THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Lee & Vitale at Barneys, Keller Departs Chloe, Tisci Exits Givenchy, Larsson Departs Ralph Lauren
BY THE IMPRESSION TEAM
BRANDS & Retailers
Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York, Named Executive Chairman
After seven years at the helm, Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee is turning over the role to Daniella Vitale to become Executive Chairman. Lee, who joined the iconic New York based retailer in 2010 from Gucci, is noted for his “Level 5” leadership, team building skills, and returning the retailer to profitability while maintaining a leadership position for retail innovation. Lee previously served as CEO of Italian fashion brand Gucci, until 2008. Prior to that he previously held positions at Yves Saint Laurent , Giorgio Armani , and Jil Sander. Lee brought Vitale to Barneys New York from Gucci where they had worked together.
(Editors Note: Lee serves as a role model for many in the industry as he leads Barneys New York with humility balanced with vision and understanding. The Impression has had the pleasure of observing Lee both building and interacting with his team. He models the best of business and interpersonal skills while enabling his people to become the best that they can be while turning around the retailer. We look forward to the next chapter in his journey and hope it includes continued mentorship to build tomorrow’s greats).
Barneys New York Promotes Daniella Vitale to CEO
Daniella Vitale, COO of Barneys NY, has been named CEO. Vitale, who joined Barneys in 2010 as Chief Merchant and EVP, had been expected to succeed her mentor Mark Lee who is moving on from CEO to become Executive Chairman. Vitale served as COO at the luxury retailer since 2013, overseeing women’s merchandising, business development, digital strategy and store operations.
Richemont Taps Andrew Maag as CEO of Dunhill
Richemont-owned Dunhill has appointed Andrew Maag as Chief Executive Officer. Maag joins Dunhill after a 10-year tenure at Burberry where had been Chief Executive Officer of Europe, Middle East, India, Africa & Americas at Burberry Group plc since August 2013. Mr. Maag served as the President of European Operations at Burberry Group and as SVP of Menswear and President of Europe & Emerging Markets at Burberry Group until August 2013.
Carlos Becil, previously Chief Marketing Officer, EVP at Equinox, is now Chief Marketing Officer at Coach.
Chloé Confirms Creative Director Clare Waight Keller to Exit
Following a series of speculations, Richemont-owned Chloé confirmed the departure of Creative Director Clare Waight Keller. Keller’s Fall 2017 collection to be shown in Paris next month will be her final for the house where she has worked for the past six years. Keller began her career in New York working in both men’s and womenswear for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren Purple Label. In 2001 Tom Ford tapped Keller to become a head designer at Gucci. From 2005 to 2011, her last role before becoming Creative Director at Chloé, Keller lead the design team of Pringle of Scotland. A successor has not been named.
Riccardo Tisci Departs Givenchy as Creative Director
Creative Director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, has left the firm after 12 years at the helm. The house will not hold a runway show during Paris Fashion Week. Tisci is rumoured to be taking a role at Versace.
Stefan Larsson Departs Ralph Lauren a CEO
Ralph Lauren and its President and CEO Stefan Larsson are parting ways affective May 1. Larsson, previously Global President of Old Navy, has been appointed by Ralph Lauren as the firms new CEO in November 2015. Prior to Old Navy, Larsson spent 15 years at Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). His replacement has not yet been named.
Fran Horowitz Named Abercrombie & Fitch CEO
Abercrombie & Fitch has promoted Fran Horowitz from President & Chief Merchandising Officer to CEO. Horowitz joined Abercrombie & Fitch as Hollister Brand President in 2014 from Ann Taylor Loft, where she was President. Prior to that she held various roles at Express, Inc., Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bonwit Teller and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Tory Burch Names Julie Atkinson SVP, Global Digital
Tory Burch has appointed Julie Atkinson as Senior Vice President of Global Digital. Atkinson previously served as SVP of Global Digital at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., for eight years. Prior to Starwood, Atkinson held various marketing roles with various firms, including Travelocity and the now-defunct Site59.
Ed Burstell Departs HBC as Head of Partnerships
After being named Head of Partnerships at Hudson’s Bay Company in October of 2016, Ed Burstell is parting ways with the firm. Burstell previously worked with Liberty of London for eight years where he was crucial in rejuvenating the brand through partnerships such as Manolo Blahnik and Hermès.
Karen Murray Departs Nautica as President for Advisory Role
After 10 years as President of VF Corp. owned Nautica, Karen Murray, is stepping down to play the role of senior brand adviser of sportswear.
Brendan Sullivan Named President of Spotswear at VF Corp overseeing Nautica
Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp., has promoted Brendan Sullivan President of Sportswear overseeing the Nautica brand, as well as Kipling. Sullivan was previously vice president, direct-to-consumer at VF Corp.. He joined VF in 2007 as VP of retail services leading the direct-to-consumer business for the company’s contemporary and Timberland brands and later the European business. Prior to VF, he was with the Borders Group and L Brands.
Pat Parenty, previously President of the Professional Products division at L’Oreal, is leaving the firm.
David Greenberg, previously President of Maybelline/Garnier at L’Oreal, has been named Group President of the Professional Products Division U.S. and North America at L’Oreal.
Tim Coolican, previously Deputy General Manager, L’Oreal Paris USA, is now Brand President at L’Oréal Paris.
Ikdeep Singh, previously President of Consumer Products Division at L’Oreal, is now Brand President of Maybelline-Garnier-Essie.
Deborah Fine, previously CEO at Direct Brands, is now CEO at Ritani.
Brian Henke, previously President at Jimmy Choo USA, is now CEO at Versace USA.
Aaron Alexander, previously PR Manager at Calvin Klein, is now US Director of Public Relations and Communications at Versace.
Blake Metzger, previously PR Coordinator at Salvatore Ferragamo, is now PR Manager at Prada.
Vogue Paris Taps Aleksandra Woroniecka as Fashion Director
Aleksandra Woroniecka has been named Fashion Director at Vogue Paris. Woroneicka previously was at French national newspaper Le Monde’s weekend magazine, M le Monde, where she served as Fashion Director since its inception. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Rebel Magazine.
Steve Kandell, previously Executive Editor at BuzzFeed, is now Site Director at Esquire.com.
Kristin Koch, previously Executive Editor at Seventeen.com, is now site Director at Seventeen.com.
Glenny Cruz, previously account Manager at PR Consulting, is now senior account executive at C&M Media.
PR Consulting announces its representation of Tutto il Giorno.
HL Group announces its representation of Tatcha.
Purple announces its representation of Miansai.
Bradbury Lewis announces its representation of Ancient Greek Sandals.
Di Petroff PR announces its representation of Christina Lombardi.
Think PR announces its representation of Cambiami.
Pistol PR announces its representation of Palermo.