BY KENNETH RICHARD
BRANDS & Retailers
John Douglas Tapped as Tory Burch CTO
New York based Tory Burch has named John Douglas as Chief Technology Officer. Douglas was previously Chief Information Officer at MCM Fashion Group. Prior to that, he was Chief Technology Officer at Burberry for nine years.
Greta Loebsack Exits Kering as CEO Luxury Couture
After holding the role for less than a year, Greta Loebsack is parting ways with Kering as CEO of its Luxury Couture and Leather Goods’ Emerging Brands. Kering’s Group Managing Director, Jean-François Palus will take over her position on an interim basis. Loebsack Had been recruited from Unilever, and was responsible for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and Tomas Maier. Loebsack reported to Chairman and CEO of Kering, François-Henri Pinault and was part of the group’s executive committee. The CEOs of the emerging brands group reported to her. Loebsack was previously EVP of Global Skin Care at Unilever. Prior to Unilever, Loebsack worked at L’Oréal, in various roles including General Manager of L’Oréal Paris; Managing Director of L’Oréal, U.K. and Ireland, and Global Brand President of Vichy.
Christian Dior Couture Appoints Damien Bertrand as Managing Director
Christian Dior Couture has tapped Damien Bertrand as Managing Director in charge of Women’s. Bertrand joins the Paris-based fashion house from L’Oréal, where he spent eighteen years in various roles including CEO of L’Oréal UK, President of Maybelline New York and CEO of L’Oréal Brazil. He started his career at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1998 as Guerlain’s Marketing Director for Australia.
Mark Erceg Named Tiffany & Co. CFO
New York Based Tiffany & Co. has tapped Mark Erceg as Chief Financial Officer. Erceg joins the firm from Canadian Pacific Railway, where he was Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that he spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble in various roles.
Matthew Woolsey Tapped as Managing Director of Net-a-Porter
Matthew Woolsey has been appointed Managing Director of Yoox owned, Net-a-Porter, and is responsible for international growth and day-to-day management of the site. Woolsey will oversee buying, marketing and content for the site based in London and will report to President of Net-a-porter and Mr Porter, Alison Loehnis. Woolsey previously was EVP of Digital for Barneys New York. Prior to joining Barneys, he launched the digital practice for Group SJR, a New York and London-based consulting firm, developing digital branding, editorial and mobile strategies for companies such as GE, TED, Barneys, Target and Discovery.
LK Bennett Taps Darren Topp as CEO
Former COO of BHS, Darren Topp, has been tapped by LK Bennett as CEO. Topp replaces interim chief executive officer Robert Bensoussan, who remains at the British luxury label as a non-executive director.
Jane Shepherdson Exits Whistles as CEO
After eight years at the reigns as CEO, Jane Shepherdson has parted ways with Whistles. Her responsibilities will be temporarily handed over to the current team including Brand Director Helen Williamson, Managing Director Justin Hampshire and Creative Director Nick Passmore.
Laura Wade-Gery Departs Marks & Spencer as Exec. Dir. of Multichannel
Executive Director of Multichannel at UK based retailer Marks & Spencer, Laura Wade-Gery, is parting ways with the firm. She is succeeded by Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, who also runs the retailer’s customer and marketing functions.
Alexander McQueen Names Paolo Cigognini Marketing Director
Paolo Cigognini has been tapped as Worldwide Communication and Marketing Director for Kering owned Alexander McQueen. Cigognini was previously Worldwide Communication, Marketing and E-commerce Director at Dolce & Gabbana. Prior to that, he was Worldwide Communications Director at Kering owned Bottega Veneta.
Michael Weiss Joins Talbots Board
Industry veteran, Michael Weiss, who served as Express Inc.’s longtime CEO from 2007 to 2017, has joined the Talbots board. Weiss joined Limited Brands in 1981 serving as President of Express from 1982 to 1993 leaving to become Vice Chairman of Limited Brands. In 1997 he returned to Express as President and CEO retiring from the division in 2004 and returned to Express in 2007 following its sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
Joseph Ripp Steps Down as Time Inc. CEO
Joseph Ripp is parting ways with Time Inc, as CEO and President. Rip joined the firm in 2013 and helped the firm develop its native advertising offering and secure several acquisitions including Viant. Rip will be succeeded by Rich Battista.
Rich Battista Named CEO Time Inc.
Time Inc. has tapped Rich Battista as CEO and President. Battista joined Time Inc. in 2015 and previously served as EVP, he will join the board of directors serving as Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Time Inc., Battista served as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. Prior to that he help various roles at for 18 years at Fox Television. He also served as CEO of the publicly traded Gemstar-TV Guide International from 2004 to 2008.
Jen Wong Appointed COO Time Inc.
New Time Inc. CEO, Rich Battista, has appointed Jen Wong as Chief Operating Officer. Wong was previously President of Digital at Time Inc.. Wong will oversee Time Inc.’s digital operations, strategy, product development and content studio, The Foundry. Wong will add oversight of the firm’s consumer marketing and revenue division, including Synapse, Bizrate Insights and TCS. Wong joined Time Inc. 10 months ago from Popsugar Inc. where she was Chief Business Officer.
Cosmopolitan Names Michele Promaulayko Editor-in-Chief
Michele Promaulayko has been named Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan, succeeding Joanna Coles, who was named Chief Content Officer at Hearst Magazines. Promaulayko previous was Editor-in-Chief Yahoo Health. Prior to that she was Executive Editor at Cosmopolitan from 2000 to 2008.
Matt Bean Named Editor-in-Chief Men’s Health
Matt Bean has joined Rodale owned Men’s Health as Editor-in-Chief reporting to Rodale Editorial Director Mike Lafavore. Bean previously served as SVP of Editorial Innovation at Time Inc., helping to launch digital brands Extra Crispy, The Drive, and the company’s Brooklyn-based content studio, The Foundry. Bean also served as Editor-in-Chief at Entertainment Weekly. Earlier in his career Bean served as VP of Digital Product Development, Brand Editor of Men’s Health and Women’s Health and Articles Editor at Men’s Health.
Joanna Bober Steps Down as Lifestyle Director of InStyle to Consult
After seven years as Lifestyle Director of InStyle covering food, interiors, entertaining, travel and wellness, Joanna Bober, has stepped down to consult. Bober will be consulting with brands to develop editorial-style content. Prior to joining InStyle, Bober was at Glamour magazine, was a segment producer for “Fox After Breakfast”, and was a fashion editor at WWD.