BY KENNETH RICHARD
BRANDS & Retailers
Creative Director Peter Dundas & Roberto Cavalli Part Ways
Florence based Roberto Cavalli SpA and Creative Director Peter Dundas are parting ways as the organization streamlines offices and reduces headcount. The Norwegian Dundas joined Robert Cavalli in 2015 from Emilio Pucci where he also held the role of Creative Director. Prior to Pucci, Dundas served in various design roles at Dolce & Gabbana, Emanuel Ungaro, and Revlon. He had previously worked with founder Roberto Cavalli and his wife Eva as head designer from 2002 to 2005, returning to the firm to present his first collection for the house in Milan in September 2015. The firm will not be replacing the role immediately as it moves to close its Milan design offices to consolidate its operation to Osmannoro, Florence.
Christopher Kane Taps Nikolas Talonpoika CEO
Nikolas Talonpoika has been named CEO of Christopher Kane. Previously Talonpoika was Strategic Marketing and Media Director of Kering. Talonpoika started with the Gucci Group in 2008 as Media Director, he will report to Kering’s group Managing Director, Jean-Jean-François Palus. He started his career in London, working at advertising groups WPP and Publicis as international client director on accounts such as Richemont, L’Oréal and Nespresso.
Clarks Taps Mike Sherwood as CEO
Family owned Clarks has appointment Mike Shearwood as CEO. Sherwood was previously CEO of Karen Millen. Before that for six years he was the CEO of Karen Millen’s parent company, Aurora Fashions, which also owned Oasis, Coast and Warehouse.
Jean-Marc Plisson Named President of Shiseido’s Beauty Prestige Group
Shiseido Americas Corp. has appointed Jean-Marc Plisson President of the company’s newly created Beauty Prestige Group overseeing Shiseido, Laura Mercier, and the firms designer fragrances. Plisson joins Shiseido from Fresh Inc. where he was CEO. Prior to that Plisson spent 20 years working with beauty brands under LVMH Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton holding a variety of roles including COO or CFO for Givenchy, Dior, and Guerlain.
Laura Burdese, previously Managing Director of Swatch Group Italy and President and CEO of Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry Co Ltd., is now President and CEO at Acqua di Parma.
Chico’s Taps Diane Ellis President
Chico’s FAS Inc. has appointed Diane Ellis as President of the Chico’s brand. Ellis joins Chico’s from The Limited, where she was CEO. Prior to The Limited, Ellis was COO/President at Brooks Brothers. Ellis was the Founding Partner of Lighthouse Retail Group, and various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ellis reports to Shelley Broader, CEO of Chico’s FAS Inc..
Monica Vinader Appoints Erica Allen Commercial Director
British jewelry brand Monica Vinader has tapped Erica Allen as Commercial Director. Perviously Allen was Director of International at Farfetched.com. Allen has held various roles at HomeAway, Net-a-Porter, and Tracts. She began her career at Deloitte.
Alice Kim, previously VP of Global Sales at Vita Fede, is now Divisional Merchandise Manager, Accessories at Shopbop.
Christine Vanderzyden, previously Account Executive at BWR Public Relations, is now PR Executive at Net-A-Porter.
Laura Hacker, previously PR Assistant at Jill Stuart, is now Associate Director of Communications.
Jaclyn Weissman, previously USA PR Manager at The Dune Group, has left the company.
Edward Menicheschi Parts Ways with Condé Nast as CMO
Chief Marketing Officer and President of the Condé Nast Media Group, Edward Menicheschi, is parting ways with the group. Menicheschi served as Condé Nast CMO since 2014, prior to that he served the firm as Publisher of Vanity Fair from 2006 to 2014. He began his career at Condé Nast in 1984 serving in various senior roles at GQ, Vogue before moving on to become president of Fairchild Fashion Media, owners of WWD prior to selling the media brand to Penske Media Corp. in 2014. Menicheschi helped the organization navigate to the digital age as well as developing the company’s sponsored content unit, 23 Stories.
Jill Bright Departs as Chief Administrative Officer at Condé Nast
Condé Nast Media Group and Chief Administrative Officer Jill Bright are parting ways after 23 years. Bright joined the firm’s human resources department in 1993 and was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in 2010.
Condé Nast Names Jim Norton as Chief Business Officer
Condé Nast Group has appointed Jim Norton to the newly-created position of Chief Business Officer/President of Revenue. Norton joins Condé Nast from AOL, where was Global Head of Media Sales. Norton joined AOL in 2009 as SVP of AOL Advertising’s Advance Sales team. Previous to AOL, Norton spent 3 years at Google, most recently as National Sales Manager for Google’s Agency Activation team. In his new role Norton will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s 22 titles.
Ernest Bannister Jr., previously Account Supervisor at LaForce, is now Associate Vice President at APA PR.
Amber Zannella, previously Senior Account Executive at Siren PR, is now Senior Account Executive at Alison Brod Marketing and Communications.
Sophie Russell, previously Senior Manager of Hospitality and lifestyle at PR Consulting, has left the company.
Stefan Golangco, previously Senior Account Executive at Nadine Johnson, is now Communications Manager at R/GA.
Jennifer Gauthier, previously Senior Account Executive at Blue Sky Communications, is now Account Supervisor at Lippe Taylor.
Carolyn Batista, previously Account Manager at Negri Firman PR & Communication, is now Account Director at HL Group.
Amy Bisger, previously Senior Manager at HL Group, has left the company.
Karla Otto New York announces its representation of Olivier Theyskens.
Bradbury Lewis announces its representation of ICB.
C&M Media announces its representation of Manila Grace.
IHPR announce its representation of Kule.
HL Group LA announces its representation of Fashionable for PR and VIP Services.