Industry Moves: Zara Confirms New CEO + More News

July 18, 2019: Carlos Crespo has been named Zara‘s new CEO. The news was confirmed by shareholders at parent company Inditex’s annual general meeting on July 16. Previously the chief operating officer at the Spanish fashion brand, Crespo succeeds Pablo Isla, who has been promoted to group executive chairman. The new chief joined Inditex in 2001 as head of accounting policies and was appointed to the COO post last year.

July 15, 2019: Target Corp. has named Hari Govind SVP of infrastructure and operations for the company’s technology team. Govind, who joins Target from Facebook, will oversee cloud and compute capabilities, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target’s stores, digital channels, distribution centers and office locations. He will report to Mike McNamara, Target’s EVP and chief information officer. In his most recent role, Govind was the group manager on Facebook’s infrastructure team, leading strategy and execution to help scale platforms for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft Corp. and Honeywell International. He joins Target this month.

July 15, 2019: Fiona Pargeter has joined Chanel as its first head of diversity and inclusion. The fashion house said its D&I efforts have been led for several years in its People & Organization function and by its People Communication & Engagement leader. Pargeter, who joined Chanel this month from Swiss bank UBS where she was head of D&I for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will report to the luxury brand’s People Communication & Engagement leader.

July 12, 2019: Victoria Beckham CEO Paolo Riva is stepping down, effective immediately, after 10 months in the role, citing “personal reasons.” Chairman Ralph Toledano, who joined the team last March, will lead the business as the fashion label searches for a successor. Along with the announcement, the company has made two other executive moves: Product director Marie Leblanc de Reynies has been named to the newly created position of managing director of brand and product, while Pablo Sande was promoted to the title of chief financial and legal officer.

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Paolo Riva
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July 10, 2019: J.C. Penney Co. Inc. announced that former Payless ShoeSource CEO Paul Jones has been elected to its board of directors. Jones served as Payless’ chief executive from 2012 until his retirement from the post in 2017. Prior to that, he served as president, chairman and chief executive officer of Shopko Stores from 2009 to 2012, and he held the role of president and chief merchandising officer after joining the company in 2007.

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Paul Jones
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July 10, 2019: Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Executive Director Amy Roberts will exit the organization in September to join The North Face as senior director, communications & corporate social responsibility. The OIA board will begin the search for a new executive director immediately. Roberts will support the search process and transition of her role.

July 8, 2019: Sustainable footwear brand Veja has appointed Laure Browne as its group CEO. The executive formerly held the role of international brands director at French multinational company Auchan Retail and previously worked in senior positions at retail chain Fnac, telecom firm SFR, luxury perfumery Marionnaud and Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. It marks the first time in Veja’s history that co-founders Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion have named another person to the role.

July 8, 2019: Cougar Shoes has named Jackie Charest VP of marketing. She is tasked with helping the brand expand its U.S. presence and evolve its market positioning. She joins the company after three decades at Holt Renfrew, where she held several roles in marketing and communications.

Jackie Charest
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July 8, 2019: VF Corp. has announced the addition of Denny Bruce to its team. The executive was appointed global brand president of Dickies on July 1, reporting to EVP and group president of workwear brands Curt Holtz. Bruce is tasked with overseeing the apparel business’ wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels, including a focus on digital. Prior to VF, he served as EVP of sales, product and marketing at Traeger Pellet Grills.

July 4, 2019: Saint Laurent CEO Francesca Bellettini has been elected president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Féminine, the 100-plus-member governing body for women’s fashion in France. Bellettini succeeds Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel and president of Chanel SAS. Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye and Pavlovsky were both named vice presidents.

July 2, 2019: Neal Newman, the front man for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, has left the organization after eight years as president. The charitable foundation, based in Waltham, Mass., said David DiPasquale will serve as the group’s interim president while a search continues for Newman’s replacement. DiPasquale has been an active Two Ten board member for three decades and also previously chaired the organization’s board of directors. No reason was given for Newman’s departure.

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Neal Newman

July 2, 2019: Marina Larroudé is leaving her role as VP of women’s fashion at Barneys New York to become the head of Schutz USA, FN’s sister publication WWD reports. Larroudé will oversee the Schutz business in the U.S. across all channels, which include retail, wholesale and e-commerce. Arezzo & Co.-owned Schutz is a Brazilian women’s footwear brand.

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