By Francesca Mainella | Impressionist
New York, United States – The Impression compiles the most important professional moves of the week.



Gap CMO, Seth Farbman to Step Down

Seth Farbman, CMO of Gap, will step down in January when new Gap brand global president Jeff Kirwan assumes office. Farbman, who joined Gap in 2011 from ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in New York, has been widely considered one of the most influential CMO’s in and outside the industry. His departure comes at a time when Gap is making a number of major executive transitions at the senior level including Gap Inc. CEO Glenn Murphy stepping down to be replaced by Art Peck, currently president of growth, innovation and digital operations.

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Mulberry Taps Gilhart

Julie Gilhart, a freelance fashion consultant, is now on the Mulberry company board as a non-Executive Director. Over the years, Gilhart has advised clients including Amazon, LVMH, and Tory Burch. Prior to joining the British Luxury label Mulberry, Gilhart spent 18 years at Barneys New York.


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Net-a-Porter Hires VP of Global Buying

Sarah Rutson, previously a longtime Fashion Director of Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, is now the Vice President of Global Buying for Net-a-Porter. Prior to joining the womenswear e-tailer, Rutson worked with Lane Crawford for over two decades and is credited with developing the women’s contemporary department. Effective January 12, she joins the luxury retailer’s New York offices and will report to Net-a-Porter President, Alison Loehnis.

Michael Barnes, previously is CEO of Signet, is now CEO of Francesca’s Holdings Corp.

Michele Sofisti, previously CEO of Gucci Watches and Jewelry, has left the company.

Stefanie Mohr, previously PR Director of Glamour, is now Assistant Vice President of Public Relations at L’Oréal Paris.

Rob Caldwell, previously Director of VIP Relations at David Yurman, is now Senior PR Director at Badgley Mischka.

Sarah Hauser, previously PR Coordinator at Roger Vivier, is now PR Manager at Proenza Schouler.

Morgan Healy, previously PR Coordinator at Lacoste, is now Menswear Coordinator at Christian Louboutin.

Fabrizio Stroppa, previously Commercial Director at Hunter, is now Vice President of Wholesale Partnerships at Coach.

Sadie Tew, previously Vice President of European Retail for Michael Kors, is now VP of Retail and Customer Experience at Coach.

Stefano Caroti, is resigning as Chief Commercial Officer from Puma, effective Dec. 31.


Michele Lavery, previously Editor of the Telegraph Magazine, is now Head of Fashion, Luxury, and Magazines at the Telegraph Media Group.

Lisa Armstrong, previously Fashion Editor of the Telegraph Magazine, is now Fashion Director at the publication.

Belinda White, previously Luxury and Digital Fashion Editor of the Telegraph Magazine, is now Digital Fashion Director and Luxury Editor at the publication.

Tamsin Blanchard, previously Style Director of the Telegraph Magazine, is now Fashion Features Director at the publication.

Daniella Agnelli, previously  Fashion Director at the Telegraph Magazine, is now Fashion Editor at Large at the publication.

Ella Ceron, previously Producer at Thought Catalog, is now Associate Editor of Social Media at New York Magazine’s The Cut.


Jaclyn Foster, previously International PR Associate at Tory Burch, is now Associate Manager of PR and Marketing for Piperlime.


Kyle Hulcher, previously PR Freelancer, is now Talent Agent at NEXT Management.


Aisha Beau Johnson, previously Account Executive at Siren PR, is now Account Executive at LaForce + Stevens.

Matt Kays, previously Account Director at HL Group, is now Account Director of Corporate Fashion at PR Consulting.

Talia Cadet, previously Account Executive at Moxie Communications Group, is now Account Executive at Think PR.


Black Frame announces its representation of Creatures of the Wind.

LaForce + Stevens announces its representation of Lilly Pulitzer.

IHPR announces its representation of Enza Costa.

Krupp Group announces its representation of LOVER and Ileana Makri for VIP services.

Full Picture announces its representation of Sarah Flint.

BrandLink Communications announces its representation of UNOde50.

BPCM announces its representation of RISTO for PR and Celebrity in the U.S. and Europe.

Bollare announces its representation of Boda SkinsSunday Somewhere, and Ruthie Davis for VIP services.

Le Brain, announces its representation of  Samantha Wills and Smoke x Mirrors.

Jennifer Bett Communications announces its representation of Clarks.