Industry Moves: Ken Downing to Exit Neiman Marcus After 28 Years & More

March 22, 2019: According to FN’s sister publication WWD, Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, is leaving the luxury department store on March 29. Since he joined the company in 1990, Downing has held several roles across public relations and fashion before landing his most recent role in 2006. Neiman Marcus has not yet announced or confirmed the news.

March 22, 2019: Hibbett Sports Inc. has announced the retirement of president and CEO Jeff Rosenthal. The company said its board of directors will commence a search process to identify its next CEO, and Rosenthal will remain in his post capacity until a successor is named. He will also assist the board with the search and the execution of the transition — after which he will continue to serve as a member of the board. Rosenthal had held Hibbett’s top post for nine years but had been with the company for over 21 years in various roles.

March 21, 2019: Sequential Brands Group-owned basketball brand And1 has added two executives to its team, whose résumés both boast time at Nike. John Scipio has assumed the GM role, and Christian Deaton is now the senior VP of product and merchandising.

March 19, 2019: Tom Ford has been elected chairman of the CFDA, reports FN’s sister publication WWD. The designer’s appointment was approved by the board of directors, with his start date moved up to June 2019. He succeeds Diane von Furstenberg, who was named president in 2006 and became chairwoman in 2015.

March 18, 2019: Marco Agnolin will leave his role as CEO at Diesel on March 28. The executive joined the company in January 2018, succeeding Alessandro Bogliolo, who exited in October 2017. Agnolin’s successor has yet to be named, and he is expected to stay on the Diesel board “to guarantee the completion of planned activities.”

March 18, 2019: Under Armour has named 20-year footwear and apparel veteran Kasey Jarvis as its chief design officer. The executive will replace Dave Dombrow, who left the company this month, and report to chief product officer Kevin Eskridge. He joins the company in April after serving as vice president of product and design for Black Diamond Equipment.

March 14, 2019: According to FN’s sister publication WWD, Tom Ford has been tapped to head the CFDA following news that Diane von Furstenberg is ready to step down from the post. The change could reportedly happen as soon as Tuesday, when the board meets to vote on Ford’s nomination. Furstenberg has served as the face of the organization for 13 years, working closely with president and CEO Steven Kolb, who joined in 2005.

March 12, 2019: Johnston & Murphy, a division of Genesco Inc.,  has promoted Heather Marsh to the post of VP of customer experience, with oversight responsibility for all retail operations including store operations and e-commerce, as well as partnering with the real estate team to set and execute the brand’s real estate strategy. Marsh, a 15-year veteran of Johnston & Murphy, was most recently VP of of e-commerce. The brand has also promoted Deanna Grubbs, who joined the brand in 1999, to VP of apparel product development, focusing on the apparel category’s growth at retail and expansion into wholesale channels. Most recently she served as director of retail merchandising.

March 1, 2019: Stephane Jaspar has left his role as chief marketing officer of Stella McCartney. He joined the brand in 2003, two years after the designer launched her eponymous fashion house as a 50-50 partnership with the group now known as Kering. Jaspar had worked closely with McCartney and other executives who ran the label, including current president and CEO Frederick Lukoff.

In Case You Missed It: Big Moves From Last Month

Feb. 27, 2019: Adidas has named Martin Shankland head of global operations, effective March 4. The board member, who has worked at the German sportswear brand for 22 years, replaces Gil Steyaert, who exited the company to pursue new career opportunities. Shankland joined Adidas in 1997 and most recently held the role of managing director for emerging markets.

Feb. 25, 2019: Clarks has tapped Giorgio Presca as CEO, effective next month. Presca will be responsible for all operational, financial and commercial aspects of the business. Presca was most recently CEO at Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, and between 2012 and 2016, he headed up Geox.

Feb. 21, 2019: Salvatore Ferragamo has promoted Paul Andrew to the post of creative director. “I am thrilled by the opportunity and humbled by the challenge to contribute to the future of Salvatore Ferragamo and further realize the dreams of its founder,” Andrew said. Guillaume Meilland will maintain his role as men’s ready-to-wear design director and assume the additional responsibility of studio director, coordinating the development of all categories under Andrew’s leadership.

Feb. 13, 2019: Asics announced today that Gene McCarthy, who assumed the role of president and CEO of its North American business in October 2015, has exited the brand. The company said he has been replaced by Koichiro Kodama. The brand also named other changes to its North American leadership including the appointment of Richard Sullivan to EVP of sales, categories and marketing, Craig Gillan to VP of operations and Paul Ljucovic to VP of finance.

Feb 12, 2019: Macy’s Inc. has named company veteran Patti Ongman as the new chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s brand, effective March 1. She succeeds Jeff Kantor, who previously announced his decision to retire. Ongman currently serves as Macy’s EVP and general business manager for home merchandise. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading Macy’s Merchandising, with oversight of merchandising, private brands and planning for the company’s five ‘families-of-business’ (ready-to-wear, center core, beauty, men’s and kid’s, and home). To date, Ongman has been with the department store for 33 years.

Feb. 12, 2019: REI president and CEO Jerry Stritzke has resigned following the conclusion of investigation surrounding a “personal and consensual relationship”  between the executive and the leader of another organization in the outdoor industry. Stritzke will exit the co-op on March 15 and REI COO Eric Artz will take on the role of interim CEO, effective immediately.

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