Industry Moves: October 2016

 Oct. 26, 2016: Outdoor footwear brand Keen has named industry veteran Casey Sheahan its new president. Sheahan had retired from Patagonia, where he was president and CEO, in 2014, and has been on Keen’s board of directors since then. Sheahan will assume his new post on Nov. 14, taking over for current president Steve Meineke, who will retire in November. Meineke will remain a member of Keen’s advisory council.

Oct. 24, 2016: Nordstrom announced that its EVP and CFO, Mike Koppel, will retire in spring 2017. The company said Koppel will remain in his role until then to support the search for a new CFO and assist with his successor’s transition. Koppel joined Nordstrom in 1999 and has been the company’s CFO since 2001.

Oct. 24, 2016: Kering announced the appointment of Cédric Charbit as CEO of Balenciaga, effective Nov. 28, 2016. He will report directly to François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering. Charbit has been EVP of product and marketing at Yves Saint Laurent since May 2016, a brand he joined in 2012. He has held various senior positions in the luxury sector over the last 16 years. Charbit will succeed Isabelle Guichot, who spent nine years at the helm of Balenciaga. Kering said Guichot will take on new responsibilities within the Kering Group, which will be announced later.

Oct. 24, 2016: Hudson’s Bay Co. has appointed Ed Burstell as head of partnerships, effective Dec. 5, 2016.  In this newly created position, HBC said, Burstell will develop and lead partnerships that drive innovative and exclusive offerings across all of HBC’s banners. He will report to HBC CEO Jerry Storch as a member of his senior leadership team. Burstell joins HBC after eight years with Liberty of London; he has also worked at Bergdorf Goodman.

Oct. 21, 2016: Reebok has appointed Thomas Steinbrück its new creative director. Steinbrück has worked with several high-profile fashion brands, including Elie Saab, Christian Dior and Kenneth Cole.

Oct. 20, 2016: Comfort-footwear brand Aerosoles has made two senior management changes. Sandy Coviello is now chief product officer, a newly created role, and Alena Margolis re-joins the company as SVP and GM of USA Wholesale and First Cost. Margolis most recently served as VP of sales for Anne Klein. She also held roles at May Company, QVC and Liz Claiborne. Coviello previously led Aerosoles’ USA wholesale and First Cost business units and has been with the brand for more than 18 years.

Oct. 17, 2016: Deckers Brands has appointed Maggie Winkel as GM of its Teva brand, effective Oct. 24. Winkel — who previously worked at Nike, The Gap, Ann Taylor and other brands — most recently served as integrated marketplace director for Jordan North America at Nike.

Oct. 14, 2016: Shoe Carnival Inc. appointed Clint Pierce divisional merchandise manager for athletic footwear, reporting to Carl Scibetta, EVP and chief merchandising officer. Pierce, who joined the company on Sept. 21, will oversee Shoe Carnival’s athletic footwear category. Pierce most recently served as SVP and general merchandise manager for footwear and apparel at Sports Authority, where he spent 15 years.

Oct. 12, 2016: Roberto Cavalli SpA creative director Peter Dundas is exiting the company. Dundas’ last collection was for spring 2017, presented in September in Milan. Dundas was appointed creative director of the Florence-based company in March 2015. The Norwegian designer had been the artistic director of Emilio Pucci, also based in Florence, since 2008.

Oct. 11, 2016: Kering has announced the appointment of Nikolas Talonpoika as CEO of Christopher Kane, effective Oct. 12. He will report to Jean-François Palus, Kering’s group managing director. Talonpoika has been with Kering for eight years and previously served as the company’s strategic marketing and media director. Talonpoika succeeds Sarah Crook, who is leaving the the company after two years as CEO of Christopher Kane.

Oct. 11, 2016: Sanuk has announced the appointment of Frederic De Beule as director of product, effective Oct. 17, 2016. De Beule succeeds Trisha Hegg. After nearly five years with Sanuk, Hegg will step down from her role as VP of Sanuk product in order to be with her family in Encinitas, Calif.

Oct. 6, 2016: Nike Inc. announced today that Tom Peddie has been named its the new VP, GM of North America, succeeding Joaquin Hidalgo, who has served in this role since July 2013, effective immediately. Nike said Hidalgo will be taking a leave of absence to focus on his health. Peddie, a 26-year Nike veteran, has held senior management roles across Nike, including VP of North America sales and VP of global sales.

Oct. 6, 2016: Ralph Lauren Corp. has promoted David Lauren to the new roles of chief innovation officer and vice chairman of the board. He previously served as EVP of global advertising, marketing and communications and has been a board member since 2013. The appointment, the company said, is part of  CEO Stefan Larsson’s “Way Forward” plan.

Oct. 5, 2016: Surf lifestyle brand Reef has named Fabio Marangoni the new GM of EMEA. Marangoni will report to Reef President Jeff Moore and will be leading the EMEA product, sales and marketing strategy. Marangoni recently served as area manager of Emerging Markets and distributors for VF Corp.’s Vans EMEA. (EMEA = Europe, Middle East and Africa.)

Oct. 5, 2016: Birkenstock USA announced the addition of three new members to its senior leadership team. Sandra Colon will join the brand as VP of sales; Jacqueline Van Dine will join as VP of merchandising; and Karen Ruenitz as creative director for the newly formed Birkenstock Americas organization. Colon most recently served as director of department-store sales at Puma and previously held positions at Fila and Columbia Sportswear Co. Van Dine began her career at Birkenstock before joining Keen. After Keen, she co-founded the outdoor footwear brand Ahnu. Prior to joining Birkenstock, Ruenitz held senior design roles with Tory Burch, 3.1 Philip Lim and Helmut Lang.

Oct. 5, 2016: Nashville, Tenn.-based not-for-profit Soles4Souls (S4S) has added Robert Adams-Ghee to its team as CFO and chief administrative officer. Adams-Ghee joins S4S from HIV/AIDS services organization Nashville CARES.

Oct. 4, 2016: Justin O’Shea has exited Kering’s Italian men’s wear brand Brioni after being appointed creative director in March. The fall ’17 collection will be presented to buyers at Brioni’s Milan showroom in mid-November and will not be shown on the runway. O’Shea, who had succeeded Brendan Mullane at Brioni, was previously global fashion director at Mytheresa.com.

Oct. 3, 2016: Tory Burch LLC has named John Mehas its new president. Mehas spent 15 years at Ralph Lauren Corp., where he served as president and CEO of Club Monaco for more than 13 years. Mehas succeeds Brigitte Klein, who left the company in September.

Oct. 3, 2016: Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. appointed Lee Belitsky EVP and CFO, effective immediately. Belitsky joined Dick’s as VP and controller in 1997 and most recently served as EVP of product development and merchandise planning, allocation and replenishment. Belitsky assumes the responsibilities from André Hawaux, the company’s EVP and COO, who has served as the principal financial officer on an interim basis since August (when former CFO Teri List-Stoll exited the firm). Hawaux will continue to serve as COO.

Oct. 3, 2016: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. announced that EVP Richard Johnson will retire after 46 years with the company. As part of the transition following Johnson’s retirement, the company announced the promotion of Michael Marrone to SVP of store operations.

Oct. 3, 2016:  Columbia Sportswear Co. has named David Lawner interim SVP of retail, North America and EMEA, while the company conducts a search for a new leader to replace departing Shawn Cox. Lawner most recently served as president of retail and e-commerce for the Nautica brand and has also spent time at Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap. He will report directly to Columbia president & COO Bryan Timm, effective Oct. 10. (EMEA = Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Oct. 3, 2016: Mizuno Corp. of Japan has announced that Bob Puccini, president of Mizuno USA, will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31, and transition to a role as nonexecutive chairman. He will also remain a director on the Mizuno USA Inc. board of directors. Mark M. O’Brien, the company’s current COO, has been named the next president of Mizuno USA and will also serve as chairman and officer of Mizuno Canada Ltd., effective Jan. 1.

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