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This week Mickey Drexler Steps Down as CEO handing the reigns to James Brett, Stefano Rosso Become Diesel North America CEO, John Ray joins Thomas Pink as Creative Director.
BY BRENNA O’DONNELL
BRANDS & Retailers
Mickey Drexler Steps Down as J. Crew CEO
Long-time CEO Mickey Drexler is departing J. Crew, but will stay on as Chairman has he holds a 10% stake in the company. Drexler arrived at J. Crew in 2003 and is credited with turning it into the upscale, all-American retailer that it is today. During his time there he founded Madewell, a womenswear subsidiary of J. Crew. Prior to that, Drexler worked at Gap Inc. acting as President for 8 years, then CEO for 7 years, founding subsidiary Old Navy while he was there. Drexler will be succeeded by James Brett.
J. Crew Names James Brett at CEO
James Brett has been tapped to succeed Mickey Drexler as CEO of J. Crew. Previously, Brett was President of specialty furniture retailer West Elm, which grew to be a $1 billion dollar global brand during his 7 year tenure. Prior to that, Brett was Chief Merchandising Officer for Urban Outfitters, and before that he worked in Executive Divisional positions at Anthropologie Home and JC Penny.
Tory Burch Taps Ayub Mohammed as President of Tory Sport
Ayub Mohammed has been named the new President of Tory Sport, where he will report to Tory Burch herself and Chief Legal Officer Robert Isen. Mohammed joins from DKNY where he was the Executive Vice President of Merchandising. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of Givenchy and before that Mohammed held numerous global leadership roles at Levi & Strauss.
Hudson’s Bay Names Alison Coville as President
In a corporate wide restructuring, Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed Alison Coville as President of Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters in Canada. Coville has held leadership positions in merchandising with HBC since 2005. Prior to joining HBC in 1999 as a divisional merchandise manager, Coville worked at T. Eaton Company.
Janis Leigh has been promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer at HBC.
Andrew Blecher has been named Chief Communications Officer at HBC.
Farfetch Promotes John Veichmanis to CMO
John Veichmanis has been promoted to the position of Chief Marketing Officer for e-commerce platform Farfetch. Veichmanis joined the firm in 2015 as SVP of Digital Marketing from Expedia where he was last VP of Consumer Acquisition. He has previously worked invidious roles at Apple, Dell, Otto, and Skype.
Carl Malmgren Promoted to Creative Director at Cheap Monday
Stockholm-based denim brand Cheap Monday has promoted Carl Malmgren as Creative Director. Malmgren has been with the brand since its launch in 2004, working alongside founder Örjan Andersson. Malmgren, most recently served as the Head of Cheap Monday’s denim division. The Swedish jeans label was acquired by H&M in 2008.
Thomas Pink Taps John Ray as Creative Director
LVMH-owned Thomas Pink has tapped John Ray as its new Creative Director. Previously Ray was creative director at Dunhill from 2012 to 2016. Ray served at Gucci, joining the organization in 1996 as a Menswear Consultant under Tom Ford, eventually rising to VP of Menswear in 2001 and Creative Director in 2004. His first collection for the British label, which became a part of the LVMH Group in 1999, will be for Autumn 2018.
Diesel Names Stefano Rosso CEO North America
Son of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, Stefano Rosso, has been appointed North American CEO. Recently, Rosso served as Co-Chief Executive of Diesel’s parent company OTB, owner of Marni, Viktor & Rolf and Maison Margiela. Rosso joined Diesel in 2005, holding various roles including Denim Brand Manager.
Paul Kenyon Joins Clarks as CFO
British footwear retailer Clarks has named Paul Mark Kenyon asChief Financial Officer. Kenyon joins from Noman Foods where he served as CFO since 2015. Kenyon has held previous financial roles at Iglo Group,
Mauro Ravizza Krieger Steps Down as Pal Zileri Creative Director
After three years at the helm, Mauro Ravizza Krieger is stepping down as Creative Director of Italian menswear brand Pal Zileri. His final collection for the label will be presented this month in Milan as part of the Spring/Summer 2018 season. Prior to joining Pal Zileri, Krieger held various roles at Caruso, Loro Piana, Herno and Luciano Barbera.
Björn Borg Promotes Antoine Huizinga to Managing Director
Björn Borg has promoted Antoine Huizinga from Sales Director at Björn Borg Benelux to Managing Director. Huizinga joined the firm six years ago six years having held various roles at Puma and Dobotex International.
Tamara Zverinskaya, previously Associate Director at PR Consulting, has been named PR Director at Norma Kamali.
Ilissa Goldenberg, previously PR Manager at Tumi, has been named PR and Social Media Manager at Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Stella Bugbee Promoted to Editor-in-Chief of The Cut
New York Magazine’s The Cut has promoted Stella Bugbee to President and Editor-in-Chief. Bugbee was previously the Editorial Director and will now will now manage marketing and branded content for the women’s site along with her executive editorial responsibilities. Bugbee has held various industry roles including Design Director at Domino Magazine and Associate Creative Director at creative agency, AR New York.
Kat Cooper, previously PR Manager at Paper, has left the company.
Erica Morelli, previously Account Manager at Purple, has been named Account Manager at Karla Otto.
PR Consulting announces its representation of Miami Design District.
Purple PR announces its representation of Willy Chavarria.
Linda Gaunt Communications announces its representation of Claudia Li.
HL Group announces its representation of 11 Honoré.
LaForce announces its representation of Fame and Partners.
C&M Media announces its representation of Cochains, and Camilla and Marc.