Bold Moves
Glamour Names Samantha Barry EIC, Raemdonck New Neiman Marcus CEO, Nathan Jenden back to DVF

In this weeks Bold Moves – Glamour US Taps Samantha Barry from CNN to be its new EIC, Geoffrey van Raemdonck replaces Karen Katz as Neiman Marcus CEO, Nathan Jenden returns to DVF as Chief Design Officer.

BY BRENNA O’DONNELL

BRANDS & Retailers

Karen Katz

Karen Katz Departs Neiman Marcus as CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus, Karen Katz, will be stepping down after 32 years with the company. Katz began working at Neiman Marcus’ Houston location in 1985, and soon began climbing the ranks, promoted to SVP and Director in 1996, then to President of Neiman Marcus Direct in 2000. By 2010, Katz was appointed President and CEO of the company. Katz will depart February 12th but will remain on the Board.

Geoffroy van Raemdonck

Geoffroy van Raemdonck Appointed Neiman Marcus CEO
Succeeding Karen Katz as CEO of Neiman Marcus is Geoffroy van Raemdonck. Van Raemdonck joins the company from Ralph Lauren where he was Group President for the brand’s Global Travel Retail and EMEA operations. Prior to that, van Raemdonck was CEO at St. John’s Knits, and before that he worked in a multitude of executive positions at Louis Vuitton.

Nicola Formichetti

Nicola Formichetti Departs Diesel as Artistic Director
Nicola Formichetti is exiting Diesel after five years as the Italian brand’s Artistic Director. Formichetti originally stepped into the fashion world through the media arena, having acted as Fashion Director then Creative Director of Dazed and Confused Magazine, as well as Fashion Director of Vogue Hommes Japan. In 2010 Formichetti took on the role of Creative Director for Thierry Mugler, rebranding it as Mugler. Formichetti’s successor at Diesel has not yet been named.

Marco Agnolin Joins Diesel as CEO
Diesel has found their new Chief Executive Officer in Marco Agnolin. Previously, Agnolin served seven years as CEO of Bershka, the youth label under Spanish retail giant Inditex. Agnolin succeeds Alessandro Bogliolo, who was Diesel’s CEO for four years before stepping into the same position at Tiffany & Co. earlier this year.

Nathan Jenden

DVF Names Nathan Jenden as Chief Design Officer
Diane Von Furstenberg’s namesake label has appointed Nathan Jenden as the new Chief Design Officer and VP of Creative. This is not Jenden’s first time at DVF, having previously served as their Creative Director for 10 years until 2011. He succeeds Jonathan Saunders who recently stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer. Jenden’s first collection, fall 2018, will debut in February.

Orna Ni-Chionna

Burberry Taps Orna Ni-Chionna as Board Member
Orna Ni-Chionna has been appointed to Burberry’s Remuneration Committee as non-executive Director. Ni-Chionna is acting Senior Independent Director at Saga and at Royal Mail. She is also currently the Deputy Chairman at the National Trust, and she previously co-led consulting firm McKinsey and Company for 20 years. Ni-Chionna succeeds Fabiola Arredondo as Chair of Burberry’s Remuneration Committee.

Steven Cook

Steven Cook Appointed Debenhams Fashion and Home Managing Director
British retailer Debenhams has tapped Steven Cook as Managing Director of their Fashion and Home operations. Previously, Cook was Chief Merchant of Holt Renfrew, but has also worked with Calvin Klein, J. Crew, and Polo Ralph Lauren in the past. In his new position at Debenhams, Cook will lead design, merchandising, and buying operations of Debenhams’ Fashion and Home sectors. Cook’s new position also involves a move from Toronto to London.

Jill Ramsey

Macy’s Taps Jill Ramsey as Chief Product and Digital Revenue Officer
Jill Ramsey joins Macy’s as their Chief Product and Digital Revenue Officer, a new position at the retail chain. Previously, Ramsey was VP and General Manager of Vertical Business at eBay. In her new position at Macy’s, Ramsey will oversee product revenue for macys.com and the Macy’s mobile app.

Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni Named TBS Crew President and CEO
Chiara Ferragni has taken on a greater role with her company, TBS Crew, now acting as President and CEO. Ferragni’s fashion blog, The Blonde Salad, started in 2009 and rose in popularity over the years, making her one of the most influential fashion bloggers of all time. This secured her a design deal with Steve Madden, and a modeling gig with Guess. Ferragni succeeds Riccardo Pozzoli as CEO, but he will continue to hold a minority stake at TBS Crew.

Alessia Kosagowsky

YNAP Appoints Alessia Kosagowsky to Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Alessia Kosagowsky is set to fill the new position of Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Yoox Net-a-Porter. This new position being included in the company’s senior leadership team shows YNAP’s push for more proactivity in technology for the brand. In her new position, Kosagowksy will focus on new opportunities in tech, data science, and even artificial intelligence. Previously Kosagowsky served as VP of Global Customer Analytics at Burberry, and prior to that she was Head of Customer Value Management and Insights at Vodafone.

Peter Cuneo

Peter Cuneo Returns to Iconix as Executive Chairman
Peter Cuneo is rejoining the board of Iconix as their Executive Chairman. Cuneo previously served as Chairman from 2006 until 2015 when he served as interim CEO for nearly a year. Cuneo will refocus on strategic opportunity, and financial and legal functions for the brand management company.

Vejas Kruszewski

Pihakapi Taps Vejas Kruszewski as Creative Director
Vejas Kruszewski has been appointed to Creative Director at leather brand Pihakapi. Kruszewski started his namesake label, Vejas, in 2014 and in 2016 he became the youngest designer to ever win the LVMH prize at 19. Pihakapi will launch Kruszewski’s first collection during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Johanna Murphy

Johanna Murphy, previously Global Chief Marketing Officer of Rag & Bone, has left the company.

Amanda Pena, previously Director of Corporate Communications at Calvin Klein has left the company.

Christina Grasso

Christina Grasso, previously Social Media Editor at StyleCaster, is now Associate Digital Content Creator at Revlon.

Rebecca Schwartz Smith, previously Fashion Director at Wetherly Group, is now Communications Director at 3X1.

Katie Goldsmith, previously Creative Director at Bollare, is now PR and Communications Director at Stella & Dot.

Jessica Debreceni, previously Global Communications Manager at AG Jeans, is now Director of Public Relations at Carbon38.

Pamela Chew, previously Senior Public Relations Manager at Pomellato, has left the company.

Justine Harrington, previously Press Assistant at Topshop and Topman, has left the company.

Ryan Lombard, previously PR Coordinator at Alice + Olivia, has left the company.

Carly Wagenbach, previously Fashion Market Assistant at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Public Relations Assistant at Carolina Herrera.

Meg Brenner, previously Communications Associate at Ralph Lauren Home, is leaving the company.

Tori Schirmer, previously PR Executive at Donna Karan, is now Assistant Manager, PR & Events, at Bergdorf Goodman.


SHOWS

Public School Drops Out of NYFW, Launches Direct to Customer Instead
NYC-based brand Public School has announced it will not show their fall 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week in February. Instead, the designer duo Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow will launch a new direct to customer concept next spring.

Moncler’s Milan Show to be Combined into Co-ed
Moncler has announced that its fall 2019 showing during Milan Fashion Week will be co-ed, foregoing men’s and women’s distinctions. Moncler is expected to open Milan Fashion Week, showing on February 20th at 7pm. The show is also set to unveil the “Moncler Genius Building,” which is to be a rebranding approach that allows the company to interact with their consumers in an innovative new way.

Vivienne Westwood Waives Physical Show, Opts for Digital Presentation
Vivienne Westwood will not be staging a physical show, but will instead stream a digital presentation for their fall 2018 collection. The digital presentation will take place on January 8th, 2018 during London Men’s Fashion Week. The designer announced that the switch to digital was part of an effort towards being more environmentally conscious, citing Westwood’s “Buy less, choose well, make it last” mantra.


MEDIA

Samantha Barry

Glamour US Names Samantha Barry as Editor-in-Chief
Condé Nast’s Glamour US has tapped Samantha Barry as its new Editor-in-Chief replacing Cindi Leive who stepped down last September. Barry was most recently Executive Producer for Social and Emerging Media at CNN Worldwide. The Irish native editor came to CNN New York from BBC World News in London three years ago. 

Giuseppe De Bellis

Giuseppe De Bellis Steps Down From GQ Italia as Editor-in-Chief
Editor-in-Chief of GQ Italia, Giuseppe De Bellis, is exiting the publication after a year at the helm. Previously, De Bellis was Founder and Editor-in-Chief of sports magazine UndiciPrior to that he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of Il Giornale for six years. Going forward, De Bellis will join Sky Sport Magazine as Deputy Co-Director. Meanwhile, Luca Dini will serve as Interim Editor-in-Chief of GQ Italia.

Luca Dini

GQ Italia Taps Luca Dini as Interim Editor-in-Chief
Luca Dini, the current Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italia, will step in as the Interim Editor-in-Chief of GQ Italia following the departure of Giuseppe De Bellis. Dini previously served as the Director of Vanity Fair Italia.

Erik Maza

Erik Maza Named Town & Country’s Style Features Director
Town & Country has tapped Erik Maza as their new Style Features Director. Maza joins the Hearst-owned publication from Condé Nast, where he was Digital Features Director at W Magazine for two years. Prior to that he was at Fairchild Media, acting as Editor for WWD’s the Eye. Maza originally got his start in the publishing industry writing for the Baltimore Sun and the Miami New Times.

Julia Gall

Julia Gall, previously Senior Fashion and Accessories Editor at Interview, is now Accessories Director at Marie Claire.

Giovanni Audiffredi, previously Senior Editor of GQ Italia, is now GQ Vice Director at the company.


PUBLIC Relations

Elle Molchan, previously Vice President at The Residency Experience and Director of Marketing and PR at The Only Agency, is now Vice President of the West Coast at Starworks Group.

Matthew Bires, previously Senior Director of KCD LA, is now Vice President of PR at the company.

Noah Loschy, previously Senior Production Director at KCD, is now Vice President of Production at the company.

Zachary Roland, previously Technical Design Manager at KCD, is now Technical Design Director of Production at the company.

Claire Juden, previously Publicist at KCD, is now Senior Publicist at the company.

Emily Cavagnaro, previously Account Coordinator at Shadow, is now Junior Account Executive in the company’s fashion and retail division.

Ally Calloway, previously Junior Account Executive at Shadow, is now Account Executive in the company’s fashion and retail division.

Patrick Jones, previously Vice President at Agentry PR, is now Senior Vice President at the company.

Joe Yang, previously Senior Account Director at Agentry PR, is now Vice President at the company.

Henry Kessler, previously Public Relations and Events Manager at Nanette Lepore, is now Senior Account Executive at Agentry PR.

Stephanie Sachs, previously Senior Account Director at ASTRSK, is now Associate Vice President at Jennifer Bett Communications.

Kaitlyn Holohan, previously PR Intern at Agentry PR, is now PR Assistant at Jennifer Bett Communications.

Claire Barthelemy, previously Social Media Director of BWR Public Relations, is now Vice President of Social and Influencer Marketing at coded{PR}.

Nate Hinton, previously PR Director at PR Consulting, has left the company to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor.

Hallie Chrisman, previously VP of Public Relations at KCD, has left the company.

Heather White de Lodeiro, previously Vice President at BPCM, is leaving the company.

Lauren Larkin, previously VP, Beauty at Alison Brod Public Relations, is now Senior VP, Beauty, at Alison Brod Marketing and Communications.


REPRESENTATION

PR Consulting announces its representation of Gabriela Hearst and Marine Serre.

Inspire the Now announces its representation of Varley.

Mao Public Relations announces its representation of Carolina Sarria.