Hudson’s Bay Company named Helena Foulkes as its new CEO, effective Feb. 19. In her new role, Foulkes will assume responsibility for HBC’s global strategy and operations and serve on the board of directors. Foulkes joins the retail company from CVS, where she served as executive vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy. As part of the transition, interim chief executive officer Richard Baker will continue to serve as executive chairman and governor.
Gabriele Hackworthy was appointed as Jimmy Choo’s new senior vice president of global brand marketing and communications, effective April. In her new role, she will work with Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, on fashion content to support the brand’s global expansion efforts. Hackworthy currently serves as the global editorial fashion director at Net-a-Porter.
Boardriders Inc., the parent company of Quiksilver and DC Shoes brands, has appointed David Tanner as chief turnaround officer. He will succeed Pierre Agnes, Quiksilver’s chief executive officer, who was lost at sea last week.
Tanner was scheduled to become CEO later this year following Boardriders’s acquisition of surf apparel company Billabong International. In his new role, Tanner will continue to lead the company through the acquisition and other management duties.
Additionally, Thomas Chambolle, the company’s global chief financial officer, will take on the additional responsibilities of interim president of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Greg Healy will remain as the company’s global president and president of APAC (Asia Pacific).
“We are all grief-stricken over the sudden and tragic loss of our friend Pierre Agnes,” Tanner said in a statement. “At the same time, we are resolute and passionately unified in our commitment to honor Pierre’s memory and extend his legacy by driving the continued resurgence and growth of Boardriders.”
Bruno Frisoni, the long-time creative director of accessories and footwear label Roger Vivier, is leaving his post. Frisoni, who has led the label’s creative initiatives for the past 16 years, will present his last collection at Paris Fashion Week this month. At Roger Vivier, Frisoni has been credited for modernizing the label’s footwear offerings and providing classic staples, like the ‘Belle de Jour’ buckle shoes, with a fresh design directon. Roger Vivier has not announced a successor for Vivier or Frisconi’s next move.
Laurent Potdevin, Lululemon’s CEO, has abruptly resigned from his post. Lululemon said Potdevin “fell short” of the company’s code of conduct, which calls for company employees to “exemplify the highest levels of integrity and respect for one another.”
While Lululemon conducts a search for Potdevin’s replacement, Glenn Murphy, executive chairman, will take over Potdevin’s role. This transition will be supported by three executives who will take on expanding roles, including Celeste Burgoyne, executive vice president, Americas, who will focus on the international stores and e-commerce operations; Stuart Haselden, chief operating officer, who will oversee the company’s operations and Sun Choe, senior vice president of merchandising, who will lead all design, merchandising and product development efforts.
N Brown, a online specialist fit fashion retailer, is fortifying its executive fleet with three new appointments.
Adam Warne was appointed as the company’s new chief information officer, effective April. Adam will join N Brown from AO.com, where he currently serves as the company’s Group IT director.
Alyson Fadil was hired as the company’s new chief people officer, effective April. Alyson, who has more than 20 years of human resources experience, will join N Brown from Missguided, a leading millennial apparel company. Her resume includes previous stints at Selfridges and Sofology.
Phil Barnes was named as the company’s new supply chain director, effective this month. In his new role, Barnes will oversee the supply chain team to further advance the company’s customer service proposition. He joins N Brown from SIG plc, a European supplier of insulation and commercial interiors.
U.S.-based designer Billy Reid appointed Mark Daley as its new CEO. Daley joins Billy Reid from Smythson, a U.K.-based manufacturer of luxury stationary. The designer also announced that John Paul Rowan, former vice president of Savannah College of Art and Design, will resume the role of chief operations officer.
Net-a-Porter appointed Nayla Touma as its new buying director, effective April. Touma will join Net-a-Porter from Bergdorf Goodman, where she currently serves as the division merchandise manager for footwear.
House of Fraser
House of Fraser tapped Simon Pickering as its new buying and merchandising director for accessories and apparel, effective in March. Pickering will join House of Fraser from Reiss, where currently serves as the company’s chief digital officer. His resume includes previous stints at Arcadia and Fat Face Clothing & Accessories.
John Lewis tapped Roger Davies, M&S’s group head of procurement, as its new group procurement director, effective this summer. Davies has worked at M&S for more than nine years, where he has held his current title since 2012. M&S has not announced a replacement for his role yet.
Christopher & Banks
Christopher & Banks, a specialty women’s clothing retailer, named Keri Jones as its new chief executive officer, effective Mar. 12. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Jones joins Christopher & Banks from Dick’s Sporting Goods, where she most recently served as the company’s executive vice president and chief merchant. Before her tenure at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jones spent 27 years at Target, where she held several leadership roles, including executive vice president of global supply chain and executive vice president of merchandising planning and operations. She succeeds Joel Waller, who currently serves as the company’s interim chief executive officer and president. As part of the transition, Waller will continue to serve as a board member in the near future.
Isabelle Harvie-Watt was hired as Valentino’s new chief marketing officer, effective April 16. Harvie-Watt joins Valentino from Spring Studios, where she served as a managing partner for the creative agency. Prior to her tenure at Spring Studios, Harvie-Watt served as a chief executive and country manager at Havas Media Group.
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