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Industry Moves: December 2020

Who’s in, who’s out, who’s been promoted and hired — FN covers all the industry changes in one place. Know of an executive on the move? Tell us web@footwearnews.com.

Dec. 28, 2020: Theory has named Emmanuel Stern as CEO of its European business, effective Jan. 4. He succeeds Alessandro Guarise, who exited the company in May. Most recently, Stern served as co-CEO at The Kooples, which he co-founded in 2008. In his new role, he will work out of the brand’s London headquarters and report to global CEO Dinesh Tandon.

Dec. 17, 2020: Nordstrom has named EVP and chief supply chain officer Alexis DePree as the newest member of its executive team, effective Jan. 3. She joined the retailer in January from Amazon, where she served as VP of Americas sort centers and planning. Prior to that, she worked as the e-commerce giant’s VP of global supply chain operations as well as held leadership roles at Target and Dell. “With the acceleration of digital sales to 54% this year, our supply chain network must be ready to serve our customers across every aspect of our business — from full-price and off-price to online and in-store,” said chief brand officer and president Pete Nordstrom. “Alexis’ deep experience in digital, retail and supply chain transformation and her expertise and knowledge across the retail value chain positions us well as we continue to work to reliably get more product closer to our customers, making it easier, faster and more convenient for them to shop with Nordstrom.”

Dec. 17, 2020: MatchesFashion has promoted Natalie Kingham to the newly created role of global fashion officer. The executive has spent a decade at the London-based global luxury retailer, where she served as international womenswear buyer as well as fashion and buying director. In the post, Kingham is expected to “define and lead the fashion point of view” for the company to better engage with its global customer base. She will report to Elizabeth von der Goltz, who was named chief commercial officer last month.

Dec. 14, 2020: Foot Locker Inc. has named Himanshu Parikh as SVP and chief information officer, starting Dec. 11. In the role, the new exec is tasked with overseeing the execution of the sportswear retailer’s strategic technology agenda in support of its key strategic imperatives. “Himanshu has a proven track record in tech-driven transformation to drive business agility, competitive differentiation and efficiencies,” chairman and CEO Dick Johnson said in a statement. “I am confident that his deep expertise and breadth of experience leading digital, omnichannel, enterprise resource planning and information security functions will be strong assets as we continue to advance our technology projects and investments to evolve as a fully integrated omnichannel company.” Parikh has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, business solutions and organizational development for top retail companies. Most recently, he served as SVP and chief technology officer at The Michaels Companies Inc.

Dec. 9, 2020: The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America has added eight new industry executives to its board of directors as part of its “effort to reinvigorate” the Fashion Footwear Association of New York. The members who were approved at its virtual board meeting include: Converse global footwear VP Brandis Russell; Jimmy Choo president Tanya Golesic; Marc Fisher Footwear president Susan Itzkowitz; Target director of global sourcing Keli Lerdal; Nordstrom EVP and GMM of shoes Tacey Powers; Pentland North America president Carrie Rubin; White Mountain chief revenue officer Robert Geller; and Jones & Vining president and CEO Jim Salzano. “These new board members will enhance our mission in support of our efforts to remake market weeks and work more closely together across categories and channels, reinvigorating the industry in 2021 and beyond,” said FDRA chairman Mike Jeppesen, who is the president of global operations at Wolverine Worldwide.

Dec. 9, 2020: Tapestry Inc. has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors: Pam Lifford and Tom Greco. The additions bring the membership to 10, including nine independent directors. Lifford serves as president of Warner Bros./WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group’s Global Brands and Experiences, while Greco has held his role as president and CEO of Advance Auto Parts since 2016. “Pam is a results-driven leader with a passion for our industry and a strong track record of growing iconic global consumer brands. Tom is an innovative leader who brings a unique combination of strategic and operational expertise from customer centric businesses,” Tapestry CEO Joanne Crevoiserat said. “We are confident that their respective experience and counsel will prove valuable to us as we execute our acceleration program and fuel long-term growth and profitability across our portfolio of brands.”

Dec. 7, 2020: Chloé has named Gabriela Hearst as its new creative director. The appointment comes days after the French fashion house announced the departure of Natacha Ramsay-Levi, who held the post for nearly four years. Hearst will unveil her debut collection for the brand next March for the fall ’21 season while continuing on as the artistic lead of her namesake New York-based fashion house. She was named the American Womenswear Designer of the Year at last year’s CFDA Fashion Awards and took her collection to Paris for last October’s Fashion Week.

Dec. 3, 2020: Urban Outfitters Inc. has promoted Melanie Marein-Efron, the company’s executive director of corporate development and finance, to chief financial officer, effective Dec. 2. Marein-Efron joined Urban Outfitters, parent to Anthropologie, Free People and multiple other brands — including its namesake label, in January 2013 as director of financial, planning & analysis and was subsequently promoted to executive director, finance & corporate development, her most recent role. Prior to joining the company, Marein-Efron worked at Campbell Soup Co., Godiva Chocolate and General Motors in various senior finance roles.

Dec. 3, 2020: Natacha Ramsay-Levi, who has been with Chloé for nearly four years, is stepping down as creative director of the French fashion house, effective today. Chloé revealed her departure in a brief press release, but stopped short of naming her successor, saying that would be done “in due course.” Long a key associate of Nicolas Ghesquière, Ramsay-Levi joined Chloé in April 2017 from Louis Vuitton, where she had been creative director of women’s ready-to-wear since 2013. The designer started her fashion career at Balenciaga in 2002 and rose through the design ranks to become Ghesquière’s top design deputy.

Dec. 3, 2020: According to multiple reports, Todd Spaletto, most recently the president of Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s Michigan Group, will become the president of Public Lands, the new outdoor retail store format of Dick’s Sporting Goods that is set to launch in 2021. The executive’s LinkedIn now includes the president of Public Lands role as well as SVP of Dick’s Sporting Goods.  In April, he and Wolverine mutually agreed that he would resign, effective on or before May 30. An SEC filing on April 17 stated Spaletto’s departure “is not based on any disagreement with the company relating to its operations, policies or practices.” Prior to Wolverine, Spaletto held several roles at The North Face over a 14-year period, ending his tenure at the company as its global president in 2017.

Todd Spaletto
Todd Spaletto
CREDIT: Joshua Scott

Dec. 1, 2020: Genesco has announced the appointment of Thomas George as SVP of finance and interim CFO, starting Dec. 14. He succeeds Melvin Tucker, whose resignation was effective Nov. 27. Board chair, president and CEO Mimi Vaughn has been temporarily serving as finance chief. “Tom is a proven leader with more than 40 years of experience including almost three decades as chief financial officer of public and private companies,” Vaughn said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge and financial acumen combined with his understanding of the footwear industry will be tremendous assets as we continue to navigate through the challenges presented by COVID-19 and capitalize on the opportunities that are emerging through the pandemic.” George was previously CFO of Deckers Brands. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of science in business administration and is a certified public accountant.

Tom George, Genesco CFO
Genesco interim CFO Tom George.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Genesco
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