New York, United States – The Impression compiles the most important professional moves of the week.


chris-benz-484 2Chris Benz, previously designer of his namesake line, will begin immediately as the new Creative Director of Bill Blass. This is the first strategic move of the freshly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Goldblatt, who recently joined the brand last month.  Benz will be the first design head in two years, as Bill Blass has been without a Creative Director since 2012, when Jeffrey Monteiro was released.  Previous to launching his namesake line in 2007, Benz was a designer for Marc Jacobs and J. Crew.  We will anticipate his first debut collection for Bill Blass in Spring 2016.

giuseppe-giovannetti-390x214 2Giuseppe Giovannetti, previously President of the Americas for Bottega Veneta is now Chief Executive of Tomas Maier.  Giovannetti is succeeding Daniel Ott, who has left the company.  According to Kering, Ott was successful in “starting up” the business and integrating it into the Kering group, which took a significant stake in the New York-based label last November. Giovanetti, however, will take the brand forward and “pursue the building and expansion of the Tomas Maier brand,” while reporting to Kering’s CEO of the luxury couture and leather division, Marco Bizzarri.

Fred-Santarpia-240x300 2Fred Santarpia, previously General Manager at Vevo is now Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast.  In this newly created position, Santarpia will be responsible for expanding the reach of Condé Nast’s brands across mobile and digital platforms, strengthening its marketing and deepening the relationship the firm has with its audiences. “The success of the company’s digital video strategy is a testament to Fred’s leadership and the hard work of the digital team at CNÉ,” said Condé Nast president Robert A. Sauerberg. “With this appointment, we look to Fred to extend his strong digital vision to the rest of the company.” Prior to Vevo, Santarpia has held senior level positions at Universal Music Group and Arthur Andersen.

Peter Herink, previously Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Global Retail at Tory Burch, is now Chief Executive Officer of Akris, North America.  Herink will report to Peter Kriemler, the President and CEO of the St. Gallen, Switzerland-based firm.  At Akris, Herink will oversee the company’s business in North America, including operation, strategic direction and expansion.  In the U.S., Akris operates freestanding stores in New York, Dallas, Boston and Bal Harbor, with selective distribution in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom.

Gerrit Ruetzel, currently President and CEO of Hugo Boss for the Asia Pacific region, has been named President and CEO for Hugo Boss Americas, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Bernd Beetz, previously Executive Chairman of St. John, is now the interim Chief Executive Officer on the departure of current CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck.

Paul Burke, previously an advisor to the CEO of Lane Crawford is now the first Chief Executive Officer of Galeries Lafayette for China.

Richard Simonin, recently appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Vivarte is now the Chief Executive Officer at the French Retail Group.

Ludwig Heissmeyer, previously Rena Lange’s Creative Director, is leaving the now insolvent Munich Fashion House.

Allie Lynch, previously Senior Publicist at KCD, is now PR Manager at Gucci.

Jill Borkan, previously Director of PR at True Religion, is now VP of Communications and Marketing at Ralph Rucci.

André Leon Talley, previously Artistic Director at Zappos, has left the company.

Allison Osborne-Sassa, previously Travel Retail Account Manager and Northeast Sales Representative at Lacoste, is now Director of Wholesale for the Americas at Vilebrequin.


Josh Stinchcomb, previously VP of Corporate Partnerships at Condé Nast, is now SVP of Sales Strategy at the company.

Mary Kate Steinmiller, previously Senior Fashion Market Editor at Teen Vogue, has left the publication.

Sheena Smith, previously Accessories Director at Teen Vogue, has left the publication.

Jessica Coen, currently Editor-at-Large at Jezebel, has added the position as Contributing Editor at Marie Claire.

Mitsu Tsuchiya, previously Senior Men’s Market Editor at NYLON, is now Market Editor at Complex.

Luke Leitch, previously Deputy Fashion Editor at The Telegraph, has left the publication.

Daniela Agnelli, previously Fashion Director at Telegraph Magazine, has left the publication.

Charlie Harrington, previously fashion Director at Stella, has left the publication.

Frankie Graddon, previously Junior Fashion Editor at Stella, has left the publication.

Lisa Valentino, previously CRO at Condé Nast Entertainment, is now Lead of Digital Sales at the company.

Joe Simon, previously Chief Technology Officer at Condé Nast, has left the company.

Bernardo Chévez, previously Director of Engineering at Condé Nast, is now VP of Technology at Hearst.

Emily Jipson, previously Head of Global Product Management at Yahoo Finance, is now VP of product at Hearst.

Cezara Popa, previously West Coast Marketing and PR manager at Marimekko, is now Marketing Manager at Time Out Los Angeles.


Cezara Popa, previously West Coast Marketing and PR manager at Marimekko, is now Marketing Manager at Time Out Los Angeles.

Federica Parruccini, previously PR manager at Valentino, is now Publicity Director at KCD.

Parise Sellitti, previously Director of Communications and Special Projects at Cool Hunting, is now Digital director at PR Consulting.

Samantha Kallen, previously Account Manager at HL Group, is now Account Executive at SISTER TRIBES.


CLD PR announces its representation of Lionette by Noa Sade.

LaForce + Stevens announces its representation of Mathieu Mirano.

RMO Wetherly announces its representation of JOE’S Jeans and Jill Haber.

Agentry PR announces its representation of Minnetonka.

Tractenberg & Co.
 announces its representation of Jack Rogers.

5W Public Relations announces its representation of ThirdLove and Skirt Sports.

Bollare announces its representation of Suboo, David Kind, Tkees, Vie Active, and Show Me Your Mumu.

Michele Marie PR announces its representation of Swoon Beauty.

Linda Gaunt Communications announces its representation of Diana Vreeland Parfums and Virginia Johnson. 

Jim Mannino PR announces its representation of Amir Taghi.