Shuffle Board: Alexander Wang Shifts Execs, Diesel Begins CEO Search

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Isko

Isko appointed Rosey Cortazzi as its new global marketing director. In her new role, Cortazzi will lead Isko’s branding initiatives and build partnerships with other retailers. Cortazzi brings many years of industry experience, most recently serving as the head of men’s, women’s, kid’s and snow apparel at O’Neill Europe. Her resume also includes previous stints at Diesel, Levi Strauss and Nike.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang announced two major executive changes this week.

Lisa Gersh was appointed as the company’s new CEO. The former Goop and Martha Stewart Omnimedia executive will take over for Alexander Wang, who will remain creative director and board chairman.

Former Farfetch CMO Stephanie Horton was also tapped to become Alexander Wang’s new chief strategy officer.

Reiss

Karl Doyle was hired as Reiss’ new group trading director. Doyle joins Reiss after serving as Mothercare’s executive group product director and executive group trading director for three years. Before his tenure at Mothercare, Doyle spent a year as the executive group product director at Shop Direct. He has also held other leadership roles at Next and Marks & Spencer.

Arcadia Group

Arcadia Group property director Chris Harris is resigning from his post to take up a similar role at John Lewis. Harris held various leadership roles at Arcadia Group for the past decade. His departure comes on the heels of Arcadia Group’s recent executive reshuffle—which includes the appointments of Paul Price as chief executive of Topshop and Topman, David Hagglund as the creative director of Topshop and Topman and James Graham as Mothercare’s new managing director.

The North Face

Designer Tim Hamilton was appointed as head of global creative for The North Face. In his new role, Hamilton will oversee the creative direction of the outdoor apparel company. Hamilton brings more than 20 years of experience and currently designs his own modern sportswear line. In 2009, Hamilton was a recipient of the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award and the first American fashion house invited by the Chambre Syndicale to show his collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Dr. Martens

After a three-year tenure, Dr. Martens CEO Steve Murray is exiting the company. Chairman Paul Mason will take on the role as interim CEO while the company searches for a successor.

Debenhams

Debenhams tapped Dixons Carphone executive Paul Justice as its new retail operations director. He will succeed the company’s director of store operations, Simon Dales.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Paul Andrew will take the wheel for Salvatore Ferragamo’s women’s ready-to-wear collections—with his first collection set to debut for Fall 2018. Andrew previously served as the label’s women’s footwear director and was also a recipient of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition.

Diesel

Diesel is searching for a new CEO—and using a creative campaign to find its next chair executive officer candidate.

Renzo Rosso, Diesel’s founder, launched an online campaign on Thursday—which announced that the company is looking for someone to replace former CEO Alessandro Bogliolo, who recently left his post to become the CEO of Tiffany & Co.

“Our CEO has left, leaving an empty space in our hearts, but most importantly, an empty chair,” Rosso said. “First of all, you have to be good at sitting.”

Stitch Fix

Mike Smith was appointed as Stitch Fix’s new COO. Smith previously served as the company’s general director of men’s. Before joining Stitch Fix, Smith served as Walmart.com’s chief operating officer, where he developed the retailer’s omnichannel offering, Site to Store.

Shop Direct

Alex Baldock, Shop Direct’s chief executive is resigning from his post next summer. Shop Direct has not yet named a successor.

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