Industry Moves: Rack Room Shoes Names New Chief Information Officer & More

April 18, 2019: Rack Room Shoes has appointed business and information technology veteran Brian Minnix to the post of chief information officer. He succeeds Dale Patterson who is retiring after 25 years of service. Most recently, Minnix served as chief strategy and technology officer for CompuCom, and held management positions at Attune Consulting and IBM. His footwear experience includes a senior management position with the former Brown Shoe Co., in addition to working in store operations and merchandising at Belk.

April 17, 2019: C&J Clark Ltd. has announced that Tom O’Neill will be retiring as chairman and non-executive director at the conclusion of the company’s annual general meeting on May 3 after serving on the board of directors for 15 years. Succeeding him will be Stella David, who will assume the role of chairman. David served as interim CEO from June 25, 2018, until March 11, 2019, when she was succeeded by Giorgio Presca. She was appointed to the board as an independent non-executive director in March 2012. Her background includes management positions in the alcoholic beverage and cruise industries.

April 11, 2019: J.Crew Group has named Michael J. Nicholson as interim CEO. The executive currently serves as its president and chief operating officer, filling a role that has remained empty since the departure of Jim Brett last fall. The company is also reportedly mulling an IPO of its Madewell business, which could be completed in the second half of this year, according to FN’s sister publication WWD.

April 11, 2019: Footwear Unlimited Inc., has announced five new members to its team. Brian Brown has been named director of distribution and logistics. His career includes management positions at Venture Stores and Amazon. Angel Ilagan has been named EVP marketing and will also serve as a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to his appointment he served as president and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. To build on the company’s merchandising and marketing strategies, Jodie Johnson has been named EVP of merchandising and strategy and will also be a member of the executive committee. Her background includes executive positions at JC Penney.

April 9, 2019: Fila North America has named Jennifer Estabrook as the company’s new president. Estabrook had been serving as acting president since the death of previous president, Jon Epstein, on Feb. 15 following heart surgery. Estabrook is the first female president in the brand’s history. A veteran of Fila North America and its affiliates since 2005, Estabrook previously served as COO of the company and as a member of the board of managers and head of global licensing for Fila Luxembourg S.à.r.l. Prior to those roles, she was EVP of business operations of Fila North America. All divisions and departments of Fila North America will now report to Estabrook.

April 9, 2019: Parisian men’s brand Editions M.R has named Louis Wong its first creative director, FN’s sister publication WWD reports. The designer, who departed A.P.C. last month, joined the ready-to-wear company that same month and will present his first collection for the brand during Paris Fashion Week Men’s in June.

April 5, 2019: Hibbett Sports Inc. announced that Scott Bowman, SVP and CFO, has resigned to pursue another opportunity. The resignation is effective April 26. Bowman, who had been with the firm as CFO for more than six years, said he accepted an opportunity that puts him closer to his family.

April 8, 2019: The Webster has promoted Laurent Malecaze to the position of CEO and appointed Stephane Jaspar as the company’s new chief brand officer. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, both executives will be based in New York and report directly to founder, creative director and former CEO Laure Hériard Dubreuil. Malecaze joined The Webster in 2015 as chief operating officer and was named president last year. Jaspar, on the other hand, boasts more than 20 years of experience in the fashion and entertainment industries — most recently working as chief marketing officer at Stella McCartney.

April 3, 2019: C. & J. Clark Limited has appointed three new non-executive directors. Prior to their appointments Stephen Bolton was most recently group controller at Diageo, and Victor Herrero was CEO and director of Guess Inc. Peter Clark, who joined in November, is currently managing director of Cannon House Partners, a U.S.-based investment firm.

April 2, 2019: Isabelle Allouch has been named CEO of Sandro, whose parent company, SMCP Group, also owns Maje and Claudie Pierlot. The executive headed the latter brand for five years and will be replaced by Jean-Baptiste Dacquin, who led the group’s human resources team for seven years. Allouch takes the helm following the departure of Jean-Philippe Hecquet, who was appointed CEO of Lanvin in August.

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