The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
By Taylor Recchia | Impressionist
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Balenciaga Taps Demna Gvasalia as Artistic Director
Balenciaga has appointed Demna Gvasalia its new Artistic Director to succeed Alexander Wang. Gvasalia is currently head designer at Vetements, a Paris-based collective of seven anonymous designers, and will continue in his role while assuming all creative responsibilities at Balenciaga. He previously worked at Louis Vuitton and Maison Martin Margiela. His first collection for Balenciaga will be in March for Fall 2016 Fashion Week.
DVF Co-Chairman, Joel Horowitz, Exits
Joel Horowitz has stepped down as Co-Chairman of Diane von Furstenberg. Horowitz held the position since August 2012 and is credited with on boarding the firm’s first CEO, Paolo Riva. Previously Horowitz worked at Tommy Hilfiger Inc., where he oversaw the completion of its IPO in 1992.
Alison Loehnis Appointed Net-a-Porter President
Alison Loehnis has been named President of The Net-a-Porter Group. Loehnis has been with Net-a-Porter since 2007 and served as VP of Sales prior to being promoted to President. Prior to Net-a-Porter, Loehnis was Sales and Marketing Director at Thomas Pink. In her new role Loehnis will oversee Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter, the Outnet and Porter Magazine.
Burberry Names Leanne Wood as Chief People Officer
Leanne Wood has been named as Burberry’s first ever Chief People and Corporate Affairs Officer. W00d previously worked as Group Human Resources director at Diageo and will oversee corporate affairs and human resources.
Burberry Appoints Fumbi Chima as Chief Information Officer
Burberry has named Fumbi Chima as CIO. Chima will join Burberry in November and is currently Corporative VP and CIO at Walmart Asia.
Marissa Webb Steps Down as Creative Director of Banana Republic
Marissa Webb has stepped down as EVP Creative Director of Banana Republic, a role she held since April 2014. Webb, whose namesake label has Gap Inc., owners of Banana Republic, as an investor, will remain on in a creative advisory role. Prior to launching her own label, Webb spent 10 years working in the design capacity at J. Crew.
Kay Krill Departs as CEO of Ann Inc.
Kay Krill has resigned her duties as CEO of Ann Inc., parent of Ann Taylor, Loft and Lou & Grey brands. The news comes just months after the sale of Ann Inc. to Ascena Retail Group, owners of Dress Barn. Krill joined Ann Inc. as President of Loft and became President of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation in 2004. In 2005 she was appointed President and CEO of Ann Inc. Krill has been appointed as a member of Ascena Retail Group’s board.
Gary Muto Named CEO of Ann Brands
Current President of Ann Brands at Ascena Retail Group, Gary Muto, will step in for Kay Krill as CEO. Muto joined Ann Inc. in 2008 as President of Loft, added Lou & Grey in 2013 and Ann Taylor in 2014. Previously Muto was President of Gap Adult, Banana Republic and the former Forth & Towne.
Douglas Wood Named CEO at Tommy Bahama
Tommy Bahama appointed Douglas Wood Chief Executive, effective January 30, 2016. Wood will succeed existing CEO Terry Pillow when he retires in January. Wood joined Tommy Bahama in 2001 as COO, and was promoted to President in 2008. Prior to Tommy Bahama, Wood previously worked at AT&T Wireless, McCaw Cellular and Boeing Space.
Ernie Herrman named CEO at TJX
TJX has named Ernie Herrman as CEO effective January 30, 2016. Herrman will replace Carol Meyrowitz, who will remain with TJX in the role of Executive Chairman. Herrman has been President of TJX Cos. since 2011. He had previously served in various roles at TJX, including President of The Marmaxx Group.
Brett Biggs Named CFO Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. appointed Brett Biggs as CFO to replace Charles Holley, who retires at the end of this year. Biggs will report to CEO Doug McMillion and has served as EVP and CFO of Walmart International since January 2014. Prior to that, Biggs was CFO of Walmart U.S. and SVP of Sam’s Club Operations.
Antoine Phillips, previously Director, PR Menswear & Celebrity at Calvin Klein Inc., has left the company.
Dorothea Backeberg, previously PR Manager at Akris, has left the company.
Lisa Summers, previously SVP at DKC Public Relations, is now VP of Marketing & Communications at Joyus.
Mary Connelly, previously Associate Publisher at Glamour, is now Chief Revenue Officer at Snap+Style.
Kat Blazowski, previously Director of PR and Marketing at Eugenia Kim, is now Director of Digital Content Strategy at Lagos Fine Jewelry.
Sarah Vicklund, previously Director of Global Communications at MAC Cosmetics, is now Director of PR at La Prairie.
Mallory Goldberg, previously Assistant Manager, Global Communications, at Aramis and Designer Fragrances at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., is now Marketing and Communications Manager at Korres.
Angela Apolito, previously PR Coordinator at Swatch Group USA, is now PR Coordinator at New York & Company.
Kat Cooper, previously Account Executive at Michele Marie PR, is now PR Manager at Paper Magazine.
Julie Ly, previously PR Manager at Kate Spade & Company, is now Senior Director of Fashion at HL Group.
Bridget O’Hara Hale, previously Senior Account Executive at Factory PR, is now Account Supervisor at Harrison & Shriftman.
Brittany Clarke, previously Senior Account Executive at Kucerak & Co, is now Account Supervisor.
Aisha Johnson, previously Account Executive at LaForce + Stevens, is now Senior Account Executive, Fashion at Krupp Group.
Shireen Bora, previously freelance Marketing Consultant, is now Communications Account Manager at Starworks Group.
Adelaide De Saint Etienne, formally Assistant Account Executive at Kucerak & Co, is now Junior Account Executive.
Bold PR announces its representation of Victoria’s Secret Beauty.
Kucerak & Co announces its representation of LOFT and Alex and Ani.
Maguire Steele announces its representation of Bespoken.
Agentry PR announces its representation of Matiere.
NO SUCH AGENCY announces its representation of Cake for Monarchs, Feltraiger, and Piquadro.
Michele Marie PR announces its representation of Filthy Haanz, Hipsters for Sisters, Bambah, KP by Oge, Honns, Cover Swim, and Chi Chi.
Kenwerks announces its representation of Triton.