016: Deckers Brands-owned Hoka One One has named Chris Cohen its new director of sales. He most recently served as director of U.S. sales for Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s Sebago brand. Cohen has also held leadership posts at New Balance, Timberland and Reebok.

Nov. 15, 2016: Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. said Donald Grimes has resigned from his post as COO, EVP and CFO, effective Nov. 14. The company has not provided further details but said that his resignation wasn’t the result of any disagreement with Neiman Marcus’s operations, policies or practices. Grimes joined Neiman’s in June 2015 from Wolverine World Wide Inc. where he was SVP, CFO and treasurer.

Nov. 14, 2016: Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Greats Brand Inc. has announced that Rachael Ulman will join the company as president and COO, effective Nov. 14. She will work alongside Ryan Babenzien, Greats CEO and founder. Rachael most recently worked at Amazon.com Inc., where she led marketing and merchandising for MyHabit.com.

Nov. 11, 2016: After 16 years with the company, Dave Grange has stepped down as CEO of Pentland Brands North America. Moving forward, Beck Federici, GM of operations at Pentland Brands North America, will lead the team on an interim basis.

Nov. 9, 2016: Kohl’s Department Stores announced that CFO Wesley McDonald intends to retire in late spring 2017 after 14 years with the company. Kohl’s said it will be conducting a comprehensive search for the CFO position over the next few months to prepare for McDonald’s retirement.

Nov. 7, 2016: Footwear component developer Jones & Vining announced that it has promoted EVP Charles Liberge to president, effective Nov. 7, 2016. Liberge joined the company as EVP of sales and marketing in August 2015.

Nov. 2, 2016: Zappos.com Inc. has hired Crocs’ former VP of corporate finance Anne Mehlman as its new CFO, effective Nov. 7. Mehlman spent five years at Crocs working in a variety of senior financial management positions, including CFO of the Americas, interim finance director of Europe and senior director of finance. Mehlman also held various financial roles at Corporate Express, now Staples, and Lockheed Martin. She replaces Mike Akrop who was VP of finance and acting CFO.

Nov. 1, 2016: Jay Piccola, president, GM and board member of Puma North America, will retire from his post, effective mid-2017. Piccola’s decision will bring to a close his nearly 20-year tenure with the brand. Piccola spent three years as EVP of sales and marketing before becoming the president and GM of Puma North America in 2000. According to the company, he is assisting in the search for his successor and will aid in the brand in the transition process. Piccola will remain a non-executive director to Puma North America’s board of directors.

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