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


AriHoffman 2Ari Hoffman, previously President and CEO of Benetton US, is now US CEO of Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda. The brand operates 13 stores in the US and a total of 110 stores worldwide.  “I’m here to grow the business. There are a lot of exciting opportunities in brick-and-mortar, wholesale and e-commerce, which are all growing businesses. The same with men’s, women’s and children’s, which are also growing. I’ll be working to optimize each business and build a wholesale and retail network. That’s my mission for the coming year,” explains Hoffman. Prior to Benetton, Hoffmam was US CEO of Gant and was with Yves Saint Laurent for 12 years.

Kenneth S. Frieze 2Kenneth Frieze, previously President Gordon Brothers Group, is now Chief Executive Officer of the restructuring, investment and consulting firm. He succeeds Michael Frieze, who continues as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer.

Alessandra Bettar, previously Global Commercial Director at Joseph, is now CEO of Italian luxury goods label Valextra. The label is opening a 1,620 square foot flagship store on Madison Avenue, in New York, this November.

Paul Mason, previously Chief Executive at Asda, and then Matalan, is now non-executive chairman for fast fashion retailer New Look. Mason succeeds New Look’s founder Tom Singh, who was previously interim non-executive chairman. Singh will stay on the retailer’s board as non-executive director.

Marie-Pierre 2Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora, who previously held roles at Illuminage, a skin care device company she founded, Kiehl’s and L’Oreal, is now senior vice president of global marketing for Estée Lauder. Stark-Flora will report to Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President for the Estée Lauder brand, and will be based in the US. She will be responsible for leading global marketing strategy, consumer engagement strategy, and digital marketing and media planning.

Nancy Pedot, is stepping down from her role as Chief Executive Officer at Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam. Parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd, which also own Uniqlo, J Brand and Theory, reports that Pedot is leaving to pursue other career opportunities. Until a successor is named, Nobuo Domae, Senior Group Officer at Fast Retailing and Co-CEO of Fast Retailing France will oversee Pedot’s duties.

Rick Blackshaw, previously President of Keds, is now President of Sperry Top-Sider.

Chris Lindner, previously Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development for Sperry Top-Sider, is now President of Keds.

Suzanne Dawson, previously Chief Marketing Officer for Murad, is now Chief Executive Officer for Ole Henriksen and Senior Vice President at Kendo Brands.

Dirk Vosswinkel is now Chief Executive Officer of recently restructured Mandarina Duck. He returns to Mandarina Duck, where he previously was General Manager of the label’s German branch from 2003 to 2007.

Stuart M. Goldblatt, previously Executive Vice President of Merchandising for private brands at Macy’s Merchandising Group, is now President and Chief Operating Officer at Bill Blass.

Richard Cymberg, previously President and Executive Director of L’Oréal Korea and Travel Retail Americas, is now global Clients Management Director for L’Oréal Group Travel Retail.

John Mangan, previously General Manager of L’Oréal Luxe Divesion is now General Manager Travel Retail at the firm.

Sudhakar Puvvada, previously Vice President of Technology at Ashland Inc., is now Vice President with responsibility for global jeans innovation at VF Corp.

Danielle de Marne, previously VP of Creative Services at The Jones Group, is now VP of Merchandising at Fred Segal.

Ray Chang, previously Creative Director at, is now Creative Director of Digital at Fred Segal.

Sarah Carnabuci, previously Marketing Manager at Carolina Herrera, is now Marketing Director at the company.

Elizabeth Fuller, previously Manager of Social Media Strategy at Elie Tahari, is now Digital Manager at Carolina Herrera.

Veronica Martinez, previously Communications Associate at Carolina Herrera, is now PR and Events Manager at the firm.

Janessa Anderson, previously PR Coordinator of Womenswear at Tommy Hilfiger, is now Associate Manager of Global PR at Gap.

Whitney Goodman, previously Associate at Post+Beam LA, is now PR Specialist at Lucky Brand.


Sarah Meikle, previously Fashion Market Director at Glamour, is now Fashion Director at Condé Nast Traveler.

Matthew Lynch, previously Senior Editor at Capital New York, is now Deputy Online Editor at Vanity Fair.

Diane Clements, previously Director of Advertising for Los Angeles at Rolling Stone, is now Director of Advertising for Los Angeles at NYLON.

Suejin Yang, previously VP at Bravo Digital Media, is now VP and General Manager of Digital Entertainment at People and Entertainment Weekly.

Morgan Gibson, previously Assistant Editor at Every Day With Rachel Ray, is now Associate Food & Lifestyle Editor at People.

Stuart Brumfitt, previously Freelance Writer, is now Digital News Editor at i-D.

Lindy West, previously Staff Writer at Jezebel, is now Digital Culture writer at GQ.

Nikki Glazer, previously Account Manager at C&G Publications, is now Northwest Account Director at Marie Claire.

Naomi Zeichner, previously Music Editor at BuzzFeed, is now Editor-in-Chief at The Fader.


Megan Levinson, formerly senior publicity manager at Meredith Corporation, has been named PR manager at Yahoo Lifestyle.


Melissa Duren, formerly Head of PR at Jennifer Bett Communications, has been appointed Partner & Managing Director at the firm.

Molly Battles, previously PR Manager at The Rosen Group, is now PR Manager of Men’s Group at Bonnier.

Taylor Boozan, previously Assistant Account Executive at Company Agenda, is now Junior Account Executive at LaForce + Stevens.


SHO + CO announces its representation of Tamara Mellon for VIP services.

PR Consulting announces its representation of A.L.C.

Alison Brod Public Relations announces its representation of ThaliaSodi for Macy’s and Feiyue.

Think PR announces its representation of Vestiaire Collective.

The Musmanno Group announces its representation of Sally Hershberger, Sally Hershberger Hair Collection, and MAUD Jewelry.

Michele Marie PR announces its representation of Isharya.

Purple PR announces its representation of Louis Leeman.

Brandstyle Communications announces its representation of, Joey Wolffer, and The Styleliner.

Frame Public Relations announces its representation of Amanda Shi Collection, Rhonda Shear, TRISWIM, and DermaSport.

Industry Group announces its representation of Nathalie Trad.

Lawlor Media Group announces its representation of Mirch Masala, Haldi, and Tipsy Crafts.

Samantha Slaven Publicity announces its representation of Baszicare Skincare.